Writing a computer program, as Richard Stallman puts it, is like preparing food based on a recipe. He goes on to say that most of us who enjoy cooking often share our recipes with other people, who then, make their own modifications and pass it on to other friends.
An analogy to explain the origins of open source programming, where the program code is accessible by other programmers and hackers – and just about anyone who has access to a computer.
In fact, Linus Torvalds went on to call his operating system, Linux, an organic effort – one which avoided the corporation-style proprietary software mentality that Microsoft exemplifies.
Look at the difference between the Linux and Windows operating system – the former giving its users a sense of being exclusive these day – much like heritage farming practices which is very old-school when it comes to rearing livestock on a meat farm. As opposed to Microsoft’s closed source mass production for-profit methods and the conventional way of farming for meat.
Meat Farm Mass Production – Literally Leading the Lambs to the Slaughter
In simpler times, it seemed as if people were actually better people, in probably all respects of life.
While sophistication is the sign of the times, thanks to the rapid expansion of technology, this new field (in comparison to agriculture) along with people taking capitalism to ridiculous lengths, has revised the goals of rearing livestock to only maximize the bottom line.
Industrial agriculture, they call it.
What does this mean for the animals who are, quite literally, lambs to the slaughter?
Lousy living conditions, to put it mildly. Of course, if we need the animals to grow much faster so as to increase production levels, and therefore meet the demands of consumers, you can be sure that the nourishment that they are being offered isn’t what old school farmers used to prepare for the livestock – there’s something more added to the mix.
Growth hormones and vitamin supplements, to be precise – with nasty implications for consumers.
Worse still is being crowded into pens while not being given room to breathe, so to speak, and allowing them to graze naturally. Yet again, we’re only touching the surface when it comes to modern practices of raising livestock, and which are not only detrimental to the consumer but also to the livestock themselves.
It can be, for all practical purposes, considered to be a meat farm, as cold as that sounds.
Of course, one shouldn’t blame it on developments in science and technology but actually the people who want to make a quick buck at the expense of everyone else involved.
Yes, they’re leading us lambs to the slaughter alright…
The Organic Farming Approach to Meat Farm Production
But there’s good news as well, as more and more farmers are returning to old school practices of rearing livestock the ‘natural’ way minus the supplements and crappy living conditions that are not even fit for any living creature.
They call it organic farming, much to the chagrin of the older folks who roll their eyes as they tell the younger ones how great things were in the “good old days”.
So, here’s a heads-up: money isn’t everything in the sense that it is hardly a substitute for your health, and probably the reason why you should switch to buying meat from folks who are known to practice old school methods (if only less profitable) in raising livestock.
Even if it means spending a little more for the meat that you buy for your family…
So, are there any changes that you’ve noticed in meat production ever since this shift in awareness? If so, please feel free to share.
Also, if you’re interested, here are some of the places where you can buy meat online.