i’ve been experimenting with the whole video thing; i really want to have yahoo! mediaplayer for music, but it doesn’t jive with WordPress. but i guess vodpod works for some things. ANYWAY…this is a recent film from Southern Foodways Alliance (SFA) about Will Harris and White Oak Pastures. will raises grassfed cattle on his farm in bluffton, georgia, and he’s one of the nicest, funniest, most endearing folks you might ever be lucky enough to meet. AND, he’s a true visionary, setting himself apart from the herd (ha) amidst a country of industrialized, cheap food.
with more and more mainstream articles and movies explaining just how horrible life is for livestock in america, how much nonfood is actually in our “food,” and with the realization that americans spend far less annual income (less than 10%) on food in this country, it’s reassuring to know that there are people like will harris and his family who are bucking the system. it’s a huge financial leap of faith to change from corn-fed to grass-fed production, and will has gone even a step further, building an on-site slaughter and processing facility. he’s the ONLY farm doing this in the eastern US.
now, i don’t claim to know everything there is to know about cows or beef, by any means, but i do know that even if you take the care to raise an animal on pasture rather than fatten it up on corn in half the time, if that animal then has to then get shoved onto a tractor trailer and be trucked halfway across the country to meet its fate, that’s a stressful, horrendous time for that cow. so, if you respect the animals and their lives and take the proper care to raise them, it only seems right that you also provide them a less stressful, more dignified end and that we, the consumers, would happily pay a premium for that. We have choices, and after meeting will and seeing films like this, this choice doesn’t seem so complicated to me.