Farmville: Virtual life to reality!

Just yesterday Jenni and I took a road trip to Louisville, KY to watch a documentary film called “Forks over Knives.” This film focuses on the claim that most of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods. By NO means do I agree with the message that this film was trying to extend to those watching it. I enjoy my well-done T-bone steak just as much as the next meat lover to ever take it off my plate. While some of the facts and questions that were raised in this film were interesting and could possibly be valid, I can honestly say that the only thing that this farm girl took from the documentary is a greater appreciation of where my food comes from!

I have grown up on a farm where only homegrown beef, pork and chicken are served at the dinner table. I have had the joys of experiencing what it takes to raise beef cattle from bottle to butcher and it thrills me to know that there are others out there that are making the effort to grasp a better understanding of the trying job. Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook, recently announced that he will only be eating the meat from animals that he has killed himself. He stated  "I think many people forget that a living being has to die for you to eat meat, so my goal revolves around not letting myself forget that and being thankful for what I have. … So far, this has been a good experience. I’m eating a lot healthier foods and I’ve learned a lot about sustainable farming and the raising of animals." 

Ok, so I get that it takes more than just the slice of a knife across the neck of a pig to get the full experience of living the wonderful farm life of waking up at sunrise to feed the 1,000 head of cattle screaming with hunger. But hey, now he can say he has actually touched an animal rather than clicking one the game Farmville. If only we could get half of the people in the virtual world of Facebook to follow their leaders footsteps and become inspired to become educated…but what am I saying we aren’t living in a dream world.  

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