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Sunday, February 12, 2012


Alternative to factory farming right here in Hawaii

Many readers don’t look at comments, so I’d like to “promote” this comment, attached to the article At last–exploding pig poop explained (2/11/2012) by Malama Farm:

Thank you for shining a light on the terrible conditions in factory hog farms. This type of revelation is what inspired us at to prove out a model of gentle, kind and nurturing pig farming. We believe it is a privilege to eat meat, and we want to honor the lives of the animals. We have found that providing natural, clean conditions along with a diet of fresh vegetables, fruits and grains, and shunning vaccinations, antibiotics and growth hormones has led to larger, healthier litters and superior tasting meat. Most importantly, our pigs frolic in the sun, burrow their heads in fresh straw and roots, and cuddle with their littermates under rainbows and stars. We keep very low density operations and rotate our pigs regularly onto fresh pasture - this has created a wonderful cycle whereby the pigs' manure actually fertilizes the ground, helping the protein rich legumes and grasses grow and providing richer pasture for them on the next cycle. We consider ourselves "grass farmers" as much as pig farmers - because it all starts with the land. It really is possible to raise, buy and eat meat with a clear conscience - so please encourage your families, stores, restaurants and farmers to support this model of livestock farming. "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated". Mahatma Gandhi


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