But I don't need anti-biotics, pesticides, hormones, and mad-cow disease. I won't contribute to the further degradation of the environment though the use of pesticides and the other by-products of big business industrial farming operations. And I can not reconcile my need to eat with the cruelty inflicted on animals from birth through death, including the placing of animals in cages no bigger than their bodies with no ability to move around, kept in unhealthy and cruel conditions and kept alive and productive through the use of dangerous drugs and chemicals.
This is why I am trying to eat less and less animal products, and those which I do, whenever possible, are produced through humane farming methods and organic, when possible. For example, my eggs are not only labeled Organic (you have to look for more than the Organic label) from free range chickens. My milk is from the same company, and all of which, of course, is produced without anti-biotics, hormones, etc.
It is in your interests, the interests of our children, our environment. It is also said that the measure of our morality is not how we treat ourselves, not how we treat each other, but how we treat the powerless, which includes our children and our animals.
Lastly, it is nice a good fringe benefit that many of the smaller, family farms which struggle to compete against the huge and destructive industrial agri-business farms are the ones who have found a niche in the production of Organic and/or humane farming products.
For more information, I recommend the following web sites. Click to follow the link.
The Humane Farming Association
Organic and Environmentally Friendly Foods
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