Factory farms raise animals in incredibly crowded and confined quarters, so some (literally) never see the light of day. What’s more, these animals are often fed unnatural diets (for instance, cows were meant to eat grass, not corn that, by the way, is likely GMO) and given unnecessary synthetic hormones and antibiotics to ensure they produce the most abundant meat products as quickly and efficiently as possible. According to Michael Pollan, “You are what you eat eats, too,” so animals raised in such an unhealthy environment in turn produce products that are not as nutritious for you as the local, pastured (or wild caught, in regards to fish) alternatives. Not to mention the negative impact these factory farms have on our environment and the inhumane manner in which these animals are being raised and slaughtered.
Instead, shop your local farmers market for humanely raised, pastured animal products. If you are concerned about the higher cost, then just eat less meat. It’s that simple. And when selecting seafood always pick the “wild caught” variety so you know they were raised in their natural environments and eating their natural diets.
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