This is the last post in this series about Organic Farming. I covered nutrition, environment, and now the humane treatment of animals on Organic farms. You can read the other posts in the archives.
Most consumers, who purchase Organic foods, believe if they are buying organic meats, and dairy products, that the animals are treated more ethically, ie getting outdoors, having space to move around in uncluttered areas. Apparently, that is not entirely true. The standard for Organic farm animals are: the animals are raised in natural type environments, fed organic foods, and no unnecessary antibiotics. While these are all great for humans who consume these products, it doesn’t really do much to the humane treatment of the animals.
In 2017, the USDA created new rules for Organic farmers, for the humane treatment of animals on these farms. Including space limits, slaughter standards, easy access to outdoors, and others. Of course, there were some producers who pushed back on these new rules. The Trump Administration, removed the rule altogether. So now, the ASPCA has joined a lawsuit to continue the fight for the ethical treatment of all animals, but for this topic, for the original USDA rules to be re-instated, and the Organic producers to follow them.
The only true way to avoid the mass cruelty to animals is of course to be a Vegan. Being a Vegan does not work for everyone. So, you can visit this website, and join the cause to pressure lawmakers to re-instate the USDA rules created in 2017.
We personally have cut back our meat, and dairy consumption by at least 50%, if not more. Mostly, because of my CKD, but also because as we learn more about the environment, and the humane treatment of these animals, it moves us to do so. I never ever thought my husband, and daughter would agree to eat less meat. But, they too are adjusting as they increase their knowledge and awareness. I don’t think we will ever be 100% meat, or dairy free, and 100% beans instead, but it is a work in progress. If you are reading this, then you have internet access, and there are tons of videos, and readings on this topic. You too can increase your knowledge.