We’re continuing on with Joel’s book – Folks, This Ain’t Normal – today.
I found this chapter particularly saddening. (Is that a word?) Joel says, “Confining thousands of animals under one roof certainly is not normal.” Well, duh! Even a five year old understands this and yet it’s exactly what the American food system has done.
CAFO. Ugh. I wish that I had never heard of this word. It’s become a “curse” word on our farm. Tears still come to my eyes every time I pass by, see pictures or think about one of these prisons for animals.
Talk about animal abuse! The animals live their whole lives on slatted floors or in dirt yards covered with manure (see my pictures from last week’s post).
On top of penning these animals into confined spaces, then they DRUG them! All in the name of keeping them healthy and not passing on diseases. The drugs wouldn’t be needed if they were raised in a healthy environment.
Think of all the time, money and effort is put into creating new drugs and vaccines. Think of the millions of dollars that go into recalls. (another ugly word, but let’s save that for another day)
Is anyone as saddened as I am? But what can we do?
Let’s talk about Joel’s points to ponder:
- Examine the terrain of your life, emotionally, spiritually, physically, mentally, vocationally, relationally – is it healthy?
- Is something is out of whack, ask, “What can I do to heal it?”.
- Get together with others in your community and write a local ordinance banning CAFO’s in your jurisdiction.
- Patronize non-CAFO meat, dairy, and poultry products.
- Remember the carbonaceous diaper – it doesn’t even stink.