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Farm to Fridge

Do you know where your eggs come from? Until recently we didn’t either. We knew they were "cage free" but thats it. Now we only eat pasture raised eggs from Handsome Brook Farms. (video at the end of post) Side note: I have no affiliation with handsome brook farms, this is just a post on my beliefs and opinions. Thanks to Netflix and the evolving world we live in I’ve educated myself. What we are actually buying and eating from the grocery store? No I’m not a “crunchy” mom, nor a “vegan, vegetarian, gluten free” or any label mom. I’m trying to be smart, for my family. Everything in moderation? It’s not that simple. 

After watching the documentary “What the Health” I was convinced we had been lied to all these years. Why have we been gulping down gallons of milk? Frying up bacon on Sunday mornings? Then I looked into it a bit more, did some of my own research, watched a few more documentaries “Food Inc.” “Forks over knives” and “Rotton.” I learned a lot. But what I’ve taken from all of this is that meat & dairy won’t kill us, it’s factory farming that will. A plant based diet is a whole lot better than just trucking along doing the same thing we’ve done for the past 30+ years. When you eat good, you feel good. Here’s a little something about factory farming and why we’ve stopped eating red meat, pork, milk, cheese, yogurt, sour cream, ice cream, & processed packaged foods.

“Factory farms dominate U.S. food production, employing abusive practices that maximize agribusiness profits at the expense of the environment, our communities, animal welfare, and even our health.
Far from the idyllic, spacious pastures that are shown in advertisements for meat, milk, and eggs, factory farms typically consist of large numbers of animals being raised in extreme confinement. Animals on factory farms are regarded as commodities to be exploited for profit. They undergo painful mutilations and are bred to grow unnaturally fast and large for the purpose of maximizing meat, egg, and milk production for the food industry. Their bodies cannot support this growth, which results in debilitating and painful conditions and deformities.
The factory farming industry puts incredible strain on our natural resources. The extreme amount of waste created by raising so many animals in one place pollutes our land, air, and water. Residents of rural communities surrounding factory farms report high incidents of illness, and their property values are often lowered by their proximity to industrial farms. To counteract the health challenges presented by overcrowded, stressful, unsanitary living conditions, antibiotics are used extensively on factory farms, which can create drug-resistant bacteria and put human health at risk.”

This is one reason I refuse to label myself as one thing or another. It’s about educating yourself, and figuring out what works for your family. Surely their are other alternatives to dairy products, soy, almond & coconut milk. Soy ice cream, ok so cheese really isn’t something I prefer to substitute but once I stopped eating it I didn’t miss it. Plus my skin feels amazing. Looking for a main dish, plenty of options on the seaside menu Wild Alaskan Salmon, Skipjack Tuna, farmed oysters and farmed rainbow trout. How about organic chicken it’s is less likely than the conventionally raised stuff to harbor antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Conventionally raised, factory-farmed chicken has also tested positive for low levels of arsenic, a carcinogen added to chicken feed to speed growth, as well as caffeine, antidepressants, and painkillers, all fed to chickens to keep them alert so they eat more and grow faster. Just one of the many examples of factory farming. 

In conclusion it’s what you believe is right for you and your family. No judgement. If wearing a cows milk mustache is what you like then go for it. If drinking plant milk is your thing, bottoms up. These are my findings and my opinions. Happy Sunday! 
Video from Handsome Brook Farms! 

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