Reason #2 to Eat Organic: Animal Welfare
So your health is not the only reason to choose organics; it’s for the health of the animals you’re consuming! Now this could easily be related to wild animals in terms of biodiversity and such, but for the purposes of this blog, we’ll stick to farmed animals.
So let’s jump into and point we discussed in the first blog: hormones. If they are bad for your children, then obviously they are bad for the animals. They are injected into the animals at the earliest possible times—before they are even born! Hormones are fed to the mother and sub sequentially, her offspring. And of course the pattern continues at birth, the hormones being fed directly to the calf, chick, etc. So how do they affect the animals? Well, they are growth hormones, so they grow faster! Chickens grow approximately 400 times faster than natural. FOUR-HUNDRED! For one, it is simply not natural. Then comes in the fact that the chickens routinely suffer from broken legs, become immobile, and also choke, literally suffocate to death under their own weight.
Another effect of hormone injection is marbleizing. As discussed in the first blog, factory farmed meat has tons more fat than organic meat. It’s called intramuscular fat, which is what gives the extra weight that weighs the animals down. Industries do this in order to have more products to sell, higher quantities. So really, you’re getting ripped off! They sell you a bunch of fat, marbleized meat that is horrible for your body. I eat only organic meat and I can tell you firsthand that there is an ounce or less of grease per pound of beef. The trend continues: what is better for you is better for the animals too.
Improper feeding is another issue with inorganic meat and dairy. Cows on factory farms are fed grains, corn—another factor in “beefing them up.” They do not naturally eat corn and that’s for a reason. They cannot digest it. In fact, they don’t even see it as food and will not take it into their mouths. How do industries deal with this? No other way than, of course, cutting a hole in the cattle’s side. Yup, you read it right, and then they keep it open with a short wide tube insert big enough for a hand to fit through. This is how they are fed, through this hole by a human hand sticking into it to drop grain in, forcing strain upon their digestive tract to digest the foreign material. Not to mention the lack of nutrition in corn.
Animals are also fed other animals, even of their own kind. Yes, this would be fine for some animals, the one’s that eat meat normally and some animals do naturally cannibalize. But domesticated animals used for farming are not. Cattle are herbivorous, meaning they maintain a plant only diet and especially cannot digest meat. However, factory farming saves money by feeding the remnants of other animals that died of poor condition or parts of slaughtered animals that will not sell to the still living animals. Remember mad cow disease? That happened as a result of feeding cow brains to cattle. They actually went insane from eating each other! Now chickens are omnivorous. But that simply means that they eat both plants and animals. But bugs are actually part of the animal kingdom and that is actually the kind of meat that chickens eat. They are not meant to eat cattle or pigs or other chickens. Could you actually imagine a chicken killing a cow in the wild? I think not.