I have a greater empathy and awareness of how animals are treated. I can appreciate how my food is produced. I can say this honestly after reading The Accidental Farmers. Grain contains dung that cows eat. This cow is processed into the beef I eat. This is the kind of knowledge that makes this book so valuable. Farming is challenging but rewarding work. That feeling is captured well in the pages of this book.
Tim Young provides insight into how pigs and chickens could be treated and processed or killed more humanely. The goal of Nature Harmony Farm is to have every animal live the life nature intended for them. This is an idea that food producers should follow. I learned many new things from this book.
Chicken and other birds can get respiratory problems and die as a result. Mother pigs often lack the maturity to nurse their piglets causing them to die. This is all new news to me. It raises my empathy for animals even more. I do not think about these kinds of things when I eat. Young devotes a chapter that partially discusses how cheese is made. I learned that rennet is a protein that makes curdle and hard. This book contains entries from Nature's Harmony Farm Blog. This is written by Tim and his wife Liz. I enjoyed reading one blog entry in which Liz Young details how to make butter. Tim and Liz Young are perfect examples of what it means to be completely self sufficient. I can strive to eat less processed food and more locally grown food. This book contains no photos of animals. It is fun visualizing them in my mind though. There are discussion questions at the end of this book. They really help me reflect on what I read. The Accidental Farmers is a fascinating and informative book.
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