life in a natural, healthy environment until they went the way of all
flesh. Before we produced our own on the farm, we had practically given
up on meats unless it was organic - often hard to get hold of and more
In contrast to intensive farming, organically raised
animals are not confined to tiny cages where they can't move. They
don't have to live and grow in overcrowded, often filthy and inhumane
conditions where they are treated as production units, i.e. they have
to put on weight at top speed at lowest costs. They are treated as
living creatures instead.
full of hormones and drugs, feeds them unnatural diets, douses
vegetables with chemical pesticides and fertilizers, and introduces
genetically modified seeds into the environment. How can the food on
your family's dinner table not be harmful to your health?
the health benefits of organic farming, there is also the environmental
result of significantly less fuel consumption, less erosion, less air
and water pollution and greater soil fertility.
I can't eat chicken
dishes anymore when eating out unless the menu states specifically
grass-fed or free range. If you can't get organic produce all the time,
there is now the "all natural, no-antibiotic, no growth-hormones"
raised chicken, pork and beef in some supermarkets here. I have my
doubts about this concept, however. Out of my own experience in
Ireland, I know that the organic farming status and organic label are
hard to achieve and guarantee what they promise.
I don't want to put you off your dinner, but it may just have that effect.