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I Became a ‘Humane Farmer’ to Help Animals; I Should Have Gone Vegan

October 30, 2017

Gustaf Soderfeldt on his vegetable farm. Source Free From Harm

Source Free From Harm

I started out as a small scale “humane farmer” back in 2006. Farming grew out of my involvement with, and passion for, the whole “back-to-the-land,” “grow your own,” sustainable food movement.

I raised free range pigs, sheep, goats and chickens, and I opened a shop for local, organic foods that sold meat and vegetables from my farm, as well as from others nearby.

But while running the shop, my ideas around, and options for, “ethical meat” began to crumble. I soon realized that, because producing meat is as unnecessary as it is violent, ethical meat is an impossibility whenever it is possible to grow plentiful plant-based foods.

Too, more than anything, I believe my customers saw the local, organic, “ethical meat” and dairy labels as an excuse to continue eating all types of meat and animal products generally. And that is because, more than anything, humane labels still designate animal lives as so inherently inferior and existentially worthless that breeding, exploiting and killing them for completely unnecessary reasons can still be embraced, celebrated even, as “ethical” and “humane.”

It may sound funny to say, but I discovered veganism through YouTube, and it was there that I learned it was a healthy, viable option. My world as a small-scale, ethical meat producer was totally turned upside down. I closed the shop, stopped raising animals, and became active in the vegan community. Now, together with my spouse Caroline, I run the farm totally veganically [without animal manure, blood or bones, or any other animal inputs].

Please read more HERE

every little tip toe
every step
every way
our ranks are
swelling with
every day!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson


5 Comments leave one →
  1. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    October 30, 2017 7:57 am

    every little tip toe
    every step
    every way
    our ranks are
    swelling with
    every day!

    Liked by 2 people

  2. October 30, 2017 10:14 am

    I love hearing stories like this! If you truly love animals, stop making excuses and start treating them humanely.

    Liked by 2 people

  3. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    October 30, 2017 11:31 am

    you are so very welcome sweet soul and thank you!


  4. January 7, 2018 8:03 am

    Thanks so much for sharing your journey. I love the conclusion you came to. Good luck on your ventures!


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