Feeding the Animals that Feed Us

By treatyrockbeef - Last updated: Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - Save & Share - Leave a Comment

Feeding the Animals that Feed Us

Happy New Year Farmers Market Friends:
 
I want to thank you all for enabling me to pursue a new direction in life and participate in the local food movement.  My friend Marisa who works with the Dept of Ag division of DEM sent me this incredibly informative article produced by the UK Soil Conservation Association.  It’s 15 pages long and looks like a homework assignment but well worth the time and effort.  I have just scanned it so far. 
 
The information is clearly presented and outlines the incredibly damaging environmental impact of industrial-scale animal feeding operations to wild places and global climate concerns.  Most animals consumed in US and UK don’t reside on farms anymore (much to their bad luck – the first step toward abandoning ethics in animal husbandry) and much of the food they receive is imported from cleared rainforest or grasslands that no longer grow crops to feed local people.  Large-scale feeding operations can’t possibly feed the animals from on-site sources.  The soy travels long distances and the companies need to operate on a large scale in order to be profitable and bring low-cost meat to market. 
 
Our society has been conditioned to expect large portions – this product is delivered with the assistance of synthetic proteins, fish meal from collapsed menhaden stocks and ground chicken feathers.  Our health and animal health suffers as a direct result.  A billion people are starving and Americans are overweight stuffed with convenience food.  Teach your kids to cook real food this year if they don’t already.  Eat less meat but eat the right meat.
 
Respecting the Protein, PMB

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