My last opinion piece up here was about the ethical meat/eggs/dairy movement. I’m not so sure I said everything I wanted to, so I’m going to continue on that topic for another blog (or two, or three). Today, I want to cover some thoughts I’ve had recently on the cage-free, free-range, certified-humane products, or as I call them, band-aids.
There may be a place for ethical meat (and other animal products- I‘ll refer to it all as meat in this post). I’m actually really glad to see the industry grow. It shows that ranchers, consumers, and entrepreneurs are seeing the horrors of modern agriculture and saying, “there has to be a better way.” It’s a good sign, right? But should we feel good about it?
I believe the progression of information dispersal, scientific breakthroughs, and moral awakening will someday bring us to the point where we will have no justification, as a society, for using animals for food. Yeah, it may be a long way off. But it is one of those inevitable things. There will come a day when we will just stop kidding ourselves, and there will be no defense for breeding animals for unnatural purposes. We will be embarrassed for ever having done it in the first place. Leading up to that time, we will look down upon those who continue to cling to acts of violence against animals. Unfortunately, I think it will be a slow progression. This ethical meat movement is a step in that progression. Having a background in the natural food business, I can throw a guess out there that it is a growing industry. But it is still miniscule, and probably being held up by a few businesses that are trying to lead the way. But are these ranchers, business folk, and yuppie burger-lovers really helping? Or are they making things worse in a way?
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