Earlier this week the Earth’s population reached 7 billion, prompting renewed concerns about sustainability, including the issue of food production. Several weeks ago we mentioned the locavore movement, and this week the topic has been raised in many news reports, opinion pieces, and…
This documentary completely changed my life.
I think everyone should see this. you can watch it here.
i still need to watch this
Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer
I think everyone should read this book. It is incredibly well-written and really made me think about why i choose to eat or abstain from eating animals. I have have consistently been against factory farming but I have wavered back and forth between being vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, and an ethical omnivore in regards to my eating identity. Each chapter of this book made me requestion and reidentify with a new eating habit. It was both confusing and refreshing to be questioning my habits in such a way. The most impactful chapters for me were the ones written by a vegan animal activist, the omnivore sustainable rancher, and the vegetarian wife of the sustainable rancher.
Everyone who isn’t ready to commit to reading the whole book should listen to Jonathan Safran Foer speak for the Commonwealth Club of California. The podcast is available for free on iTunes.
now i have to go check out the podcast. thanks for the tip. :)
TREEHUGGER | There may be deep philosophical differences between vegans, vegetarians and omnivores, but we all can agree that factory farming is horrendous for humans, animals, and environment — and must be stopped. ✱
My closing thoughts from the first National Conference to End Factory Farming, which took place last week in Arlington, Virginia.
End factory farming.
Broiler chickens may develop several health issues as a result of selective breeding. Broiler chickens are bred to be very large to produce the most meat per animal. The large chickens cannot stand because their bodies grow too quickly for their legs. Therefore, they may become lame or suffer from broken legs.
Broiler chickens are also prone to heart attacks for the same reason, as the heart cannot support blood flow to the large body of the chicken. Another issue with selective breeding is the larger chickens have a more aggressive appetite. The broilers are feed restricted and this leads to behavioral issues in chronically hungry birds.
Broiler chickens may often get joint disorders because their legs cannot bear the heavy bodies. A Swedish study by SLU Skara (Swedish farming university) revealed that only 1/3 of studied broiler chickens that were about to be slaughtered were healthy.