Friday, October 29, 2010

grass fed sweet dreams

I was having a conversation with my hubby over dinner about a presentation he is doing regarding LSD and any mental illnesses connected to that...etc.etc...(he is going to school to be a therapist).

We started talking about the couple of disorders someone could be diagnosed with and then I remembered this odd thought that had crossed my mind a couple of days ago...

...totally off topic...but you know that sociopath's may have started out as kids who did horrible things to animals. So, I was thinking about all the people who work in slaughter houses and their job is to do horrible things to animals.

I eat this is not a vegetarian thing, this is just how my over tired brain works...but think about all of those people, thousands, maybe tens of thousands, who work in the most horrible conditions where they themselves and the animals are treated inhumanely. How this must wear on them physically, emotionally, spiritually! I can't imagine killing animals once, let alone every day...hundreds or thousands per day.

So, we have this 'system' that removes us from our food to a degree that we have no clue what's going on and most people don't want to have a clue. Then we have people who work in terrible conditions and do terrible things to animals (which if they were kids we would classify them as mentally ill). How much 'mental programing' has to go into this system to make it work. Programming people to be able to treat animals in terrible ways. This system has had to 'program' these people to a certain degree to get them to be okay with this enough that they will perform this work day after day. To top it off, the food is also so sick that it has to be cleansed in major chemicals before it is 'fit' for any of us to eat.

It's a sick cycle..sick system, sick people, sick animals, sick food. So, now that I am done barfing...I am back to pondering what the hell happened!

I do think that if I was forced to farm for my own food, I would eat a lot different. Even if I had a lovely farm, with free range, grass fed animals...treating animals in a healthy and 'humane' way, I would still have a very difficult time killing them so that I could eat meat. I would probably just eat eggs and hopefully have a river or something for fish.

There are so many worthy causes to get fired up about...and I promise not to blog about all of them, but I am really hung up on this.

For now...,enjoy a grass fed burger and sweet dreams!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

cage free

SO...this isn't a post about babies. I have about 30 half written blogs about baby related stuff saved that I could work on finishing, but decided that I felt like writing about something else today.

I am mad. Mad at the way our food is advertised. It is our job as consumers to be aware, do our research and make sure what we eat is what we want. However, other areas, like the safety of our food, or the honesty of labeling should be provided by the FDA...shouldn't it??? I understand advertising, but this one really pisses me off.

There are MANY areas of this particular issue that I could share my bitterness about, but I will keep it to the 'cage free' issue today.

Hopefully you have noticed at your grocery store that there are many egg mention a few you have available: traditionally 'raised' eggs, cage free and free range. Cage free sounds like a good thing. At first thought, eggs that were provided by a chicken not raised in a cage sounds like a much better situation than one where the chick was was raised in a cage. Cages sound cruel and awful. If you have ever read any books or seen any documentaries on how animals used for food are treated, you have seen(or read) the disgusting images or chickens in cases. So, you ask, where is the issue? Why am I writing about this? Cage free good, right?


Cage free is just a giant cage. It's a dark and dank metal shed. It's just another over-crowded, filthy and inhumane way to raise chickens. If you don't care about the cage thing, then buy the cheaper traditionally raised eggs. Save yourself the money. If you do care how chickens are raised, buy free range (or don't eat eggs...but I do like eggs). Free range is the only option where chickens get to roam around, stretch their lil' chicken legs, get fresh air and sunshine.

Rent or Netflix "Food Inc." if you want details on this and much more. Make the world a better and healthier place for our children.

Sweet dreams friends.