As I’ve probably shared here already, Rachel and I gave up meat for Lent this year. It was a very interested time for us; Rachel has barely gone back to eating meat, and I am eating far less than I used to.
I posted a facebook status Tuesday afternoon that I hadn’t “eaten meat since Sunday noon.” This status received many comments, including an article link from Audie Alcorn. “The Mad Cowboy” is Harold Lyman’s story, the excerpt is his telling of his infatuation, relationship, and break-up with Agri-business.
While the whole piece is worth a read, this part particularly struck me:
Even though I had increased crop yields dramatically, even though I could now grow a heifer to 1,100 pounds in just 15 months instead of the 30 months it used to take, even though I had bought leased many of my neighbors farms and increased my acreage fortyfold, it was getting harder and harder to make ends meet. The chemicals themselves were expensive, and every year I had to use more chemical fertilizer and more antibiotics to get the same result as the year before.
Does the last sentence here remind you of something? Chemical fertilizers and the antibiotics (which Lyman explains all cattle need because of the unnatural living conditions) develop a dependency on the part of the land and the cattle. It takes more each year to get the same result.
Is there land rehab, or cattle rehab where detoxification might start?
I I weren’t already concerned about Agri-Business and their love of synthetic chemicals in replacing the natural ability of creation to nourish plant growth, I am now! If I hadn’t already determined to eat only beef that is grass-fed rather than grain-fed, I am now!
I suppose it makes sense in some ironic way that we are, apparently, doing the same thing to the land and to livestock that we are doing to ourselves. On the other hand, I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be building up tolerance for unnatural chemicals; neither do I think the land and livestock should be.