Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Unusual thoughts: livestock

Free Derange
Grocery Store | Venice Beach, CA, USA
Me: “Hello, how can I help you?”
Customer: “Yes, what does free range chicken mean?”
Me: “That means our chickens are not raised in cages. They get to walk around outside, which is important to the quality of life for the animals.”
Customer: *with a horrified expression* “How do you make sure they don’t eat bugs and stuff while they’re outside?”
Me: “We make sure the farmers put up a sign ‘don’t eat bugs’ in chicken scratch so they can read it.”
Customer: “Oh, okay. I’ll take two breasts.”
“Immigrants to the United States, rights advocates say, are treated like cattle. Little do they know how wrong they are. Cattle are treated much better.”  A marvelous article describing how cattle have much freer, better quality migration than humans, free of discrimination and with instant access to welfare (subsidies)

FAO is providing North Korea help fighting foot and mouth disease.

Among the points that comes out of the Worldwatch Institute’s report on agricultural innovations is that we can double food production in areas that are currently low producing areas using agro-ecological methods. would like to spin that into saying that we could get by with only organic methods everywhere, which is not actually supported by the findings. Organic methods out-produce traditional agriculture. It also requires more time and monetary investments.

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