Thursday, December 13, 2012

Meat for the table

I've been reading "Slaughterhouse:  The Shocking Story of Greed, Neglect, and Inhumane Treatment Inside the Meat Industry".  I can see why some people turn vegetarian.  This book is about current conditions.  The USDA is useless.  The government is useless.  Everybody turns his head while people and animals suffer atrocities in these places.  Someone asked me, "Why would you read a book like that?"  
"Because I want to know what might end up on my table," I answered.  
Meanwhile...



This is the roast we are having for dinner.


This is Clyde, the animal the roast came from.  Clyde had a wonderful life, living on his mother's rich milk and our green pasture until the morning he died.  He was never given hormones or antibiotics.  He never had to live in a crowded feedlot.  


Clyde was butchered just a mile from home, and I'm pretty sure he didn't have to suffer the atrocities that most cattle and hogs do, in the huge facilities that process the meat for this country.  

Today I am very thankful for our forty-plus acres and for Bonnie-the-Jersey-cow, who provides us with both milk and meat.  

6 comments:

Margaret said...

I tend to prefer vegetarian food, but mainly because I'm very picky about the kind of meat I like. If I read the book, I'm sure I would become a complete vegetarian!!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

You are blessed to be raising a lot of what you eat right there where you live. I couldn't imagine being a vegetarian as I think we need what meat provides in our diets so I guess I'll just stay in my unknowing bliss and enjoy my food today. I'm still eating leftover turkey noodle soup that I made on Sunday. Enjoy that nice looking roast at your house!

small farm girl said...

I agree with you! I feel lucky that I can raise my own beef. All grass fed too!

Jean said...

.Clyde looks bigger can his mama, lol. You are so lucky when I was growing up on a farm. My parent raised what meat we had to eat. Your roast look so mouth watering it's making me hungey.

Melissa Wiggins said...

The roast looks wonderfully tasty and I liked seeing the picture of Clyde with his mama. But you got me with the picture of the hanging sides of beef. Somehow the little roast just didn't translate as much into Clyde as the hanging meat did. It's a city girl thing . . . meat in cellophane wrappers is okay, meat on the hoof is okay, too - but meat at the slaughter, not so much. It's been a sheltered life. MGW

Julia Lester said...

I once posted a picture of the pheasants my husband had shot hunting - I was surprised to get comments about "those poor birds". But then I posted another picture of chickens hanging in a slaughter house and asked why that was better. As far as I'm concerned, people eat meat - a bird shot in the wild has a much better life than a chicken on a poultry farm. Just because you didn't kill it yourself doesn't make you an animal rights activist!