Today is Occupy Our Food Supply blog-action day... It's a shame that aside from a link to the CAFO book, the tag cloud doesn't mention one word about the nonhumans, the animals, the "livestock" or the meat... But here in my little piece of it all - I will!
But no, I won't be supporting any Willie Nelson/Chipolte happy meat... Not only does that clash with my ethical view of how we should treat others, but I also know that such pastoral systems are myths. And any attempt to obtain meat, milk or eggs from such idealized settings is unsustainable. Corporations will always reduce their practices to the most "efficient" and cheapest methods:
And if we're talking about fairness to humans, Food First’s Frances Moore Lappé asks people to imagine sitting down to an eight-ounce steak, and then, “imagine the room filled with 45 to 50 people with empty bowls ... For the feed cost of your steak, each of their bowls could be filled with a full cup of cooked cereal grains.”
Just as one illustration of how inside-out our food system is Bangladesh poultry farmers are protesting the rising cost of chicken feed meanwhile here in the U.S. 50,000 hens were starved because the "owner" couldn't afford to feed them. :/
What I see as a solution is obvious - Adopting a plant based diet makes more go around for everyone... Grow a much of your own food as you can... A bit of soil, water and sun goes a long way!
Anything that breaks away from the animals-as-food-notion is a step in the right direction.
Kindness and compassion towards all living beings is a mark of a civilized society. Racism, economic deprival, dog fighting and cock fighting, bullfighting and rodeos are all cut from the same defective fabric: violence. Only when we have become nonviolent towards all life will we have learned to live well ourselves. - Cesar Chavez, civil rights and labor leader, founder of the United Farm Workers
Occupy your plate... Go vegan