The Great Meat Debate

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© jeancliclac / PhotoXpress

Recently, Annie Tichenor of Biocadence shared her essay in response to the New York Times contest challenging readers to “Tell us why it’s ethical to eat meat.”

While Tichenor says she was raised to believe eating meat was “devastatingly unethical,” she recently converted to omnivorism in January 2012 after “much research and deliberation.” With her choice fresh on her mind, she submitted her essay, “I Remember.” Here is an excerpt.

Ethical eating … requires feeding our food-source more than we are taking from it. Animals are a mandatory component of this equation. Life in the soil is re-established and maintained through its interaction with animals. Rotation of pasture, harvest, and cover crop allows us to use relatively few acres, nourish the soil, and yield an abundant edible output. Fogline Farm, in Santa Cruz, CA shares, “We graze our animals through our orchards and vineyards, constantly moving them to fresh pasture.” Followed by cover or harvest crop, the benefit of a happy-animal parade is captured. Each ingredient of the cycle is respected in an ethical farming strategy. Animals are incorporated in order to feed the soil while feeding the community.

On her blog, Tichenor also writes, “Our food choices have considerable influence on our future. With immediate ties to health, happiness, and vibrance and effect on our soil, environment, and global relationships, food must be principal curriculum for citizens of all ages and nations.”

Because food is such a vital part of our lives, it’s up to each of us to do our due diligence in researching facts from reliable sources before making choices about how we eat. Part of that research means digging deeper than just what we see in the media. That’s why the CommonGround program is so useful.

Today, most folks are several generations removed from farming, so it’s totally normal to have questions about how food is raised — especially when the media often shows a side of food production that is not representative of the majority of farms. We invite you to send questions our way about how we raise animals on our farms and why we’re confident in our choice to feed meat to our families.

We also encourage you to check out the resources on regarding animal welfare, antibiotics, hormones, food safety and other important issues in food and farming.

The ultimate decision of “To Meat or Not to Meat” is up to you.

Thanks to Tichenor for listing our blog post “To Meat or Not to Meat” in her list of related articles.

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