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Unformatted text preview: Journal #3 Pollan is now at the Polyface farm checking out a “real” organic farm. This farmer uses absolutely nothing but the animals, sun, and grass to produce his meet and dairy products plus a few berries. He keeps all the animals on a good chunk of land and rotates them everyday so they always have fresh nutrient grass to feed on. Instead of using things like pesticides he does it the “way life is naturally”. He lets the birds eat all the bugs and things in the grass that would bother or harm the cows and then lets the cows go through and eat the grass that has been “cured” by the birds. This process allows him to not use any thing harmful on the grass. He also saves money on fertilizer that has also been shown to be toxic to the earth and humans by letting the animals manure be a fertilizer. He keeps it non toxic by always moving the animals around so there is never too much manure on the ground at once. He has a law of the second bite where he will not allow the cow to over eat the grass and kill it. This allows the cows to always have fresh grass. This makes the cows much healthier cows and they don’t need to be fed all kinds of crazy antibiotics. The cows that eat the corn in industrial farming for such things like fast food are full of antibiotics because they are fed corn which is super unnatural for there bodies to digest. This also helps the polyface farm to save money because they never need to spend it on such things as antibiotics to keep there cows healthy. Or any of there animals for that matter. Even during the winter when they have to be kept in a barn they are fed dried up grass which is hay to keep them full and healthy. The man Joel who owns the farm always have fresh cooked meals by farming the way he does. Most of the things they eat had been grown by themselves on the farm. From the eggs to the actual meat. The farm land he uses was bought by his dad in 1961 and he kept up the tradition. This shows you that if more people would farm the way that they do we would be eating much healthier meals a day. Instead of the nasty corn fed, sick animals they choose to kill for us to eat now. Pollan even got to experience how the chickens were killed on the farm. Joel believed that the animals should be raised right and even killed in a respectful way. He was only allowed to kill chickens on the farm and said he wished he could even kill the pigs and the cattle but that was against the USDA rules. If I were to eat meat this is the kind of meat I would want, knowing that it lived a long healthy life just like the animal should have is much nicer then eating a cow that did not even live its whole life, was treated badly, and was super sick. More people should be trying to eat this way even though it is a little pricier at least you know you are eating the way you should be. Pollan also mentions while he is killing the chicken that after awhile you stop feeling morally wrong about what you are doing and you just get into the habit of your work. So most of these industrial farmers with all these nasty cows do not see it as morally wrong they see it as money making and work that needs to be done just like they have done for years. Joel even sold some of the organs in the chicken. He really believed in being as humane as possible and doing most of what you can with everything you have. This is a mind thought that I believe all farmers now a day should have. Even when it comes to our vegetables and fruits because spraying them with pesticides and fertilizers takes half of the nutrients we need in them away. When Pollan questioned people on why they get there food from the farm and spend more money most people said they liked that the animals were happy and fresh. This showed that many people actually like the idea of knowing where there food comes from instead of being blind to the idea of the way there animal was really raised. ...
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- Spring '08