From: Mike Z ( -220.127.116.11)
Subject: Talking to Christians eating grass fed livestock
Date: September 25, 2010 at 11:08 am PST
I feel like it's easy to make the argument to a Christian eating factory farmed or organic but grain fed animals, that it's wasteful of resources, contributes to raising grain prices for the global poor, etc. In addition, the cruelty of factory farming and "standard abuse" practices, most people are against and that can help get through to them.
The ones I find harder to talk to are those eating meat, eggs and dairy from small farms specifically Amish PA Farms where they claim to be all grass fed and free range and they say you can visit any time, etc.
They say they are not grain fed, but could that be true? Is it possible that they are slaughtered onsite in some conditions that are far superior to typical slaughterhouses? I thought only some small scale chicken farmers like polyface farms could do that, not cattle or pigs?
Is there another approach I should take such as the land required for scaling grass fed animals to meet more of the meat demand isn't possible or is it not worth talking to these folks at all since they probably represent under 1% of the meat consumers and are doing less harm than your typical factory farmed meat consumer?
these folks are also typically "followers" of Mercola and Weston A Price and big proponents of raw milk (aka a TOTALLY different food from pasteurized)
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