by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist
October 26, 2012
My kids are in love with the meatballs I make from pastured pork. I get this tasty, nutrient dense meat courtesy of a local farm where the pigs are free to run around outside in sunlight that is rich in UVB rays which pigs use to produce Vitamin D.
These happy hogs compare with the unfortunate and miserable animals from huge hog confinement operations known as CAFOs (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations). Believe it or not, a single CAFO building housing confined pigs might hold 1,000 or more sows or 10,000 or more market hogs! These poor animals don’t even have enough room to turn around in most cases!
Do you want your pork to come from these animals? I sure don’t! There’s no way I want one red cent of my food dollars to go to the companies that treat animals this way not to mention that this type of industrialized farm is detrimental to the environment and the food produced from it will not compare with the nutrition from hogs living outside in the fresh air and sunlight.