Meeting vs. Eating: How Do You Feel About Meeting Farm Animals?

On the drive home from our tour of Green Meadows Farm last week, an interesting topic of conversation was raised:

How do you feel about meeting that animals that will later become food you eat?

This question can bring up a lot of strong feelings and provoke everything from discussions of natural order to arguments for vegetarianism.

Personally, we like seeing the animals on the farm. We like knowing that the pigs are spending their days rolling around in mud and shoving each other aside for the choicest spot at the feed trough. We like hearing the farmer talk about the his cows and then showing us where they live. We like that even the wandering chickens are cared for and have a roost to sleep in.

Instead of troubled, this makes us (again, personally) feel reassured. Reassured that we're making a good choice about where we're buying our meat, and also reassured on a more fundamental level to feel the connection between the food on our table and where it comes from. This reminds us to be grateful and to not to take the food for granted.

What are your thoughts?

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(Image: Emma Christensen for the Kitchn)