Growing up near farms and knowing farmers I thought that farms and the animals on them, even if they were raised for food, lead happy lives.
Then off course I realized that the American way of pushing quality down, prices down and always hunger for more profits – by higher quantities of purchases and wider market adoption had destroyed not only traditional towns, family bonds – but also agricultural construction. The movie Food Inc showcases this fact so clearly, and the scene of a mother loosing her 5 year old son in a horrid way to expired cow meat – a hamburger, is a gruesome thing to witness.
Off course no one cares for an animal or a person, if those animals and people are working inside a factory farm of dark walls and concrete instead of on a green meadow. For centuries the art of raising crops or animals to feed people were a job of great honor in society, even though it wasn’t very glamorous, and it sad to see the great country of America destroy this tradition.
USA needs to break down its industrial agriculture and bring back the family farms. America also need to bring back its industries from abroad, and Americans must agree to pay a bit more for their product in order to sustain its own workforce. This will also ensure products of greater quality which can withstand the tooth of time and ensure a more environmentally friendly approach to consumerism.
Buy local, buy organic and ask your family farmer for a custom delivery of grass fed grass fished meat delivery to support their hard work.
Not all food is created equal hence the modern concept “Not all calories are created equal”. More folks are battling their scales and waistlines, and 18% of American children aged 6–11 years were obese in 2012. So America decided that it’s OK that 1 out of every 5th child is overweight, and the number keeps climbing.
Big industry took over making the dinner plate and everything on it, as people chose to outsource their lives and homes and focus on their careers: Fast cars, degrees, houses, clothes, furniture, relationships.. Stress. But the basic human act of making and eating a meal together is a very emotional and binding experience. It grounds us and has long been a staple in family lives. I recall reading “Eating Animals” and it really stuck a cord.
As the art of eating basic homemade food went out the window, we saw a rise in the diet industry, eating disorders, cancer and heart problems. Not to mention the destruction of the country itself, and the risk to people when water supplies become polluted. I mean, Flint water crises anyone?
Aren’t anyone connecting the dots: It starts over there, but soon enough it will be here on your own doorstep. Then what? Who will fight for you when everyone else is already drinking poisoned water and getting sick for life? When is America going to get back to thinking about the collective community instead of the immediate need for the next fix of packaged and polluting junk food?
What happened to the American dream of enjoying childhood as an active and healthy kid fishing in the river and eating it for dinner?