ALDERSYDE FARM • TARKASTAD VELD REARED MUTTON • ORIGIN OF THE KAROO
We welcome a new supplier to Terra Madre this week.
‘Reared and raised on the open veld and ethically processed. We live by our principles and take a hands on approach to every step of the process making sure you know where your meat comes from. Our story is one of 4 generations of sheep farmers who understand that the best meat comes from the happiest animals’
Please read the wonderful article by Debbie Logan, owner of Organic Emporium on Aldersyde Farm
Not only are conventional farming methods inhumane, they also are a breeding ground for harmful bacteria. These harmful bacteria are passed on through feces of infected animals. Food, water, and vegetables can carry these bacteria when exposed to unhygienic conditions. Due to the conventional ways of farming today, our food is in high risk of these bacteria. PETA has exposed conventional farming where animals are kept and grown. They are contained in closed and controlled areas such as pens and cages that become their permanent homes. Each cage fits 4-5 chickens that restrict them from movement due to its small capacity, exposing them to fecal matter of diseased chickens. Pigs are kept in pens where there is not enough space to move, and their area of sleeping is also their area defecating. The products of conventional farming are sold commercially and food irradiation reduces the chances of the widespread of bacteria found in these contaminated food.
Food irradiation serves its purpose in killing bacteria such as E. coli and salmonella. However it is clear that bad management in farms are the main causes for these food-borne diseases and has been the issue from the start. We must address to this issue rather than to hide the truth, which is concealed by bacteria eliminating radiation.
Organic farming practices good farm management that effectively avoids their produce from being tainted with salmonella and E. coli. Free-range farming is one method that allows livestock to roam in wide spaces that allows them to act in their natural behaviour. These animals are not restrained to dwell to in a single space; therefore the chances of animals being infected by the fecal of others are reduced. We advice that people should buy free-range meat to avoid any increased risks that comes with commercially sold meat.
– Look for meat that is labeled with “free-range” and “organic” in its packaging.
– Ask your local grocery if their meat from farms is free-ranged.
– Buy only from reliable sources, some factories label products “free-range”, but fed with
– Buy only eggs from free-range chickens.
Photo from: http://advocacy.britannica.com/blog/advocacy/2007/05/the-difficult-lives-and-deaths-of-factory-farmed-chickens/
Some of our Australops Hendrick and Saartjie roaming around the garden.