Hey all. Due to curiousity, I recently watched a documentry entitled Food Inc. I do not consider myself a particularly “green” person and I enjoy consuming meat regularly.
But after watching the film and seeing the conditions animals are kept in as well as conditions the employees have to work in, I find myself a bit confused, disturbed, and dreading my next grocery shopping trip.
I worked for a large animal vet for 3 years and witnessed my share of disgusting farms where cows probably didn’t know what a blade of grass looked like (and were instead on a corn diet) and were ankle-deep in feces 24/7. Chickens are genetically manufactured to have humongous breasts and they can’t even walk correctly because of it. While I sympathize with the animals, I am also incredibly disturbed by the conditions of slaughter-houses and what exactly lingers in the food I feed my family.
I completely agree with the teaching that we have dominion over the beasts. But that means we also have the responsibility to their well-being. As Christians, aren’t we called to understand what we are buying, where it came from and how it was processed? I would also hate to think my money is going towards any of these mass-producers. The sad part is, organic food is so expensive. At this point in our lives, my husband and I cannot afford to buy all organic meat and veggies. I try here and there to buy it when I can, and only when it’s on sale. But for now, until we can afford to buy organic meat exclusively, I don’t want to even bother with anything else.
Blah I feel like I’m not forming my thoughts very well. Any input, my friends?