Thursday, December 01, 2011

meat - yes or no?

Part of me really wants to stop eating meat.  And part of me finds it a good (inexpensive, filling) protein source.  But maybe it's just familiar to me, therefore easier.
If I could always buy organic, truly farm raised meats, my problem would be over.  Whole Foods is a great source, but a bit tough on my budget. 

Am I making excuses?
Do I need to align my money with my values?

I found this fascinating:

John Ikerd, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Economics at the University of Missouri, Columbia: The biggest single problem with factory farming is that it shows no respect for the sanctity of life — either the life of farm animals or human life. Factory farming treats feedlots as biological assembly lines, where the animals are simply machines that produce meat, milk, or eggs for nameless, faceless consumers, with no respect for the people who work in them or live in the communities where they operate. This lack of respect for life undermines the ethical and moral fabric of society.
And Carolyn's post from the National Conference to End Factory Farming is even more fascinating.  Thanks for sharing Carolyn!