What Does a Reasonable Person Say?

Industry farming is  ignoring the fundamental needs of animals  in their system (good nutrition, and that of being what they were created to be – unique animals), but what about the fundamental needs of the people they feed (nutrition)?  

All But Forgotten.

Beeves raised in confinement facilities are fed Vitamin E supplements and are often fed “feed by-products” (that were never meant to be consumed by herbivores), in an attempt to redeem the nutrient-lacking properties of the meat. 

Since the 1960’s, large scale poultry (broiler) producers have added arsenic to their poultry’s feed to make the white meat pinker. Did you know that within the past 10 years arsenic has been found to be a more potent cancer promoter than first believed?

Very few people know that the European Union banned the import of ALL United States poultry in 1997! In 2008 the EU agriculture ministers voted to continue the ban. The EU opposes the US practice of washing chicken carcasses in chlorine and other suspicious chemicals to kill bacteria. The European people are protected from consuming the chlorine that remains on and soaks into the carcasses, while many Americans consume it either unknowingly or happily. Only last year after lots of pressure from poultry producers and the US government did the EU consent to lifting this 19 year ban on American poultry!  

Where do you think your nutrition or the health of your children is on the priority list of industrial farmers? Not near the top of the list!

Joel recently released the following thoughts:  “It never ceases IMG_3755to amaze me how different Polyface is than the industry. Because I don’t deal much with the industry, I often assume that what we do here on the farm is routine….I got the latest mailing from the national Pork Checkoff program dedicated to new rules that go into effect in 2017 regarding livestock antibiotic use…In a bulleted section titled “Consider Strategies to Maximize Responsible Use” one of the points is to “wean pigs at 21 to 28 days of age”… Here at Polyface, we won’t allow any piggie to be weaned before 56 days and prefer weaning at more like 70 days. The longer those piggies stay on mama, the healthier they are and the better they get going. Weaning at 21 days would be like weaning a human baby at 3 months. Can you imagine? No wonder the industry has sick pigs that require antibiotics...Most pigs in the country get yanked away from their mothers in less than a month from birth and then receive antibiotics to handle sniffles.” Even after the “withdrawal time” of the antibiotics, traces remain in the animal… Also, if an animal is sick, continually on “crutches”, and cannot survive “a common cold” without the use of antibiotics, the quality of their meat is going to be far inferior. 

Due to  the way most animals are raised in the farming industry, most Americans are found to have high levels of Omega-6 fatty acids (linked to diabetes, obesity, and even cancer) and low levels of Omega-3 fatty acids (which aid baby development and help reduce problems associated with asthma, ADHD, depression and Alzheimer’s disease.) Also, many Americans have low levels of vitamin D. Web-MD says that “Reasons include low availability of Vitamin D in food sources…” Most people know that Vitamin D is found in sunshine and fish oil, and so take fish oil supplements. Egg yolks are also natural sources of vitamin D. But after a study by Mother Earth News, they report that “Results showed that free-range eggs were richer in vitamin D than the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s nutrient data on commercial eggs, which are produced indoors in factory farms. According to the USDA, commercial eggs have 34 IU (international units) per 100 grams. Based on the Mother Earth News findings, two eggs from free-range/pastured hens could provide 63 to 126 percent of the recommended daily intake of vitamin D.” 

IMG_3757The farming industry widely and generously uses antibiotics, added hormones and other negative additives to prop up and provide crutches for their unhealthy animals, destitute land, and broken system. It doesn’t have to be this way! “What does a reasonable person say to that” once asked Joel Salatin referring to the “propping up” of the industry’s system by the use of antibiotics. There is a better way to live, to feed ourselves, to steward our planet, to move forward to the future… We’ve GOT to move forward with a sustainable, regenerative, stewarding mindset. 

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About Hannah Hale

Hannah hails from McComb, Mississippi, where she farmed with her parents and three sisters. Home-schooled all her life, she grew up helping her grandfather on his Black Angus farm and working with her family to raise dairy goats, laying hens, and bees. Her love for animals blossomed through her involvement in 4-H and cattle showing. Hannah discovered Polyface through a lecture by Joel, and while reading his book You Can Farm, she realized that her life-long dream of farming could become a reality. The summer of 2013 saw Hannah a Polyface intern, and she was subsequently chosen to become an apprentice. Now married, Hannah helps her husband as they work as Polyface rental-farm managers. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to be part of the Polyface team and learn from the best. In the future, Hannah wants to farm full-time and keep Jesus central in her life.

2 Responses to What Does a Reasonable Person Say?

  1. I truly want to thank the Salatin family and all of their workers over the years for all they have done to encourage and educate people on how to responsibly raise animals (and pasture). We see so many people trying to mimic what Polyface does. It is inspiring and wonderful to see people really think and act in ways that are contrary to what big industry says to do. Thank you!

  2. Paige says:

    Great post, Hannah! I didn’t know about the EU ban on US poultry or about the arsenic in the feed. Which is concerning because my grandfather has industrial chicken houses. There are a ton in that area of South East Georgia which is now known as a cancer cluster. We have astronomical rates of childhood cancers in a fairly small area. Arsenic in the water is one of the concerns. They believe that was largely caused by people spraying their cows with it back in the day to get rid of ticks.