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Drunk Chicken Slayer

Joshua Shelton. Drunk Chicken Slayer. In one night Joshua managed to kill 70,000 chickens who were in their chicken houses.

As awful as it is, it really was just an accident.  A mistake on which switch he flipped off.  So, how could this happen? I mean, the farm is in Maryland, which experiences lows in the upper 60’s overnight. So it couldn’t have been from temperature related issues.  Why couldn’t a chicken survive without food, water or circulation for one night?  We have a chicken (her name is Chicken) and she perches herself on the table top all night long and won’t move.  She experiences the dark and she refrains from eating and drinking while sleeping… she won’t even entertain the offering of a tasty treat.  She is a hearty bird who lives outdoors.  Year round.  She experiences the darkness, lack of food and water at times, and the seasons… and she continues to survive and even thrive.

If you look at the satellite image of this “farm,” you can see immediately that these chicken “houses” are actually warehouses.  The chickens live indoors their whole lives.  They are completely reliant on the conventional farming techniques of keeping them healthy enough to either produce an egg product, or become a meal themselves.  These poor chickens probably never even knew when it was dark outside, what fresh air was, or when it was appropriate to eat based upon their biology.

If the chickens are that sensitive to the lights being out, to no water or food for a few hours overnight, then what does that say about their health and ultimately the health of the human that is eating them or the product they produce?  Would you eat such a sickly bird if you knew it was?

Tiffany B.

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Posted by on August 30, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Butterball Abuse

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I read a story today on a former employee of Butterball in North Caroline who pleaded guilty to some pretty awful abuse of live turkeys. He was one of six who were charged.  

So I guess stories like this have probably been around just as long as mass-produced animal farming has been.  Stories pop up and go away, but the frequency of these stories has become scary.  There is also the factor of USDA inspectors who are in place and inspect facilities DAILY to prevent such horrendous crimes against nature.   Will this type of unethical behavior ever stop and will the departments that are put into place to monitor them ever care enough to enforce their mission?  What can you do about it?

Research.  When you go to your local chain grocery store, look at the meats available to you.  Find out where the meat comes from and research those facilities.  The hamburger that you are serving your family was once a beautiful bovine who looked at the human that was slaughtering it with beautiful eyes just like these.

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Know your farmer.  Know your food.  Examine and learn because knowledge can be the extra muscle behind that dollar that you pull from your wallet.  

We are the only ones who can and will demand that corporation/conventional farmers change their ways.  The government (unfortunately) has refused to put this type of sentiment on the front burner.  It starts at your kitchen table when you provide the food for yourself and your family with love.  Love for all.  Isn’t that what it is all about?

Tiffany B. 

 
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Posted by on August 29, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Inc. 500

I found out last week that the company that I work for, Vital Farms, debuted in 2012 on Inc. 500’s list at number 51.  At first I was like “YAY!”  And then I was like HUH?

Vital Farms is a “family” farm that produces the most spectacular organic and pasture-raised eggs and chickens around.  Even the Cornucopia Institute has given us a 5 egg rating for ethical treatment and organic products.

So why are we bowing “to the man” and making waves in the corporate realm?  It just doesn’t seem right…until you consider this.

Our farm and it’s mission, like many other organic and ethical farms, is to win the arm wrestling match against inhumane, corporate “farming” (the term farm shouldn’t even be used with these institutions because the animals are treated more like inanimate objects, than actual living beings that experience pain, desire, wants and needs).  Vital Farms aims to win the battle and in order to do so, we can’t sit idly by as a small farm.  We gotta step up to the plate and take our best shot… and that is exactly what we are doing.  When we maintain our strictest standards and guidelines, help more farmers do what we love and require to provide the demands of our products, then we are slowly going “over the top” and are staring down our opponent.  The fact that we are on the Inc 500 list proves this and WOW to debut at number 51 is absolutely spectacular.  We couldn’t have done it without you.

Vital Farms will continue to exercise our mission to provide as many stores, restaurants, businesses, corporations and YOU the products that you love and desire from us. We are out to change the world of eggs and chickens!

Tiffany B.

 
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Posted by on August 24, 2012 in Vital Farms

 

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Denature, Denatured, Denaturing… what does it all really mean?

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Taking the nature out.  Pretty simple.  The term is utilized to support whole food arguments and is quite often used incorrectly leading arguments about the science of eating healthy.

Heating food past 112 degrees denatures it.  This is a fact.  Right at 112 degrees proteins begin to unfold and change shape rendering structurally sensitive enzymes biologically inactive.  However, even when a food is heated, it still has enzymatic activity to help you break it down.  It takes a lot of heat and/or a lot of time to totally denature food.  The reality is that as we process foods, they lose enzymatic activity in relation to how hot and how long they were heated.  Microwaving is another way to denature food at an intense pace.

So, why does it matter?  A simple explanation is that enzymes are specific proteins with specific structures that allow certain metabolic activity, digestion. Denaturing enzymes or inactivating those processes will add stress, however minor, to your body when you consume the food. Accumulation of that stress over time can lead to further problems with digestion and subsequently other more serious symptoms and dysfunctions. This does not mean that any cooking is a horrible thing, simply that we must consider it a compromise and make choices accordingly. It would be ideal to only consume fresh whole raw foods but without the time and effort put in, it is just impractical in todays culture.   Making whole food choices whenever you can and using plant based digestive enzymes when you eat cooked food can be the best escape hatch to reducing the stress of digestion on your body.  Thus relieving many digestive issues like bloat, IBS, heart burn, reflux, etc.

Feed your body what it needs and it will love you for it!

– Dr. Josh Carter, Contributor

 
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Posted by on August 2, 2012 in Uncategorized

 
 
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