Since I’ve become a farmer, so many things about the food industry have come to light. It has drastically changed the way our family eats. It’s changed us so much that I have become passionate about spreading word about why we raise animals the way we do here at Maple View Farm, and I want to evangelize the world with the message about responsible meat eating. I’m sure there are millions of family farmers out there, raising small amounts of animals, who feel the same way. Lucky for us, Catherine Friend can be our voice. I don’t know why I only discovered this book now. I’ve read everything by Joel Salatin and Michael Pollan (and loved it all), but Friend speaks for me, as a farmer, in a way I haven’t yet heard. As I read her book The Compassionate Carnivore, it’s like she took words right out of my mouth (and added oodles and oodles of facts and research to back them up).
My favorite part so far is her discussion about how much meat is wasted. It was actually a hard chapter to read for someone who takes care of animals every single day of the year. To think that anything would be wasted makes me want to cry. Here amazing statistics will hopefully open eyes and make people more aware of the affect they have on our food system and all of these beautiful animals that are a part of it. The great news, as always – you have complete control to choose what you buy and therefore choose the kind of life you want the animals you eat to live. For your health and for theirs.
I’ve written about raising animals on a pasture-based system before, but Friends book makes the case black and white. Although, it should come with a warning (or a challenge maybe?): Seek out a farmer near you growing animals with sunshine, fresh air, and grass, and look those animals in the eyes and smile. Then head over to their Farm Store and buy some meat for dinner. Those animals will thank you for it.
A blog about farming and food. Kate Bogli owns and operates Maple View Farm, raising livestock and growing veggies, with her husband Jason. The farm has been in his family for 65 years.