On the Third Thursday of each month, we gather on the veranda of Il Postino Pizzeria with our boxes and bags of local deliciousness. You will be amazed at the variety of produce and usually go home with more than you brought! Read about some of the Dargle producers on …
Molewa’s Kitchen – Food Blogger Dennis Molewa shares his incredibly tasty creations that use organic and free range ingredients.
Pop by tomorrow and enjoy an African style breakfast. My own creation of Morogo Poached Eggs.
Made with free-range eggs and kale and spinach from Comrade CarrotMosima Macdonald Pale.
Where? From 10am at the …
This farmers market in Pretoria is not an organic market but one can still find fresh produce straight from the farm. There are probably a few organic stalls too, especially since organic food is becoming more and more popular as people prefer healthier and more environmentally friendly options.
Held every Saturday at the historic Granger Bay site of the V&A Waterfront, the OZCF Market Day is a community farmers-style market for independent local farmers and artisanal food producers. At the OZCF Market customers can do weekly food shopping (veg, fruit, bread, organic dairy, free-range eggs, honey, muesli etc), …
Bloemfontein’s Boeremark Market is one of the oldest farmers’ markets in South Africa, established long before food markets became so popular. Held every Saturday at Bankovs Boulevard, this peaceful, outdoor market is full of stalls selling all kinds of organic food and fresh produce, magnificent cheeses and handcrafted treasures that …
Activist page with petitions where you can vote against or donate towards the fight against sow crates and other cruelties.
Modern meat chickens (broilers) are genetically modified to grow extra large in a really short amount of time. This puts such stress on their organs and bones that they sometimes get leg deformities, further reducing their ability to move. They are so heavy they sit a lot, and this results in sores from their feces. To further compound the problem they are often so squashed together they couldn’t really run around and get exercise even if they were able to move.
Switching to free range chicken helps a little because even if the free range chicken breeds are the same ones above (intensively genetically engineered), they have a bit more exercise and a better quality of life. Ask your free range chicken supplier what breed – if it is a breed like Boschveld, Koekoek, Australorp or any of the other non GM breeds then this meat is a bit better as these chickens grow at a normal rate.
Pork farming is just as bad. Many farms use sow crates. This confines the sow (female pig) to a tiny pen that she can’t even move around in. She is confined in this cage for almost her whole life, solely to breed, like a machine.
The picture below is a particularly bad case
Beef farming is almost as bad. Look at the following picture
This picture is a typical feedlot and this is how most beef is produced. There are hundred of thousands of animals – this picture is just a small fraction! As you can see, there is absolutely no shelter from the sun or elements. All the animals are fed a maize-based feed which fattens them up as quickly as possible. This diet is not natural for the animals.
Even if animals are free range, they are usually mass slaughtered and many cows are terrified wrecks while they wait in line to die. There are videos of them being viciously poked in the eyes and even pushed along the ground with forklifts because they are so scared and wont cooperate.
Mass slaughter means that some animals aren’t stunned properly or their throats aren’t slit cleanly so they either lie in pain dying slowly or they get thrown in vats of boiling water while still alive.
Below are some videos of factory farming, Youtube is full of them. Seeing pictures is one thing, actually watching the videos and hearing the animals is more than most decent people can handle. Please go vegan or at least only buy free range, preferably from your local farmer who has a family to support. South African Unethical Pig Farm
Meet Your Meat: PETA video
Can You Handle The Truth?
http://youtu.be/xcvVAlXnzno Many cows suffer greatly in the worldwide beef, dairy and veal industries. Here is some information on typical factory farming methods used around the world:
Quick Facts Cows can live to 25 years, but beef cows are generally killed at just one to three years of age. While beef cows begin their lives grazing on pasture, most spend their final months standing in their own waste in a barren feedlot devoid of pasture or shelter. On feedlots, beef cows often suffer from severe digestive disorders caused by the unnatural diet they are forced to consume. The Basics Cows raised for meat are the only factory farmed animals still raised largely outdoors. However, this does not mean they have easy or pain-free lives. They are branded and castrated without painkillers, may have their horns removed without painkillers, and live outdoors amid all weather extremes. Between the ages of six months and one year, beef cows are sent to live their last few months in feedlots with hundreds or even thousands of others. Without pasture and often without shelter, the cows must stand in their own waste, and sometimes mud and ice. To increase their weight, they are fed an unnatural grain diet that is very hard on their bodies, causing illness, pain and sometimes death. Dairy Cows
Quick Facts Today’s dairy cows each produce about 100 pounds of milk per day—10 times more than cows living just a few decades ago. This is due to bovine growth hormones, unnatural diets and being bred selectively for massive milk production. 75% of downed animals are dairy cows. About 9 million cows are being used for milk production in the United States at any given time. read the rest of the article at: http://www.aspca.org/fight-cruelty/farm-animal-cruelty/cows-factory-farms Related Links
Legal Protections for Farm Animals While most Americans expect our laws to protect farm animals, the reality falls far short. Animals raised for food are among the least-protected class of animals in our nation. The U.S. has no federal laws protecting farm animals while they’re actually on the farms where they are raised.
Making Welfare-Conscious Choices We believe that farm animal suffering can be reduced through expanded education about more humane farming methods, smart shopping, and reduced consumption of animal products. At every step of their lives, farm animals must be treated with compassion and protected from suffering.
The ASPCA and Farm Animals Since 1866, the ASPCA has worked to stop cruelty to animals involved in the food production process. The industry has fallen into the hands of large corporations, and the issue of cruelty remains. The ASPCA continues its efforts to create distress-free lives for the many animals raised for food.
Pigs on Factory Farms The U.S. raises some 100 million pigs for food each year, virtually all in factory farms. Industrial-scale pig farms are known for their intensive, inhospitable conditions. Pigs can live up to 15 years, but most of those raised on factory farms are slaughtered at just six months.
Birds on Factory Farms Birds are by far the most abused type of animal in the United States. Roughly 8.5 billion chickens are killed for their meat every year, while another 300 million languish in tiny cages producing our country’s eggs. All birds are excluded from all federal animal protection laws.
Farm Animal Cruelty Glossary Billions of farm animals nationwide suffer under inhumane conditions on factory farms, which are large, industrial operations that raise large numbers of animals for food. Read these terms to find out more about the cruel practices associated with factory farming. Earthlings Free Range chickens – this label can be misleading!
Crammed in: Chickens are huddled into a barn in a free-range farm
Look for “pastured” or “grass-fed” labels as sometimes an unethical farm can label their eggs as free range because there is an open door to go outside, but outside there is just a cement courtyard or something. Animal cruelty charges for ex-agriculture MEC
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If you are still reading this, you deserve a medal for bravery! Here are some pictures of free range farming to help you feel a bit better
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Overview The African Centre for Biosafety (ACB) campaigns against the genetic engineering, privatization, industrialization and corporate control of Africa’s food systems and the commodification of nature and knowledge. It supports efforts towards food systems that are equitable and ecologically sustainable, built upon the principles of food sovereignty/agro-ecology. The ACB provides research, policy, analysis, advocacy and knowledge sharing.
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Situated in the picturesque Maluti Mountains of Zastron in the Orange Free State, Boomplaats farm practices holistic farming and is the very first farm in the whole of South Africa to produce organically certified cattle, sheep, pigs and chickens.
No fungicides, pesticides, herbicides, hormones or antibiotics means the meat is healthy for you. They supply Johannesburg, Pretoria and around Gauteng.
“We create living soils, lush pastures, happy animals and vibrant humans!”
ARTISANAL PORK My name is Akim Riemer; I am a Pork-smith in search of the holy grail of the pork chop. As a pork-smith I practice the art of artisanal pork husbandry, a holistic philosophy guided by nature, bound by the mantra “no stress at death”. To achieve this pigs have to be slaughtered at the place of birth and with smoke and mirrors you can, on a small herd of 150 pigs, harvest with zero stress-IT’S POSSIBLE and revolutionary! To make it sustainable the concept “artisanal allotment pork club” has been born, a collective and legal approach for people to be accountable to the meat they eat. Enshrined in the constitution under the bill of rights is the freedom of belief so if you are a meat eater, and are of the belief that the animal must not suffer, cannot be tortured, and was allowed to follow its natural behavior before its slaughtered with respect and zero stress we invite you to contact us to find out more. If you wish to see us in person and get to know more about our collective sharing approach for sustainable pork then please come see us this Saturday at Kommetjie Primary schools market for the fund raiser “walk for water” where we will have a stand selling fresh produce, eggs, lard soap and sceletium all from our farm from 9h-15h. Look out for the man in the black skirt……. Do we wait for the laws to change or do we bend them so they change faster? Whatever you decide we all know the luxury of doing nothing has passed!
Seen on the pictures: fat neck chops traditionally brined and green cured then smoked with French oak and bay leaf they go by the loving name “banters orgasm”.
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Pick n Pay has started labeling certain pork products as being “sow friendly” but the NSPCA claims this is misleading. Click here to read about the NSPCA’s claims. They basically say that Pick n Pay producers still use sow crates and that Pick n Pay have their own ideas about what “sow friendly” is.
Sows are female pigs and they have absolutely miserable lives as they are mostly kept pregnant their whole lives and confined to tiny metal cages indoors.
This extract details more about the horrific conditions:
When they’re old enough to give birth, female pigs, or sows, are artificially inseminated and imprisoned for their entire pregnancies in “gestation crates,” cages that are just 2 feet wide and too small for them even to turn around or lie down comfortably. They often experience health problems, such as ulcers and pressure sores, from lack of movement—and worse. One worker describes how a mother pig with a broken pelvis was treated: [My supervisor] kicked her and then grabbed her by both of her ears and attempted to drag her out of the gestation crate in the breeding barn. She screamed in pain and protest .… [He was] riding her like a surfboard with one leg on her back and one on her neck. He then grabbed her by her tail, lifted her body, and forced her to walk out of her crate. As she did this, it was a horrific sight. The back half of her body was unable to move …. [My supervisor] was then trying to kick her and push her to keep her still as he shot her. She turned to the sows in crates alongside her as if asking for help. They kissed and sniffed, and then she was shot.
If you have read enough and want to keep eating meat but at least support free range pork farms (which don’t use sow crates) then visit the following link:
How did we get here – and do the authorities and farmers even care about animal welfare? An explanation of why pigs are kept in sow crates, from the American Veterinary Medical Association Animal Welfare Division:
Advantages: Individual Access to Resources—Stall housing allows each sow to be given an individually tailored diet10,11 and secure access to water. Enrichment materials, such as straw or balls, chains and ropes also may be provided, although this is not common in most installations. Accessibility—In facilities providing front and rear alleys for viewing sows, individual housing makes it easy to identify, inspect and intervene on behalf of specific sows, such as for veterinary treatment.1,10 Protection from Aggression—Stall-housed sows are unlikely to receive injuries associated with physical aggression, but agonistic interactions may still occur between adjacent animals.12 Disadvantages: Behavioral Restriction— Stall-housed sows are less active,13 and spend more time sitting and standing and less time walking than sows housed in pens.11 Sows in gestation stalls can stand-up and lie down, but are prevented from turning around and performing behaviors such as communal lying and movement to preferred micro-environments. Confinement Injuries—Stall-housed sows may have a higher incidence of injuries such as pressure sores, ulcers, and abrasions.14,15,16 Stereotypy—Sows in stalls may perform more stereotypic behaviors such as biting, chewing, licking, and rubbing than sows housed in the other systems.11,17,18,19.20
All of these advantages are available with larger systems that give the sows more space. Piglet mortality is higher in organic farming, but this problem is being researched and ways have been found to reduce this.
Consumers put pressure on producers by preferring lower prices. Producers implement aggressive tactics to increase their market share, often because they needed many investors on board to get the farm running in the first place so they need to provide a certain ROI, so they slash prices as much as possible to claim and increase their market share. Family farms which have been in operation for generations find themselves competing with these companies and resorting to tactics they don’t really like – either that or go out of business.
Recalling how his family operation began moving pigs from pastures to confinements in the 1970s, Borgic said: “We started using the stalls to protect the sows. I let science and the market tell me what to do. I’ve done both. I know in my heart and my brain what is better.” His unapologetic defense of maternity crates was shared by other leading Illinois pork producers, who credit the individual stalls for bigger litters, heavier piglets and reduced workforce costs. “Everybody looks at pigs and thinks of themselves,” said David Conrady, whose Logan County-based TriPork Inc. markets nearly 11,000 pigs per year. His animals have hearts similar to humans’ and highly evolved minds, he notes, but they are destined to make food, not serve as companions or pets. “They’re raised for a purpose. We’ve got to feed the world first,” Conrady said.
It sounds like this agri company didn’t want to make the change, but exterior aggregates influenced their business model.
“They’re raised for a purpose”… I’ve come across too many times in my experience. Would we like it if we were treated the same? Of course not. And this sentiment is echoed in multiple sayings such as “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” and “what’s good for the goose is good for the gander” and on and on. I have had people tell me that animals were put on Earth by God to feed us. Well, let’s say that WE were also put on Earth to feed something more powerful than us – would we want to be kept in tiny cages all day or left outside permanently with no protection from the elements such as the Karan Beef feedlots?
I don’t think anyone that own or works in a factory farm feels in their hearts that they are doing the right thing – but it makes them a living and they just won’t reduce profits to make animals lives better. Open pasture free range farms are unarguably the gold standard in farming:
Commercial outdoor farrowing systems are often comprised of individual farrowing paddocks or runs in which sows will have individual access to a farrowing site but share a portion of pasture with other sows. Outdoor systems for farrowing have been cited as the gold standard of farrowing systems as they facilitate high standards of welfare while still remaining economically efficient. Outdoor systems satisfy the biological needs of both the mother and offspring by allowing for key natural behaviours to be performed during the time prior to farrowing and throughout lactation.
If prices are to remain the same there needs to be some sacrifice in the profit margins and consumers need to pay more if required to keep the operations profitable and sustainable. Consumers should boycott any factory farms – literally put them out of business and support companies that care.
So we would think that the main problem is the consumers. But then why is the push towards crate-free farming mostly instigated by the consumer? Because there are two types of consumers – conscious and unconscious.
Conscious consumers are uncomfortably aware of how much power they have – and disconcerted by their low numbers in relation to the unconscious consumers. Unconscious consumers don’t care (or CAN’T care…) about prices as they are in “survival” mode and need/want to prioritize the needs of themselves and their families over the needs of the animals producing their food. Even when these consumers are shown factory farming in black and white they either don’t care or can’t care. Conscious consumers are kindhearted and educated, and they understand that they vote with their buying power and that current trends are merely a reflection of this power.
We all created this mess. And it is up to us to fix it.
All of our current standards can be changed – if we choose to support those that are in accordance with the changes we wish to see. And that is why Ethical Suppliers was created, to create more conscious consumers. Please support free range meat and improve living conditions for all animals.
Our ebook library has loads of resources on farming to help you grow anything. Not all the guides are for organic farming but you can grow anything organically if you use eco-friendly pest control methods and the right seed. You can also download a ZIP file of all the books together.
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So please support free range farming and help end cruelty to animals.