Updated: Feb 26, 2021
For those of you who know me well, you may be a little shocked about our decision to start a herd - considering I was a vegetarian for several years.
I get it. That’s confusing. For me, it was always ethical reasons to not eat meat. I didn’t want to play a part in harming the animals.
I guess what it comes down to is this: I had to listen to my body. I was veg for 3 years, until I was a few months pregnant with LF #1 and she REALLY wanted a chicken wing. Going forward, I felt like I wasn’t giving myself the proper nutritional balance as a vegetarian (not to say you can’t have that balance.. I 100% agree/believe that you can, I just wasn’t being successful with it) and it wasn’t just me I had to worry about anymore. I needed to think about the little baby depending on me for her development. I continued to eat meat, and my children do now as well. As they grow, we plan on fully and honestly educating them about what they’re eating and the processes involved. When they’re old enough, if they decide (on their own) that they don’t want to eat meat, then that will be their call and we will fully support it.
Until then, we will be purchasing beef/other meat, which we typically get from the grocery store. Who knows what kinds of lives these animals had? We want to be able to raise our own cattle - knowing where it’s been, what’s been put into it, and how happy + healthy their lives were.
It’s easy to plead ignorance. You might say “I would never be able to send them to slaughter” and then crush a Big Mac without hesitation. I’ve been there! In fact that was my main reason of becoming vegetarian all those years ago... I wanted to open my eyes to what was involved in the meat industry, and to finally stop pretending it wasn’t happening just to make myself feel better about it. Like I said, I’ve been there. I’m still there. Struggling to make sure I’m making the best decision for my family, while still honouring my own personal ethical values and boundaries.
So yeah, my moral compass is flipping back and forth a little bit these days, and this is certainly not a situation I thought I’d be in if you asked me 4 years ago, but life is all about change + growth.
Education + accountability is also very important to us, and right now, for me and my family, what that looks like is raising our own beef cattle, giving them the best life we can, and then respecting, acknowledging and appreciating every single step of the process of bringing our farm to the table.