I grew up in a farm environment (the only food we actually bought was salad veggies in the winter and fruit), and continue to live smack dab in the middle of an agriculturally driven economy... so I am fully aware of the challenges in making a sustainable living as a food producer. I vote with my wallet to every degree and in every instance possible.
I guess I'm just horrified that this sort of practice is even seen as acceptible on any level (aren't there ANY sort of standards for feedlots?!?), for any animals and for the people fed on the results, and that people don't seem alll that surprised this is happening.
I honestly (and apparently naively) believe better of people. I have family who have altered their choice of production rather than stoop to these sorts of levels... in fact, I doubt something like this would have even occured to them. That this would even become an option baffles me.
You can bet I'll be looking even MORE CLOSELY at the sources of the food I buy!
And why does this 'farmer' (nobody I know would call him that) get a news spot as an inovator instead of a visit from sort of animal welfare agency or health/food production ombudsman? UGH! ...as to the chicken litter (OMG!!!), any animal will eat almost anything if hungry enough.
...but that's kind of my point, I think... what of the people who are are too behind the 8-ball of life to worry about the quality of their food... how can this just go on unaddressed? If this can be a news feature applauding ingenuity, to whom do we complain?
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