Nicholas Kristof is one of the world's leading humanitarian journalists. He circles the globe in an effort to give a voice to the voiceless and shed light on the atrocities committed to human beings. Now, he's making a case for the animals. In his column, he exposes "a pair of new scientific studies suggesting that poultry on factory farms are routinely fed caffeine, active ingredients of Tylenol and Benadryl, banned antibiotics and even arsenic."
Before I even finished the article, I wanted to know how the executives that run industrial agriculture businesses sleep at night. What stories do they tell themselves that somehow make feeding chickens and hogs arsenic, benadryl and other antibiotics morally acceptable? This isn't a new question. I've asked it to myself before with regard to human trafficking and sexual slavery. Who are the men and women who find it acceptable to prostitute young girls to the highest bidder? I'm starting to believe that the answer lies in how they view the products they deal in. Humans, animals, it doesn't matter. They are a product, a commodity, a business opportunity.
I happen to be writing this post in a fit of rage. Again, before I even finished the article, a swell of anger came over me. Sometimes the depth of brokenness in our food system is overwhelming. All the wrong people are making decisions that affect their pocket books, bottom line, lobbies, and not one of them seems to be thinking about the people who will eat these arsenic-laced chickens, how it affects our food supply, or the planet. (This doesn't excuse the American public from being informed and making better choices, but that's another conversation.)
I have no solutions (well ok, start by limiting your meat intake and buying organic), and no calls to action, just an emotional response. If you've read the article, how do you feel about it?