In some ways Iris is so sheltered: home-schooled, limited media, etc... But in other ways she is much more knowledgeable and connected than a lot of people her age and even older.
I love that she loves animals and wants to take care of them. I love that she knows exactly where her food comes from. Milk, meat, vegetables, eggs. Of course she knows you can also buy them in a store but there is no confusion; food comes from plants and animals. She knows that we treat animals with respect and compassion, even the ones we will eventually eat.
I see so many people posting on social media about saving the animals. Well, mostly just saving the pets. Treat dogs and cats humanely. Rescue pets from a shelter.
These are all great things. We should be doing these things.
But I hardly ever see posts about being humane to the animals that will be slaughtered for food.
This bugs me. Shouldn't we be treating everything with respect or at least doing the best we can. I am not suggesting you have to be a vegan. It is possible to find and purchase from farmers that treat their animals humanely. You just need to look.
A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel. Proverbs 12:10
The biggest argument I have heard against buying food directly from a farmer is that it is expensive. Sometimes it is more expensive than the store, but not always. You just need to do your research. Plus, when you buy directly from a farmer you are directly supporting his/her family instead of a corporation.
Shouldn't food be one of our top priorities anyway?
I realize there are times when locating local food isn't the priority. Some people have fallen on hard times and need to do what they can to get by.
However, I see many people complain about the price of local or organic food but willingly spend money on Starbucks, alcohol, cigarettes, soda, etc... I am not saying that all of those things are bad. I like a Starbucks vanilla latte once in a while, but they shouldn't be our priority.
Humanely raised food that nourishes our bodies and nourishes the earth should be one of our priorities.
What are your thoughts?
Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31
P.S. This post may be linked up with the following blog hops: Monday- The Art of Homemaking Mondays, Tuesday- The Homestead Blog Hop, Wednesday- The Homemaking Party, Homestead Blog Hop, Thursday- Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop, Friday- From the Farm Hop, Awesome Life Friday, Saturday- Simply Natural Saturdays.