I have a dilemma. Part of my Institute for Integrative Nutrition lectures this week is a video exposing the reality of factory farming. Slaughterhouses. Inhumanely treated animals.
I can’t watch it. I’ve always been an animal lover who rails against animal cruelty and mistreatment, but I only became a vegetarian about three years ago. Since then, I’ve learned about factory farms and it disgusts me. I don’t need to see it. In fact, I’m afraid that if I do, I’ll never get the images or noises out of my head. I may just puke.
Do you eat meat? If you do, do you know where it comes from and how those animals are treated? Good for you, if so. I don’t mean this as an anti-meat-eating rant at all, so please know I don’t judge anyone for what they choose to eat. But because of the passion that I am pursuing, I just want everyone to be knowledgeable about what they’re putting into their bodies, be it GMO crackers, chips and cookies made with high fructose corn syrup and loaded with trans fats … or doped up, inhumanely treated, slaughtered cows.
IIN provided us a list of places to find humanely raised and sustainable products, so I’ll share a few with you:
Eat Well Guide – zip code search for sustainable animal products
American Pastured Poultry Producers – farms, by state, that sell pasture-raised poultry
Sustainable Table – find local products free of artificial bovine growth hormone (rBGH)
Local Harvest – find farmer’s markets, CSAs, health food stores and more in your area