When devising feed additives for farms, there’s one thing you always have to keep in mind. No matter how wonderfully you boost the health of those animals, if the Stuff costs more than the extra profit to the farm, the farmer won’t buy it.
Farms are not there to make the countryside pretty. They are businesses, and as in any business, if it costs more to produce what you produce than you’ll get back by selling the product, the business will die. Farmers are concerned about the health of their animals, certainly, but a feed additive that means they’ll make a loss on their work is no use. Soon they’ll have no animals and no farm.
It’s simple economics and yes, it does mean that the animals only exist to support the farm. If the farm goes under, the animals are not set free. They are all shipped off to the abbatoir. I’m afraid the Veggie dream of saving all farm animals by not eating them is just a dream. Stop eating pork today, and there will not be a living pig in the UK by the end of the week. Breeding animals will be shipped overseas, as will the meat from the remaining slaughtered animals. If everyone stopped eating meat, every single farm animal will die. Every one.
It sounds callous but the reality isn’t. Well, not always, there are shitty farms but they do get inspected and they do get closed down. Farmers who take care of their animals find that they need less veterinary attention, grow faster and are less prone to disease. So on the whole, farmers look after their stock very well.
This does mean that the animals don’t get any say in what they eat or drink and have to submit to regular health checks to make sure they haven’t caught anything nasty. But you’re going to eat those animals. If you’re vegetarian, you might include eggs, cheese, milk etc in your diet. You aren’t going to object to vaccinating animals against Salmonella so it doesn’t come crawling out of your eggs, nor will you object to removing a diseased dairy cow from the herd. Neither would I. It’s common sense. One diseased cow can contaminate a tanker-load of milk, after all.
You wouldn’t want to be a farm animal though, would you? Go where you’re told, eat what you’re given, live your life under total control, never explore, never see any of the world beyond your field or your shed, never deviate from the herd, exist solely for the benefit of the farm. It’s better than being dead but it’s not a wonderful life.
It sounds a bit like this, doesn’t it –
President of the European Men’s Health Forum Dr Ian Banks says: ‘This is not just about health. Premature male death undermines the economy, undermines families, undermines women and their health and undermines our social security and health services.
‘Europe will have far fewer men of working age in the years to come so if we’re to succeed economically we need them to be in decent health.’
No, it’s not just about health. We all know by now that none of it ever really was. It’s all about productivity. They have to keep us all healthy so we’ll produce for them. We exist only for the benefit of the economy. Just like on the farm.
And when we are no longer productive, we are no longer of any interest to the farmer. If he has room he might leave us to die of old age or of cold in a field. If not, well…
Don’t see the connection? Okay, just settle down in your pen and don’t worry about it. It’ll soon be feeding time.