'Mindful Carnivores' Examine Origins Of Meat

An interview with farmers and hunters about locally-sourced livestock.

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Erica Andrews is a farmer at Hurricane Farm in Scotland, Connecticut. After 10 years of being a vegetarian, she decided to raise her own meat. Photo:Chion Wolf
'Mindful Carnivores' Examine Origins Of Meat
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'Mindful Carnivores' Examine Origins Of Meat

The news today is full of the Mediterranean diet, a way of eating that is heavy on olive oil, nuts and seeds, vegetables, and fish and white meats. It has newly tested life-extending powers!

The news is also heavy with more stories of hidden horse meat in the meals in Europe, especially in pre-made lasagne and Bolognese sauce and burgers.
"For some, the brouhaha reflects unease among consumers who feel double-duped, pressed by economic austerity into buying cheap, ready-made meals while the food chain delivering them is manipulated by shadowy, get-rich-quick suppliers, perhaps even criminal gangs."
If you're on the Mediterranean diet, maybe you don't worry so much about where your meat comes from. But what about the rest of us? 
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E-mail from Roberta

Still laughing and crying over this program. There is another alternative which is eschewing (love that word) meat altogether. Our family has gradually moved away from meat and dairy. We have all lost some weight, and seem to have gotten healthier. We are NOT perfect. Sushi is still something that we indulge in periodically, but not often and we do eat eggs, because we have some chickens. However our chickens die from old age or accident and are respectfully buried. Oh no, worst joke of the day – Why the long face?? Really, Really??

Anyway, just had to let you know I listen often and follow your blog. Thank you very much. Whether we agree or disagree, I do enjoy you.

E-mail from Anonymous

I had to go to my car to listen to the stream on small farm meats and hunting your own meals! Tried to call in, but show ended and was advised to email you.

In response to the general public and getting the pastured raised/grass fed meats and eggs, I felt it was a cost issue. I am aware of the intense time and cost for small farmers that produce clean unalterated food...I'm a farmer's mother and work for FOOD!!! But, I also cook "old school". I use large cuts of meat, slow roast and get multiple meals using the meat, broth, bones and rendered fat. Today I was grinding ham off the bone to make ham and pickle sandwiches for lunch!

Then, leftovers become fast-food from the freezer, shared meals for family or even packaged for food swaps!

I know, and love, my farmer and eat her meat exclusively!!!

A Farmer's Mother
Connecticut, USA

E-mail from Clay

Wow. Almost a ton of venison thrown away. Sad, sad, sad.



And yes since it was on Fox News, my wife called the shelter (she volunteers for FoodShare CT) and they confirmed the story.


E-mail from Rachel

For those interested in getting high quality meat raised humanely, but who might not live near areas where this movement is catching on, look into your local 4H and FFA chapters. There's often a public auction at the county fair, where you can literally meet your meat and the young people who worked so hard to raise them. I grew up raising swine, sheep, and steers in the Silicon Valley of all places, and bacon from a 4Her's pig is like no other bacon on earth!