It is categorically undeniable. Veganism is reaching new height. Not only because more and more people are disgusted with the way animals are (mal)treated to feed a growing population, but also because way too many animals are slaughtered and a large quantity of meat and meat products are wasted each year. Supermarkets have created a demand for abundance and yet are contributing to a worldwide problem. By constantly providing stacked shelves, supermarkets and larger stores are virtually slaughtering thousands of animals, which otherwise would not be needed for human consumption. Growing demand from supermarkets also brings farming issues, such as the ever low prices such stores are willing to pay to farmers in order to maximise profits. While supermarkets price for the kilo of meat is constantly on the rise, it is far too disproportionate. Paying a farmer a coupe of pounds for a kilo a meat, supermarkets charge consumers an average of 10 times what they paid for.
This is enough to make anyone vegan. Caring for animal welfare is a pertinent point but getting back at supermarkets for promoting 'bad' farming methods is another one, one I believe is the most important.
Not only, would I never consider buying meat from supermarkets but I refuse to buy or eat conventionally raise meat or meat products. Conventional meat is nothing but a sick, obese, or otherwise diseased animal. Sure, the meat is labelled as safe for human consumption. It is after all a disease type us humans are afflicted with, also called metabolic disorders, whereas everything in the body is out of wack. Like us animals are forced to eat a diet that goes against their nature. Instead of eating grass (which, also cost nothing!), cattle is forced to graze on grains and feeds that are enriched with growth hormones, antibiotics and disease-causing chemicals. Chickens are raised in cages with barely enough space to breathe, awaiting to die, while humans play with lights so chickens provide twice as many eggs as they would otherwise, fed protein-rich feeds to their eggs is also twice as big. Other chicken that are raised in factory may be able to walk, but on top of each others and in their own faeces. Pigs are locked to the floor and never see the day of light, a human-made milk machine for their babies. Other atrocities are committed daily and by buying meat in supermarkets, we are directly contributing to their pain and to farmers having to cut corners and do 'bad' just to survive. If they had to disconnect themselves to protect their livelihood, we have to reconnect with food. And supermarket food is not the answer.
Cheaper food is not innocent.
Buying less is by far a better money saving argument. Buying less meat but directly from trusted farms is also wiser than going for cheaper plastic-wrapped cuts. Or if you prefer to make a bigger statement, become vegan.
While, I am personally not a vegan person, I eat very little meat and never from supermarkets. Many butchers and organic farmers, platforms and other co-operative are delivering directly to your door, so that if you are too far from a farm or do not drive, there are still plenty of options to choose from. Go for the one that fits your budget. Some farm co-operative sell parts of an animal, and only when all parts have been purchased the animal is slaughtered.
This is truly human nature.
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