Meat production in the United States has changed over the course of the past two decades. Many modern farms are actually industrial facilities, known as confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs) or intensive livestock operations (ILOs).
These factory farms are focused on creating high volume and profit, and pay little, if any, attention to human health, safe food, the environment, and the humane treatment of animals.
Practices at factory farms include:
- The mutilation of animals (such removing the tails and teeth of live pigs)
- Raw manure stored in open lagoons
- Raising and confining animals in tight interior quarters with scant access to sunlight and fresh air
Often, I discuss the many benefits of making a conscious choice to eat wholesome organic foods, ideally grown in your region, that support your health and our environment. If you ever needed reasons to justify making that decision to optimize your diet with healthier foods, the Grace Factory Farm Project is a great place to start.
The site lifts the veil on the many health-harming practices factory farmers have used daily over the past two decades that have radically reshaped their businesses into confined animal feeding operations, emphasizing high volumes and profits with little regard for your health or safety.
You should buy and eat, as much as possible, organic produce and free-range, organic foods. If you can only purchase one organic product it probably should be free-range organic eggs. Fortunately, most grocery stores now have these available. If they don't, contact the store manager and encourage them to carry them.
Your best bet: Finding inexpensive, locally grown foods with the help of these great resources.
On Vital Votes, Dr. Matthew Loop of Lilburn, Georgia writes:
Vital Votes reader Steve from Toms River, New Jersey adds: