About That Thanksgiving Turkey...

This Business Week story about what's happening to your Thanksgiving turkey right now is a depressing-as-hell must read. The industrial meat complex is complicated, but one thing is for sure: factory farming is fucking terrible for everyone, Butterball is hella shady, and free-range has its own problems. But perhaps most importantly: Thanksgiving is about the SIDES, Y'ALL.


So watch your back around me on Thursday because I'm gonna destroy all of this. And these roasted Brussels sprouts. And then maybe when I'm in a mashed potato-induced coma, I'll devour an unturkey if I feel like it. But, let's be real, MASHED POTATOES. (Oh, and dessert.) (Which brings me to my next point: PIE.) (Which brings me to my final point: who will make me all of that food?)


But first I'm gonna watch those happy rescued turkeys and coo at them like a total loon. They're lucky I'm not near them right now because I'm feeling needy tonight and I want to hug a dinosaur.

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That article was so sensational. I used to be completely against "factory farms" so I started farming. Guess what? I learned why factory farms operate like they do! Most "factory farms" are rented space by corporations on family farms. Most practices sound cruel out of context, but actually usually have a humane reason behind it. Most farmers do care about their animals and do what they think is best and what they are allowed to do. Sometimes it may be wrong, but the majority of farmers do care about their animals. After all, happy animals are healthy animals. Healthy animals = more profit, right?

I'm most familiar with pork right now, so I'll give a few examples. Naturally pigs forage. If they can the will root (oh will they). even stocked lightly they are hard on the land. Pigs, as do all animals, have many parasites. Some of these parasites will live in the soil decades after pigs have left. They are hard to erradicate. For years the way to deal with it has been pasture rotation and breeding healthy stock, but worms and other parasites were still a problem. then folks started using dewormers. That helped, but then you have all the chemicals and the worms that develop resistance. Still not great. So then put those pigs in a building with slotted floors so their waste is immediately removed and parasites become nearly erradicated! You don't *need* to use tons of dewormer medication now. Of course, its boring in a building which leads to anti-social behavior like tail biting, so tails are docked. (Simple solution is to give pigs toys and straw to chew on, but then you have to purchase and pay to discard the spent straw). There are several other examples I can give as to the why in factory farms.

Still, small farm products are superior for lots of reasons in my opinion. My homegrown pork is amazing, and I know the pigs lived amazing happy lives full of everything a pig could want: food including vegetables, fruits and fresh milk, they got to root, play in the sun and in the woods, they had "friends" of all species, got lots of belly rubs, and in the last month (since I never castrated the boys) had lots of sex. Yes, the bacon was amazing and I can't eat factory pork now. I can't wait until i have an excuse to try the ham. Sadly, since pigs are so hard on the land I think I can only raise a few a year without killing my soil. Thus, the cost of my pork is a little higher. This is me and one of by boys before slaughter

The old hen my neighbors killed and gave to me made over a gallon of rich stock...nothing like the stock i make from store bought birds. I'm hoping to raise a few meat hens next year and a few turkeys.

Anyway, if you arn't wanting to support factory farms check out craigslist in the "farm and garden" section and search for farm products. You can buy straight from us farmers.