I have been struggling with a dilemma for a while now. Given the choice I would only buy free range, organic meat. I have trained, over the last 20 years. in how to care for animals and give them the best life possible. Even if these animals are to be used for human consumption, I feel they should have as decent a life as is possible. Why shouldn't they?
My problem is that I have a growing family to feed. A family that enjoys having meat at most meals. In order to provide these meals for my family, I buy meat that is farmed in a way this lady is describing. I do turn a blind eye to it, almost. With every meal I make lately I wonder about where the meat came from, how it was raised and that's where I stop. I daren't think any more about it.
I put a short video on here a while ago about the production of chickens and eggs for consumption. The whole film was awful and I found it hard to watch. My husband has a relative who ran one of these places so knew the process. He doesn't have a problem with how animals are raised and doesn't think twice about buying cheaper meat. It has caused a little friction between us in the past. We had a "discussion" about free range eggs. His argument was that they were so much more expensive for exactly the same thing and we could afford twice as many if we didn't buy free range. I do understand his points and he is right. If I didn't have a conscience and didn't care about the animals or their welfare we would afford a lot more food.
At the moment we buy most of our meats from the local Sunday market. It isn't packaged and it is much cheaper than supermarkets. I realise how this meat is probably raised but I turn a blind eye as it is the only way we can afford to eat at the moment.
I think I would like to gradually introduce more meat free meals into our diet. I would also like to buy free range or organic cuts of meat. I realise these will be more expensive but if can find tasty, meat-free alternatives we could have meat less often. If you have any yummy vegetarian meal suggestions we could try I would love to hear them. We don't have a very varied menu so I am sure a lot of your suggestions will be new to us and I look forward to reading them.