“Cheap is in the eyes of the accountant. Somehow we’ve forgotten how to add the total costs of cheap meat production to our health, environment, the loss of vibrant rural communities with lots of family farms.”—Daniel Imhoff, a researcher who edited a book “CAFO: The Tragedy of Industrial Animal Factories,” quoted by Monica Eng in Factory farms: Meat is cheap, but at what cost?
“I was like, who are these people and why do they care what I say?”—Mike Haley, a 30-year-old, fifth-generation farmer in West Salem, Ohio, who started posting on Twitter as a way to push farmers’ agendas, on the surprising number of people who followed him. According to Forbes, some commodity traders are using Twitter to get inside trading information from farmers such as Haley.
You may have heard that the Jondles, owners of Abundant Life Farms, were found murdered last night.
I first met the Jondles last fall when I was interested in learning about how to slaughter a chicken by hand. They also made frequent trips to Salem to sell their farm-raised, organic free-range chickens from the back of a truck.
In an age when many farmers are reluctant to allow journalists entry into their businesses for fear of media looking to expose their farming practices, they were generous, open and kind. At least in terms of their operations, they knew they had nothing to hide.
I remember being amazed at the happy chatter of the family as it processed the chickens.