The mis-adventures of a gardener in the heart of Cleveland
While not quite as bad as I expected (thank goodness it is not another horrible food related disease) it is still yuck!
I know, it isn't as bad as one might think, but ick... Who wants machine parts in the their beef? Not me. I will stick with my small time producers where I know they check the machines regularly.
So......what do you think the FDA or USDA would do to a small-time family farmer if some of THEIR beef was "tainted"?Black helicopters at night, masked jackboot thugs wielding guns.Sad. So sad.
Yeah... You know, I will never understand the control issue going on in this country regarding food. I mean, of course there are more issues than one, but why does the government, who is supposed to have our best interest at heart, seem hellbent on us eating nasty food while we are perfectly capable of producing it ourselves, or getting it from people who can produce it for us? Oh yeah, that little word called PROFIT. I just don't get it. They hold the wrong people responsible for the fuckups that go one in the food industry, such as hog farmers in Michigan who have (or had) heritage breeds or the people who want to grow gardens in their front yards. I think Joel Salatin said it best when he said "amazingly, we've become a culture that considers twinkies, cocoa-puffs, and mountain dew safe, yet raw milk and compost grown tomatoes unsafe."I just get so mad....
Another reason why I don't eat much beef anyway. We eat about 1/2 vegetarian for $$$ and health issues...
We never ate much red meat either, but then for Xmas, our gift from my Sister and her Husband was half a cow that they raised. I can't turn that down! It is delicious!
I read another related article- These kinds of "privacy" practices/laws enacted to keep videos out of farms really do reinforce the "what do they have to hide?" idea. I'm eating much less meat overall the last few years, because I want some food security- what exactly am I eating? I can see if this continues more people will move away from eating any kind of meat- permanantlly. Then who will the corp. meat business blame???
People shouldn't have to be "protected" from the food that they eat. It just seems unnatural to have to feel this way, but it has become a norm for us today... Especially us gardeners/homesteaders/self-reliant awesome people :)
We're with you on this one. It's expensive and labor intensive to buy and raise local meat, but it's worth the peace of mind. No doubt!