Agribusiness on the Assault

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Registered: 03-18-2000
Agribusiness on the Assault
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Thu, 05-05-2011 - 9:24am
WATCH: Agribusiness on the Assault (Cartoon)

http://motherjones.com/media/2011/05/zina-saunders-undercover-animal-abuse-videos

Mother Jones illustrator Zina Saunders creates editorial animations riffing on the political news and current events of the week. In this week's animation, a look at our sordid meat production industry where agribusiness has been pushing laws in a number of states that would criminalize shooting or displaying undercover videos that show animal abuse on farms. One such law has already passed the House in Iowa, and would carry a penalty of up to 5 years in jail. As always, that's Saunders with the voiceovers. Other sound effects are courtesy of freesound.org.

 


Photobucket&nbs

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Registered: 11-13-2009
Sat, 05-07-2011 - 11:07am
I grew up on a "factory farm" that shipped 1/2 million cattle per year in the old days, and spend many years working in it. I saw abuse, and would call the hands on it every time. My hope is that the younger generation are more compassionate than the last. And if someone had come out secretly taking pictures/videos, I would have put a boot up their a**. It's not right to go onto private property and secretly videotape people, and I don't care who they are. And I don't believe we should be importing so much agriculture products. How about heading to Mexico or some other 3rd world country and seeing how they treat their animals? I'm sure even I would be shocked. People in America think we did a good thing by shutting down horse packing plants.. if they only knew what was happening to those horses now.

 

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Registered: 03-18-2000
Sat, 05-07-2011 - 8:03am

If it weren't for cheap labour & gov't subsidies our food would be much more expensive.

 


Photobucket&nbs

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Registered: 03-18-2000
Sat, 05-07-2011 - 7:58am

I support our local farmers market for produce when in season. For meats I generally buy from...

http://www.acountrycatering.com/smf_home.php

The butchers is only open Fri. & Sat . I buy from Big Y too they carry some quality meats.

Same with eggs & milk I always buy... http://www.thefarmerscow.com/

Unfortunately some inner cities don't have access to fresh produce & quality meats.

 


Photobucket&nbs

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Registered: 08-30-2002
Sat, 05-07-2011 - 1:44am

"People want their $2-$3 bacon, $.69 chicken, and $2 ground round. Humane conditions and humane slaughter (if there is such a thing) cost more. The vast majority of consumers don't want to pay for it."

Same with fruits and veggies. People complain about the immigrant workers, stealing all the lucrative fruit picking jobs from unemployed Americans, and using our schools and medical services. Yet, if we paid them a living/fair trade



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Registered: 02-05-2011
Fri, 05-06-2011 - 3:38pm
If people are concerned about abuse of food animals, buy kosher, or buy from a place that is open to the public. Last time I checked Bell & Evans was open for public inspection. It costs more.

I think a lot of Whole Foods products are also grown and slaughtered under more humane conditions.

People want their $2-$3 bacon, $.69 chicken, and $2 ground round. Humane conditions and humane slaughter (if there is such a thing) cost more. The vast majority of consumers don't want to pay for it.