The first time I was a presenter at a gathering of vegetarians/vegans I felt like a sacraficial cow (hee hee). But, I’ve always felt that eating meat isn’t as black and white as extremists try to make it. There isn’t only factory farmed meats or no meat. There is non factory farmed meats – Thank goodness!
I completely agree with vegetarians choice to not eat meat if my only selection was factory farmed meats. I don’t want a plate of food full of antibiotics, hormones, and possible bacterial infections, from an animal that has suffered. If you are what you eat, that’s not what I want to be. And, I don’t have to be because of non factory farmed meats and great farmers.
But, I do choose to eat meat . . . and I choose to eat happy, pastured raised, loved animals. I’ve visited my cows, chickens, and pigs (all at different farms). The cows are laying around like the one in the picture. The chickens are running around scratching for bugs. The pigs are sniffing around for acorns and rubbing up against me like big cats. This is part of the great circle of life. And, I appreciate and honor their sacrafice to feed me and my family.
So, it’s time to learn about non factory farmed meats from someone who really understands the difference, Danielle McAnn. When asked what are non factory farmed meats, here’s her answer.
What are non factory farmed meats?
Guest Blog by Danielle McAnn
This is an easy question to answer. If you visited a meat factory farm, where animals are squashed into cages that have a lower volume than their body index, where their legs are often broken to force them to fit into tiny spaces and where they are pumped full of growth hormones and antibiotics so as to make their lives as cheap and quick as possible, you may become a vegetarian on the spot, if only because of the smell, because these animals are forced to live in piles of their own excrement.
Where as if you visited a free range farm, and saw the animals grazing and living in perfectly normal conditions, and growing at a regular rate, farming meat seems to make sense. Even without taking into consideration all of the many health benefits attached to eating free range and grass fed meat, factory farmed meat is still repugnant when compared with it’s more wholesome, better quality and more ethical counterpart, non factory farmed meat. These days, more and more butchers are selling free range and grass fed alternatives, like Cannings butchers. Although free range meats and other meats that are ethically and properly farmed are slightly more expensive, they price difference is nothing when you take into consideration the difference in quality.
We have all heard the warnings against eating too much of the wrong sorts of meats because of health risks, but happily, these risks are minimised if you are only eating free range and grass fed meats.
Danielle McAnn can be reached at daniellehmcann