Martha Says “No” To Factory Farming Cruelty

Martha Says “No” To Factory Farming Cruelty

“Most people don’t realize how amazing farm animals are,” she says. “They are intelligent, social, emotional beings, like all animals. Chickens have thirty different calls in their language that we can recognize. Cows kick their legs in the air with joy when they’re happy. Pigs form powerful life-long bonds with each other and humans. Sheep bellow in distress when they’re separated from their young and their brood mates.”

If you share a family heritage as I do with farming, animals, and agriculture then this issue may be a bit more relatable.  During the 1800s over 50% of Americans were farmers.  This changed with industrialization and by the 1950s farmers accounted for 12% of the labor force.  Today it is far less.  Both sides of my family owned and ran farms and timber companies from Washington State, Kansas, to the East Coast.  The opportunity to visit the family farm, stack hay, fish in the pond, harvest vegetables, and ride horses is one that reminds us eggs don't come from a box, vegetables and fruit do not naturally have a waxy texture, and bacon does not grow on trees.

These experiences ground us in reality when we complain about the price of food.  It reminds us that food is a vital nutrient and quality matters.  It reminds us of Genesis 2:15--"Jehovah God taketh the man, and causeth him to rest in the garden of Eden, to serve it, and to keep it."  No, we do not need to hug trees.  No we do not need to go into debt buying strictly organic and sustainable.  Short of operating your own farm it is best to think before and while shopping.  Checking labels, asking the butcher questions, growing your own vegetables, and seeking local farms are a few steps to find better quality food.  Liberating ourselves from bad habits, thoughtless shopping, and disconnected eating is a good way to live.

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