Thursday, March 29, 2012

Big Pork And Their Big Fat Lies

I saw this video today on the Organic Consumers Associations website, and as they pointed out─it’s ridiculous.

I guess with all of the negative press that factory farms and CAFOs (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations) have received lately, they have to resort to disingenuous PR schemes in an attempt to save face.

Let’s examine a few of the flawed statements in this video, but before we do, let me say that I do not consume or recommend pork from conventional or organic operations.  I don’t believe that pork is something that God intended for His people to consume, and I don’t believe that it’s healthy.
So, why bother to examine the video? Simple. These farming practices have become rampant in the beef, dairy and poultry industries as well.

Here’s what the video would lead you to believe…

1) Keeping animals confined to a “modern barn” is “the right thing to do.”

Wouldn’t the right (humane) thing to do be to allow animals to live outdoors in their natural habitat and consume their natural diet?

2) They do it to “protect the animals.”

In reality, they do it to increase profits!

3) They are being “good neighbors” by “protecting the environment and preserving the land for future generations”

The fact is that allowing animals to roam freely in their natural habitat and consume their natural diet is what actually improves the environment.  I’ve seen this first hand, as we’ve raised cattle on our Beyond Organic ranches and allowed them to roam freely as God intended.  After all, it’s part of the Circle of Life (I couldn’t resist the animated video theme, plus this is one of my favorite Disney movies).