In my quest to not only rid my body of rheumatoid arthritis, but to live a healthier lifestyle, I have read numerous horror stories about the food industry. Still, when I see videos like this one, where factory cows are now being subjected to diets of not only corn, which they are not intended to eat, but also potato chips and chocolate because of the rising cost of corn, it truly amazes me.
For the last three years or more, my family and I have owned shares in a food cooperative. We are able to obtain all of our meat (chicken, beef, pork, lamb), eggs and milk from a group of farmers who raise their animals on pasture, making sure they are free to roam and eat what nature intended them to eat. Is it more expensive? Definitely. Is it worth it? You bet. I feel it is important to feed my family and friends the foods intended for our bodies and to eliminate the artificial colors/flavors, preservatives, hormones, etc in our diet as much as possible. I believe our family dog has every right to live a life on food she was intended to eat and therefore provide her with a varied homemade diet of meat, organs, bone, and veggies/fruits. I also believe that each of the animals that provide food for us deserve to live a life on good food, sunlight and movement.
The way that I eat and the foods I provide has become more of a spiritual journey for me than it ever was in the past. I now see how we are all connected to each other and the earth that provides for us. To expect the cows that I am eating to live on a diet of processed food and foods they are not intended to eat, is not going to make me healthier. Plus, it is just not the right thing to do to any living creature.
If you would like to learn more, please check out these sites:
http://www.eatwild.com/basics.html This is a great informational site on grass food facts
http://www.themeatrix.com/ Although these videos are very educational, they can be disturbing.
http://www.westonaprice.org/ A good friend of mine introduced me to this site and this is where a lot of my food practices changed.
http://www.localharvest.org/ This site is a great place to find local resources for meat, eggs, milk, and vegetables.