I was recently reading one of the many seasonal articles ( you see them EVERY year) about how our Thanksgiving turkeys are grown in factory farms. How
they're filled with drugs, and how we've bred them to be so "breast heavy" that they cannot even walk. It made me think. WHY? Why do we read these
articles every year and nothing ever changes?
Society has been aware of factory farms and the dangers they pose for decades now. I believe we all realise that meat products, dairy products,
eggs, etc can be and often are/ loaded with drugs and growth hormones that harm adults and especially children. Factory farms even "modify" the
We have seen videos and news articles of factory farm conditions with stressed out animals being treated cruelly, and slaughter houses that drag
"downers" ( down or sick animals) around with bulldozers and throw them into the slaughter chute. Just this month Smithfield Farms and a giant egg
producer were exposed for filthy and cruel conditions. It never ends. Yes they're ultimately going to be killed, but their humane treatment is not
just ethical, it benefits the eventual consumers as well, who aren't eating stressed out drug laden animals "processed" in questionable conditions.
We know that factory farms produce runoff that destroys the environment. We're all aware of it, and we all hate it, but we seem to keep letting it
go on. Our health is suffering for it.
Honestly could it be time for an OCCUPY THE FACTORY FARM or OCCUPY THE SLAUGHTERHOUSE?
I say this in all seriousness. Not only would it benefit our health directly and dramatically, it would likely also encourage smaller farms which
would help the smaller farmer who are nearly gone. This would create jobs for people, healthier food for people, higher quality conditions and
treatment of animals. It all goes hand in hand really.
It would also work to get rid of "food deserts" in America, and start getting Americans back towards a "locally grown, locally sustainable" system of
farming and consuming, which would also not only create jobs but benefits all of us by giving us fresher foods AND reducing our dependence on foods
being shipped from coast to coast in order to find it's way on our plate..which might come in handy for a number of reasons.
Just a thought.
edit on 22-11-2011 by Gemwolf because: Removed all caps from title