Open Letter – Intensive Beef Farming


I am writing to you on matter relating to intensive beef farming. This was recently in the news. ( It is already becoming an established practice in America to farm beef using this method. While on one hand there is an argument to meet growing demands for food. This has resulted in intensive beef farming being seen as a solution to this problem.  In my analyses of the problem it raise two important questions. One is sustainability, and two is it morally acceptable practice. At what point does one say that such methods have crossed the line of a caring and responsible sustainable society.

In the following Article it raises the issue of sustainability looking at the cost of producing such meat. Rolling Stone Magazine also reported on this issue of cruelty. There has been a big raise in the number of products that are produced in more natural ways (the co-op is the best example). While the economic role is significant in what families can afford, they may feel obliged to purchase meat that they are consciously not aware of, in what condition it is farmed.  Are our human rights being neglected by eaten such products, would one find it acceptable to treat a human beings in this condition. Then why animals? I am not going into the finite points of the argument here, as I am sure that you are only too aware of these.

However I would like to propose an interesting idea. As your country must compete in a global market. Then the tenant of such a practice is that one offers something different. I would like to see the Farming laws expanded to stop the production of any intensive farming methods in your country. While this may not be an issue currently. By legislating against it currently you can protect future generations of such a risk and take a defining role in what the makes your country different and provide leadership in a sustainable future.

Yours sincerely,

L Cussons


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