I am writing in response to Mr. Sid Duchmeier's letter (Nov. 5,) entitled "What I am scared of". He provides an insightful, thorough summary of the negative consequences of industrial meat production, including animal welfare, human health hazards such as antibiotic resistance, environmental pollution, and labor relations. He closes with a vow to remove meat from his diet.
I propose another course of action: buy locally produced meat direct from Valley farmers. Our region boasts dozens of farms raising livestock under humane conditions in a natural setting. The tools of their trade are pasture, sunshine, and fresh air instead of antibiotics and growth enhancers. They welcome customer questions about their products and management practices. Some sell at farmer's markets, others directly from their farm. Others organize buying clubs, coops, or online stores. There is an excellent website for finding local farms, www.localharvest.org, which is a national database searchable by state and town. We do have the power of choice when it comes to feeding our families.
Caroline Owens, Sunbury