Exploring the sense and nonsense of food and health

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Happier Chickens?

Would you pay more for a happier and better tasting chicken?




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Return of the Meatrix

Feedlot in the Texas Panhandle

Feedlot in the Texas Panhandle (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you have never watched these brief videos about the realities of factory farming and animal welfare, you may want to check it out.  During the days of my Food and Culture class, they were well received by the students.  It tells the problems with feedlots in an engaging but accurate way.   Stream the movie at The Meatrix.Com from the link at the bottom of the article. Watch Meatrix II and II-1/2 as well as The Meatrix Relaunched for the full story.


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Let the Games Continue?

Check out this excellent article on some important food issues of 2014.  Hopefully, some of the “wars” will cease (especially the low-fat, low-carb debate) and discussions can shift to the more important ones in 2015 such as antibiotics in food, improving our school lunches (so they accept them), educating our children on why healthy eating is important and animal and worker rights in food production (as  the author points out).



The Meat Market – Shame on Tyson

Meat market

Meat market (Photo credit: State Library of Victoria Collections)

This is an interesting site – check it out if you’re interested in our food supply (in this case meat)  and how it operates.  I am ordering the book, The Meat Market by Christopher Leonard.  The events are live on the dates presented.  They are lengthy but you can choose your time and watch as long or as little as you want to.


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Animal Cruelty – The Real Story?

Egg laying hens (chickens) in a factory farm b...

Egg laying hens (chickens) in a factory farm battery cage (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Never doubt that a small, group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Mead

This article speaks for itself as well as the videos.  Why not make a New Year’s resolution to fight against factory farming practices.  Here are 10 ways courtesy of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. (ASPCA).

1.  Learn about the issue.  Read through the ASPCA. section for a quick education on why factory farms are such a significant threat.

2.  Discover How Animal Products are Made.  When making animal product purchases, find out how they were produced; talk to farmers and producers, ask questions and do some research on the topic.

3.  Let Money Talk.  You can choose to buy products from farms with high standards of animal welfare or purchase foods with animal welfare certification labels.  These may be hard to find but if consumer interest increases, there may be pressure on more companies to provide these practices.

4.  Ask Local Grocers and Restaurants  to Offer Offer Foods that are More Humanely Raised.  Frequent these establishment as often as possible.

5.  Spread the Word.  Tell others about factory farming and discuss solutions.  Share information with family and friends, and if appropriate, share information on your website, Facebook page, Twitter or blog.

6.  Tell your state and federal legislators that you’re disturbed by inhumane treatment of animals. Stay up to date on current farm animal legislation.

7.  Fight for Food Safety.  Animals living in close confinement encourages bacterial infections often traced to factory farms..  Also, factory farms typically feed animals small doses of antibiotics which can contribute to antibiotic-resistanct “superbugs”  that can be passed on to humans.

8.   Take Action in Your Community.There’s strength in numbers. Circulate or sign petitions.

9,   Meet Farm Animals.  There are reputable sanctuaries around the country that allow visitors to take tours and meet animals that have been rescued.  Take your kids there to acquaint them with the work being done there.

10.  If You See Something, Say Something.  Factory farms threaten the environment.  They consume natural resources and pollute our air, water and soil.  They also expose workers to unsafe conditions on the job.  Local residents and workers are necessary to report violations and hold these farms accountable.



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