My daughter has seen some of these conditions first-hand that are being portrayed in the pictures at the link below (You Are What You Eat: Pictures of Factory Farms). She is currently working toward a Biology/Chemistry degree and is hoping to enter the Iowa State College of Veterinary Medicine in the near future. She has been doing an internship with a local veterinarian and has had the opportunity to go to several farms in the area. Her original goal was to work with horses and possibly other large animals, but after seeing and experiencing the conditions that these animals are kept in and how they are treated, I think she has changed her mind.
My daughter told me that one of the dairy farms that she went to the cows were receiving injections of rBGH and were in extremely poor health. These are the things she described to me:
* Cows were kept in cubicles with their heads in devices that kept them in one position
* Cows were standing in their own feces
* Many cows had diseases / rotting in their hooves, including raw abscesses
* Most of the cows were lame to some degree
* Cows had infected udders
* Some of the cows were refusing to eat and had a tube placed into their stomach in an attempt to "activate" the stomach to get the cow to start eating again
* Cows were milked with the milking equipment while standing in feces
* She told me that she definitely would not want to drink milk from these cows…yet this is the typical milk that is on our grocery store shelves!
And of course you know, all these infections = high antibiotic use, which also ends up in your milk, in addition to rBGH.
I have always tended to think of Iowa farms as this picturesque haven of green pastures with happy, free roaming, and well-cared for animals. That is the type of farm that I grew up on and that is how my dad and grandpa took care of their cows! Sadly, this is no longer true in many cases…even in Iowa! My heart is deeply saddened that we have become so insensitive and inhumane that we can treat animals like this. I hope that you will consider this when you make your next purchase at the grocery store. By informing others and ‘voting’ with our grocery dollars we can have an impact on the ultimate course of our farming practices in this country.
I recognize that dairy and meat are not part of Dr. Schulze's or Dr. Christopher's protocol for health and healing. I am not in any way advocating a departure from these protocols. However, I also realize that we are all at different places on our healing journey and that some of us do eat some dairy and meat. If you do choose to indulge in dairy, you should only consume raw dairy products that come from a safe source. Of course, organic is the best option for either dairy or meat. For those of you who are interested, here are some websites to help you locate healthier dairy and meat sources...
What You Can Do:
See our rBGH-free dairy map to buy dairy products sold in your state that are artificial hormone free.
Visit the Eat Well Guide for an online listing of stores, restaurants and producers that sell rBGH-free dairy products.
Here are some websites that help you find local sources of meat and dairy from farmers who actively promote the welfare of their animals and the health of the land:
Eatwild.com is an excellent source for safe, healthy, natural and nutritious grass-fed beef, lamb, goats, bison, poultry, pork and dairy products.
This website will help you find farmers' markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainably-grown food in your area, where you can buy produce, grass-fed meats, and many other goodies.
You Are What You Eat: Pictures Of Factory Farms