Do you love Chocolate? Do you love Bacon? Do you love Chocolate Bacon?
Many people eat meat and animal products for nourishment and because they enjoy experiencing the flavors, texture and satisfaction it provides.
For thousands of years humans civilizations around the world evolved farming and processing animals relatively the same way.
However around the turn of the 20th century in the US, The first slaughterhouse opened in Chicago, where a deer could be slaughtered and packaged in 35 minutes versus the traditional 10 hours of labor from a Butcher and an assistant
Almost in direct correlation bewteen the increasing efficiency of modern animal agriculture in America, is the increasing demand and appetite for animal products in our food and consequently our increasing rates of terminal illnesses
Don’t worry I do not plan to take away your pepperoni pizza, the cream that highlights your coffee or the robustness of your favorite egg dish.
I am here to distinguish that not animal products are created equally and to specify three reasons why I recommend avoiding store bought meat and animal products!
Store bought animal products have toxic Containments
Due to increasing consumer demand for cheap meat and stock holder’s increasing demand for profits, animals are processed at an increasing quantity at minimal cost and standards of safety or quality.
The animals are given several antibiotics and pharmaceuticals to minimize the diseases that thrive on overcrowded feedlots where animals live, eat and poop in their final days
When cows are gutted on the assembly line, feces from the intensities often spill and spray out over the equipment and meat
Bacteria and viruses along with residues from the antibiotics used to treat them and feca matter are all found in alarming amounts in store bought meat.
Store bought meat contributes to Inhumane treatment of animals
Those of us were lucky enough to grow up with pets, learned young to show respect and care for animals.
It is hard to imagine an animal we love, with unique personalities and familial relationships being treated inhumanely and suffering.
Slaughter houses are built in remote areas without any windows, so people will not see and therefore protest how the animals are treated there
Female cows will only produce milk during and after pregnancy, so dairy cows are strapped and restrained to what are called in the industry ‘rape cages’ to be artificially ins-emanated so they’ll continue to be produce until they’re body physically can’t anymore
Baby calves are taken from their mothers, often within two hours of their birth to reduce the babies exposure to the toxicity of the maternity pen. The calve is also operated to raise for view and so they won’t drink any of the Mom’s milk farmed for human consumption.
For industrial egg production, an entirely separate breed of chicken is used than those raised for meat. The male chickens of this laying breed are obviously raised for laying eggs, and therefore killed as chicks bye being thrown away in garbage bags or ground up in chipping machines to be used in feed for other animals.
Less meat and dairy intake is healthier
There is an emerging body of scientific evidence linking increased amounts of animal fats, proteins and Cheleostroal to two large causes of death in the US today, cancer and heart diseases
Studies show that by reducing our consumption of animal products and replacing them whole Whole Foods from plants, we can significantly reduce our risks of these diseases
Another benefit of a diets with considerable whole plant foods is that they also have more fiber, water and micronutrients which further contributes to our health and wellness.
Eating less animal products is also healthier from the planets perspective. With the growth of industrial scale animal agriculture is also the growing demand for precious natural resources. More land is needed to grow grains to feed cattle, more water is needed to grow that grain. The additional over 4 billion farm animals also adds considerable amount of poop and strain onto the global sewer and waste water equations.
This information about containments, animal welfare and hthe health of the planet can be alarming and discouraging, especially if it is new for you or if you love store bought meat and animal products and eat them often.
I invite you to consider minimizing eating and buying store bought meat and animal products and opting for locally raised animal products or plant based alternatives instead. The higher cost and added challenges of obtaining these animal products serve as the perfect impious to reduce our consumption of these products. For anyone interested in learning more about more ethically and environmently produced animal products
Well known farmer, author and speaker, John Salatin wrote a book called Holy Cows and Hog Heaven, the food buyer’s guide to farm friendly food”