Vegan vegetarians are correct in avoiding the products found in the grocery store, and absolutely correct in choosing not to kill a living creature when there are plenty of other choices to put on our dinner table.
In all the centuries before us, humans killed animals to stay alive. But now we, “the consumer”, have all our dietary needs supplied for us at the grocery store. Even though we have plenty of other choices, we provide the meat and dairy industry with an insatiable “consumer” appetite that justifies their practices. The disrespectful and inhumane methods used by the meat and dairy industry to get food to the masses is gut wrenching and stomach turning. The feed used to “fatten” the animals are as unhealthy for their bodies as it is for ours. The likelihood of disease is constantly present due to unsanitary living condition, creating the need for the antibiotics that cause illness and disease in we who consume their milk, eggs or flesh.
If you haven’t watched Food, Inc, you may not yet be sufficiently grossed out by animal products. When you see beef, pork and chicken in the meat department of your grocer who have been fattened up for the kill, it’s the same as finding the biggest, fattest man on the street, with pimples and sweaty palms that can barely walk. The greed of the manufactures led them to ask themselves how they could make animals produce even more meat for the “consumer.” This led to the “brainstorm” that came up with hormone shots that cause weight gain at a faster rate. Chickens, that we consume by the millions, are forced to be so fat that they can’t walk and often die of heart failure before they get to the slaughter. The specimen doesn’t have to want to eat, you can just force them. When we picture it as a human being it is disgusting, but if it’s a creature that can’t talk or complain or bring a lawsuit then it seems to be a practice that is very well received by the “consumer.” Egg-laying chickens are kept in cages that don’t allow them to move, existing only to lay eggs for the “consumer.” That’s us!
Now that we have walked through the most horrific scene of torture that we could possibly imagine, can we truly order that double cheese burger or that order of chicken wings, pile lunch meats on our sandwiches or eat steak and pork chops without admitting that we, “the consumer”, are the reason for it all? We buy the product. That’s all there is to it. Without that constant drive to produce more and more meat and dairy for every man, woman and child in every home in America and other “civilized” nations, the meat and dairy industry would have no reason to continue these practices. Most “sins” in the average household pale in comparison to these inhumane practices that they support and condone in order to keep meat and dairy on their table.
The “conscious” person understands that the negative energy circulating in and around these tortured animals will cause illness and disease in those who consume the products they become. How much negative energy is in our food if the source of all meat and dairy is coming from animals that are being treated in this frightening manner? It boggles my mind to think of how much negative energy is being sent into the environment of the entire planet from the hearts and minds of these tortured fellow beings. Do we really think we can escape such negative energy without it returning back upon us in the form of diet-related illness and disease?
We each can do something to change this picture. We can stop buying any and all meat and dairy from the grocery stores. We can stop ordering the endless array of tempting dishes that tantalize the senses and get our salivary glands juicing at our favorite restaurants. I can no longer be part of such a system. I refuse and I hope you will too.
The only answer I have found is to produce my own animal products as mankind has always done for generations of time. I want to keep my own chickens in my own back yard, and give them names so that no one will be tempted to eat our egg-laying pets! I want to have a friendly family milk cow named “Betsy” that gives and gives, with very little needs of her own. All she needs is a patch of grass and she is good to go! No wonder millions of people worship the cow!
Back when the industrial age caused families to leave the farms and migrate to the cities, the attitude changed towards the work done on a farm. We have been falsely taught in the last 75 years that animals are smelly, dirty, and “low class” and that people of higher classes would not involve themselves with such activities as raising farm animals. Icky Pooh! They carry disease! But the truth is, everything about farm animals is positive, healthy and happy—being near them, feeling their warmth, allowing them to be part of our every-day lives, fertilizing our ground as they go along, mowing our lawn or pecking up all the bugs that would damage the fruit in the garden. Products from these natural resources in our own backyard actually build health and well-being rather than diminish it. Animal products are not the problem. The problem is we, the “consumer”, allowing manufacturers to provide these products for us on a mass scale, because they don’t do it with the love and energy that we would want transferred to our foods. They don’t love their animals or handle them with care. Their value is measured by the price they will bring in the marketplace, not by the contribution they make to nature and creation.
Coming to this conclusion, I determined that I would stop buying animal products from the grocery store. I have learned to live without meat, by replacing it with my Mega-Meat recipes or getting my protein from plant sources. I love ice cream. I love cheese. I love eggs once a week and for baking I need eggs for the unique properties they provide. I decided to learn how to raise them myself, process them myself or find someone who can make them with their own high-energy labors.
These are my conclusions and my efforts to live in a world with a food industry that has been corrupted. Some people think I am crazy to want to raise chickens or milk cows in an suburban environment, but I don’t have time to elaborate on my reasons. I just smile and feel proud of my pro-active problem-solving ideas. My life feels lifeless without animals that exchange food products with me.