I felt angry, sad and hopeless. I came away feeling as if there was nothing I can do. My best thought was that we had to wait and watch the industry kill itself because it will. It is destined for failure, but at what cost along the way? I did feel a sense of coming together and with that a bigger power – the different groups working independently, supporting each other and building alliances is a great step in the right direction.
What I did not hear mentioned once during the weekend was that it is imperative to reduce consumption of animal products.
Family farmers were represented and applauded and while this is a certainly a better alternative, the fact is, if humans continue to consume animal products at the current rate (and the expected increase), family farms will not be able to meet the demand. It’s a simple case of high school economics; supply and demand. We don’t want factory farms in our neighborhood, we want clean water, we want to support our local family farms, but we want to continue to eat cheap meat, eggs and dairy products. And, the system is set up to encourage and support this fully with government subsidies, miseducation (brought to you by the meat and dairy industry), unconstitutional law and corruption in our government. So most continue on, unaware of what a factory farm is, what the industry is doing to our Earth, our health, the lives of billions of animals and the future of our children and grandchildren. We prevent a CAFO from moving into one neighborhood so it can be built in another, we decry the horrors of factory farming and then purchase the ninety-nine cent eggs at the grocery store or order a double cheeseburger at the fast food joint.
We have been lied to, misled, coerced and manipulated. It is time for all of us to be educated and become aware of the truth. There is great power in truth. There is greater power in personal responsibility. Each of us needs to take personal responsibility to become educated and aware and then to make the responsible choice in each moment. Only when we collectively stop asking for the cheap meat, dairy and eggs and tell them we do not want it, will we actually be able to stop the factory farms.
We have all been indoctrinated with a cultural belief system surrounding the consumption of animal foods. We have come to believe that eating animals is normal, necessary and natural.
This is actually far from the truth and there is a better way.
There is a beautiful, life-affirming, kind, gentle, exceptionally healthful, affordable, simple solution.
Jon and I are certified World Peace Diet Facilitators, we have spent years of countless hours, dollars, and energy educating ourselves, researching, attending seminars, reading, talking with others, crying, screaming and above all changing our entire lives as an effect of what we have discovered. It has been, and is, the most incredible journey of our lives. It is our purpose, passion and obligation to share what we feel is the most important message of our time.