About a month ago I watched the movie Eating Animals. It was eye opening.
And a graphic depiction of our meat industry, animal treatment, and our environment.
I’ve always eaten meat. There were a few times when I was pregnant that I took a hiatus from meat eating due to my extreme day sickness. But then I went right back to it. I’ve always been into fitness so eating meat was a staple item in my diet.
Fast forward to a month ago. I was horrified.
Horrified by the farms providing our nation with it’s meat. It’s been 17 days since I’ve consumed meat and I’ll be honest I’ve never felt better. I have been testing out milk alternatives, but haven’t been able to find one that tastes palatable.
Appalled by the Ag Gag laws. Shocked by factory farming, facilities where our nation gets the bulk of our meat from are downright cruel to the animals, the environment, and to the consumers. I have a heart for animals and watching the pain they endure it made me absolutely sick. It draws the question why does our nation have so many health concerns? Could it be that eating sick, and stressed animals is a cause for our health issues?
Now I do agree with eating meat from healthy animals that have lived a good life. The animals raised in factory farming are not healthy. They are sick, drugged, oh the list is endless. I’d just say you have to see it to believe it. I don’t, and can’t believe that all the farmers treat their animals this way. Eating Animals did document the few good farmers as well. We need more people like that raising our food.
Part of our homesteading journey was to raise our own meat. I don’t think it’s going to be an easy experience, but I do think it’s important to raise our kids to choose better for their generation.
My husband plans to do a little hunting this year as well. I know some people don’t agree with hunting, but I’d argue for a few reasons.
I found myself thinking about the movie for weeks after I watched it. Sharing it with everyone I knew.
Wondering, how do we fix this? How do we solve this?
I think a smaller scale resolution would be for us to band together and start raising our own food. We see problems all throughout the year warning us of the latest recall on food products. And it isn’t always the meat products we purchase.
I think it’s important that we educate ourselves, and our children to do good and be good in this world.
Just some random Saturday morning thoughts.
If you are interested I’d strongly encourage you to watch the movie.