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6/7/08 8:46 P

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I agree, ARMATTHAEI!

Have a TERRIFIC day!
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6/7/08 7:29 P

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This is a great reason to support the family farmers vs. the corporate farms. The issue is that there is so much expense & safety/health issues to farming these days that the family farmer just can't make it on his/her own. The other issue is much as in nursing the average age of the family farmer is increasing, with fewer individuals willing to get into the business. It is hard for farmer's to convince their children to take over the family business.

I can attest to this, as I was raised on a family farm. I live in a suburb of Nashville, about 1000 miles away from the family farm, and work as a nurse. My brother is a diesel tech in a small rural town, 30 minutes from Dad's farm. My sister still lives on the farm and helps out a little but works in a town 10 miles away as a veterinarian tech.

Buying from the farmer is the best way to get your meat and vegetables.

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6/4/08 11:35 P

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interesting.

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6/4/08 5:07 P

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Very interesting ! I agree there is definately a huge cost to our environment - however it isn't the "meat" industry alone.

My new years resolution was to buy only local produce - this proved to be much more challenging. I would have spent the winter eating potatoes, onions and squash *laughs*

My point is that even fresh fruits and vegetables have a negative impact on our environment. Bananas are a great example !

I think its about balance - I try to buy local when I can.

I have a lot of respect for people who are vegan - it's a hard thing to do successfully (ie get all the nutrients).

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6/4/08 12:41 P

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I've been reading quite a bit lately about the tremendous costs ecologically of eating meat, the toll that factory farms for cattle, pigs and chickens exacts on our environment as well as the horrific conditions in many of these farms.

I am NOT vegan at this time, but this all is giving me might pause for thought!

Here is a recent article to check out if this is of interest to you:

Sick Planet: Our Obsession with Dieting Boosts the Economy But Destroys the Earth

Our obsession with dieting, including the low-carb Atkins fad, may be good for our economy but it's a nightmare for the environment and our health.

This is an excerpt from chapter 4 of the new book, Sick Planet: Corporate Food and Medicine ( www.sickplanetbook.com/index.html ):
www.alternet.org/healthwellness/8658
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