I Am Angry Today

Y’all know me…I believe in eating whole foods.
We raise our own meat animals.
We buy as ethically as we possibly can, as much as we can afford.
And we cook.
I believe in slow food.
Nose to tail cooking and eating.
Bone broth for daaaaays.
Long cooked soups and stews, homemade as much as possible.
Pressure canned jars of homegrown, or well grown, foods are our convenience foods.

My province, Manitoba, has the highest child poverty rates of all the provinces in Canada.
The Territories beat us out, and that has a lot to do with getting food into remote places, and people moving away from traditional foods and living off the land.
It is a huge point of shame in this country, in my province, that there are children starving.
Not just missing a meal here and there, but outright starving.
And our province is “reforming” the education system…
Listen, kids **CAN’T** concentrate on learning when they haven’t eaten.
Got that??
Hungry kids don’t learn.

Anyways, food security is a drum I have been banging for years…

Today, one of the local rescues made a post about chickens from a commercial chicken barn.
Here’s the link…

https://www.facebook.com/thegoodplacemb/posts/938191546917607

Go read it.
Then come back and read my thoughts.
If you dare.

Listen, I get farmers are running a business.
But folks, let’s be 100% honest here…
If we’re going to use animals, it is our responsibility to use them humanely, and to not waste them.
Animal proteins are nutrient dense, they’re good for us, and they are a part of a healthy diet for many.
But cruelty?
Waste?
Throwing perfectly edible birds in the fucking dump?
Not so fucking much.

This practice, this cull, is 100% about money.
The hens are culled as rate of lay drops, and new hens are brought in.
All out, then all in.
So if a barn has a thousand birds, a thousand birds go out before the next thousand come in.
But what happens to the old thousand is the problem.
Some barns sell to small farmers like me.
But this? What’s outlined in the link?
Happens more often than not.
That. Is. Bullshit.

So here we have thousands of birds killed and thrown in the garbage.
Why aren’t they being processed?
Why aren’t they being distributed to those who need food?
Remember, highest child poverty rate in the provinces.
As of Janurary 2020, 27.9% of Manitoba children are living in poverty.
Guess what?
Those kids aren’t getting enough food.
Y’know what could solve that problem??
FOOD.

*sigh*

But it’s the money, right?
It costs money to process those birds into an edible product for humans.
It’s more “cost efficient” to throw the birds in the fucking garbage than to feed people with them.
And if that doesn’t make people angry, then there’s a big goddamn fucking problem.

Farmers have to buy into quota for eggs.
So, make one of the conditions that in order to buy egg quota, they have to have a processing plan or facility in place for the all out time of year.
Farmers have to have a plan in place for manure management.
They’re supposed to have a plan in place for deadstock.
Why the fuck isn’t there a plan in place for whole barn turnover???
And why the fuck are we the people not holding them responsible for having one?

There is no excuse for this.
There is no excuse for hungry children.
See?
These 2 can be beneficial to each other.
Do not tell me that the best way to dispose of these birds is to leave them rotting in a landfill…
While people go to bed hungry.
While people in Canada starve.
While children starve.

That’s bullshit.
That’s lazy.
That’s crap.

Manitoba Egg Producers need to simply fucking do better.

And people, stop buying cheaply produced food products.
I know it’s hard.
Because there’s all too often not enough money left at the end of the month to eat well.
But seriously people, that’s where slow cooking, nose to tail eating comes in.
With crock pots, instapots in darn near every home these days, fast foods, processed foods, easy from the freezer foods should be a thing of the past.
It’s not hard to cook food.
Really.
I promise…it’s not!
And, if you have older hens like these one in the link, they make such a rich flavorful, healthy soup!
We have to get away from the idea that food is so easy to waste.
Honest to Dog, you want to do something to help climate change?
Stop. Wasting. Food.

But…that’s a whole different issue that demands it’s own blog post on another day.

6 thoughts on “I Am Angry Today

  1. Re-Farmer says:

    One thought, and it may not relate to this particular, disgusting, case at all. There are so many regulatory hurdles when it comes to fresh food, it may not be feasible to try and donate it. Particularly at a time when processing plants and distribution centers are so short on staff.

    I used to work for a conference center, as a banquet server. Early on, seeing the massive amounts of excess food after an event, I asked a supervisor what happened to it. I was shocked to hear it was all thrown away. They couldn’t let staff take it home: against health regulations. They dried donating it to the food bank. Everything had to be packaged in particular ways, everything kept separate, the kitchen staff worked overtime to follow all the rules, the food bank had to use a refrigerated truck to pick it up and… they never showed up. It all got thrown away, anyhow. Because, health regulations. After they never showed up, time after time, the conference center gave up, and just threw it all away *before* spending hours packaging it up in take-out containers.

    I don’t know if these were provincial or federal regulations, or if there’s crossover between the two, but it might be part of the equation.

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    • WolfSong says:

      Thing is, this isn’t new.
      This has been going on in the Manitoba egg industry for years.
      Our first hens were ex-battery hens that someone convinced a barn owner to sell instead of dispose of.

      This is industry standard, and it has to do with the money.
      No one wants to pay for processing.
      It’s just that simple.
      It’s more economical to throw them away.
      Just like it’s more economical to get rid of them at first molt than to feed them through the molt to next round of laying, because instead of 100% lay, they go down to 85-90% lay.
      So some birds aren’t popping out an egg every day, but every other day.

      Which is why if the egg board made a feasible disposal plan a part of quota, instead of gassing and sending to the dump, then there’s no reason why processed frozen soup hens couldn’t be donated or sold cheap.

      I guarantee if the egg board actually reached out to some sectors of Manitobans, they would be able to find people who would happily take the hens to use as food…but…that would mean a smaller market share for the broiler raisers, which would make them unhappy.
      It’s all about the money.
      Birds and hungry people never factor into the boards’ decision making.

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  2. Sandee says:

    I’m at a loss for words. I can’t imagine letting folks go hungry when they are tossing out tons of food. I can’t imagine. What a shame.

    Have a fabulous day, my friend. ♥

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  3. thorn says:

    inhumane, disgusting, sad, wasteful.

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  4. anne leueen says:

    Disgraceful and I cannot understand it. And children starving in Canada!! Whaaaat? that is just not acceptable. I share your fury and distress over this.

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