Is Your Food Humane?

This summer I took an anthropology course and we watched the movie Food Inc. which describes the condition of America’s food industry and how it has become so mass-produced and mechanized. It was very eye-opening to see such a behind the scenes view of this monopolistic industry. Everything from our corn to our meat seems to come from one or two huge corporations which stomp on local farms who don’t stand a chance in competing. It’s sad, but we do have a whole world to feed. But there has to be a better way right?

The most disturbing images from this film were the shots of the chicken coops. One farmer working for an undisclosed industrial food giant opened the doors to her farm and showed her chickens being raised in total darkness with absolutely no room to walk and being feed obscene amounts of hormones. The cattle and pig farms were even worse and the slaughterhouse images were like a real like nightmare.

This is a reality in America today and we may be heading down an irreversible path of mechanized farming and animal abuse in order to feed the billions of people on our planet. After watching this film I immediately wanted to seek out companies in which these inhumane tactics are not used. Stonyfield farms is a large company that produces organic yogurt and dairy products and they are a uniquely humane and well-maintained corporation that places a focus on the humane treatment of their dairy cows. I find this extremely reassuring and comforting that there are still thriving farms out there who refuse to fall into the trap of overly mass-produced food and inhumane treatment of animals. I encourage you all to purchase Stonyfield products and seek out other companies who posses the same values that they do. One yogurt purchase is a small step, but it could make a huge difference in the long run for the well-being of our animals. Moooo 🙂

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Puppy Lovee

Blogging is something im completely new at; in fact, this is the first blog post I have ever done. When considering what topics I feel strongly enough about to blog about I considered environment initially because I am always beyond words annoyed when I see someone throw their trash on the ground or throw excessive amounts of paper away. But am I passionate about that subject? Not necessarily. Something however that I am passionate about is my dog Teddy. Any of my friends can vouch for this; I am absolutely obsessed with my adorably white and fluffy 75 pound  Golden Doodle (yes, he is a combination of a Golden Retriever and a Poodle!). Teddy, along with any other dog for that matter, just has that ability to melt my heart and make me talk in extremely high decibels and bring me constant joy. This is why the issue of dog abuse, in the form of puppy mills or abusive owners or dog pounds that kill to make room, or even more broadly, any form of animal mistreatment is something that I feel very strongly about. I hope to do further research into the issues of animal abuse locally and nationally and bring awareness to myself and others about what can be done to advocate for improved animal rights.

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