Free-Market Meat

Some thoughts on the tradeoffs with animal cruelty. I would love to get pork in a cruelty-free way, and I’d vastly prefer factory-manufactured steak and bacon, if it was indistinguishable in every way from that obtained by killing cattle and pigs.

[Update a while later]

This seems related, somehow: Vegan “pork” rinds.

I disagree with this, though:

Apparently, the gourmands have discovered pork rinds. Yes, the deep-fried, not at all good for you, salt-laden, very high fat, treat found rarely if ever outside the US South or (as chicharones) where there is a sizeable Mexican consumer pool.

They’re actually quite keto, because low carb (close to zero). There’s nothing wrong with high fat, as long as it’s not seed oils.

6 thoughts on “Free-Market Meat”

  1. You can see first-hand Temple Grandin’s efforts in this area on the meatnewsnetwork channel on Youtube. Shows the whole process for each type of animal – and the many innovations to keep them from being distressed. What many of the city folk don’t understand is that if an animal is distressed before it dies it can result in meat quality problems. And the crowding is not cruel either – many of the animals do it by choice even within the pens. It is in the interest of farmers and slaughterhouses to not be cruel. Most of the opposition to current practices comes from ignorance.

    1. What many of the city folk don’t understand is that if an animal is distressed before it dies it can result in meat quality problems.

      Yes, one would think so. Some chefs recommend letting lobsters swim around in cheap champagne before boiling for that reason.

  2. “You can see first-hand Temple Grandin’s efforts in this area on the meatnewsnetwork channel on Youtube. Shows the whole process for each type of animal – and the many innovations to keep them from being distressed.”

    This sounds fascinating, thanks. I need to find and watch these videos but if I learn that animals are happier than I had thought, that will be good.

    1. The documentary about her is worth a watch too. She’s one of the most accomplished autistic persons out there – well, likely one of the most famous. If you don’t know about her, she’s revolutionized the slaughterhouse industry.

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