Animal agriculture is big business so it’s nice to know the animal products we are consuming are coming from creatures who have had some sort of a decent life.
Unfortunately, with the high rate of people who consume food made from animals, producers are forced to try and keep up with the demand. To obtain the highest possible yield, producers use growth hormones and antibiotics, and many animals are forced to live in crowded and inhumane conditions for the duration of their lives.
Animal agriculture also demands huge amounts of fresh water and is the biggest polluter of our water systems. It’s destroying the earth’s rainforests, is causing desertification, is increasing global warming, and it’s consuming the earth’s resources.
Not only is animal agriculture harmful to the planet we live on, but also the food it produces has been linked to numerous diseases and other health issues in humans. Research now shows that food products obtained from animals are not essential for good health and when eaten in excess can actually be detrimental to our health.
A plant-based diet is far healthier for us.
You Can Have Your Meat and Eat It Too
Although a diet that contains more vegetables, fruit, grains, nuts and seeds and has less dairy products, eggs, and meat is better for our overall health, you can still enjoy products produced from animals in moderation. If you are a big fan of meats and other animal products, the key is to cut back on these types of foods and eat more of the plant-based foods. This will have a significant impact on your overall health.
If you’re concerned about your health, the health of your family, and the health of the planet, and the well-being of animals raised for food, start looking for foods that carry the Certified Humane label.
The goal of the Humane Farm Animal Care organization, who created the Certified Humane label program is to improve the lives of farm animals by driving consumer demand for kinder and more responsible farm animal practices.
Here is their mission statement:
“Humane Farm Animal Care (HFAC) is the leading non-profit certification organization dedicated to improving the lives of farm animals in food production from birth through slaughter.
The goal of the program is to improve the lives of farm animals by driving consumer demand for kinder and more responsible farm animal practices.
When you see the Certified Humane Raised and Handled® label on a product you can be assured that the food products have come from facilities that meet precise, objective standards for farm animal treatment.”
Consumer demand for food products from animals that have been raised humanely is growing, and there are many producers joining the movement, which is a good thing.
Visit the HFAC website at http://certifiedhumane.org/ to find products and retailers that support the Certified Humane program. You’ll also learn more about animal agriculture and how to support better living conditions for animals destined for the dinner table.
One company whose products you may have already seen in the stores is from a company called Blue Goose. According to their website, “Blue Goose started in 1992 with one man’s desire to feed his family clean and nutritious protein, and the belief that if you look after your land and animals, they will look after you.”
Visit the Blue Goose website at http://bluegoosepurefoods.com/ to learn more about their standards, the products they produce, and where you can purchase them. Our local Sobeys store carries some of the Blue Goose chicken products and although we don’t eat a great amount of meat, their chicken is delicious.
I have always been concerned with the welfare of animals. It has always been important to me to look for products that haven’t harmed them. Whether it’s cleaning products, skin care products, cosmetics, or food, I try to purchase only those products that haven’t caused suffering to animals. In a perfect world, we would all be vegetarians and have no need for food made from animals, products made with animal ingredients, or the need for animal testing. We have a long way to go for that perfect world, but we can certainly be aware of what we’re purchasing and make a better choice.
Spiritual leader and humanitarian Mahatma Gandhi once said,
“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress
can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
By purchasing only humane products you are literally ‘voting at the checkout’ and telling both the producers and retailers what you as a consumer want to buy, eat, and feed to your family. The best way you can help improve the quality of life for farm animals is with your wallet.
Help create a more humane world for farm animals by purchasing products that carry the Certified Humane label. It’s good for the animals, for you, and for the planet. Has your food been well treated?
“Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.” ~ Albert Einstein