Thanks to a society looking at humane treatment of animals, even those destined for the dinner table, some farmers have opted to raise the prime meat animal that supplies us with that delectable meat — bacon — in pastures rather than stalls.
Lost amongst the Europe-wide furore concerning the discovery of horsemeat in processed foods, on February 14 the European Union quietly announced a partial lifting of the ban on animal proteins in feedstuffs.
Animal rights group Mercy for Animals Canada has condemned the treatment of pigs at a Puratone Corp. Farm near Arborg, Manitoba. The group secretly shot video footage of maltreatment of pigs on the farm during August and September 2012.
There are no doubts that the world is in a tough position right now. The economic fall-out from the recession continues to affect many countries, and weather-related crises appear to be the norm this year.
China has stated officially that the nation will continue to be nearly self sufficient with new large scale production methods across a range of foods. Brave statement, given China’s water situation, polluted water supplies, and desertification.
Farmers markets are thriving in Cuba and this direct marketing method has helped them survive the collapse of the Soviet Union, but food production problems remain and the government is determined to do something to change this.
Clip from the film Samsara, showing automated food production.
Ramesh preparing compost manure in his farm. The weeds of the farm are collected and used as raw materials, along with stalks of beans and other vegetables, peels, dry leaves and cow dung, to make the manure.
Raju's farm on a river island: no chemical pesticide is used in the farm. Instead, oil lamps are used to trap plant-eating pests. Also, used are drip irrigation, organic manure and an extra dose of youthful energy.