What’s it like inside a factory farm? If the livestock and meat industries have their way, what little view we have inside the walls of these animal-reviewing facilities may soon be obscured. For the second year in a row, the industry is backing bills in various statehouses that would criminalize undercover investigations of livestock farms.
Because, you know, there’s nothing shady about criminalizing undercover investigations. It doesn’t seem like factory farmers have anything to hide at all! [/sarcasm]
*If you click through to the Mother Jones story and watch the video included in their post, be forewarned that it’s pretty disturbing. I won’t be eating eggs or any chicken products for a minute.
Yes, our stories on the ag industry do tend to have that effect. (See also: This.)
But in the event that we haven’t totally discouraged you from eating meat, we do have a pretty killer wine-braised short ribs recipe. It’s the least we can do.
Is organic food little more than a trumped-up marketing scheme, another way for affluent consumers to waste money? A just-released paper by Stanford researchers—and the reaction to it by the media—suggests as much. Here are a few reasons that shallow analysis doesn’t hold up.
1) This recipe is horrible! Maybe I should have left them in longer than two minutes (the recipe doesn’t say how long to leave them in the freezer so I just kind of guessed) but mine came out all watery. I won’t be making these again.
2) I harvest my own free-range water, so the idea of putting it in a plastic tray and a commercially made electricity-wasting freezer disgusts me. I prefer nature’s method, waiting until the temperature outside drops below freezing.