PanzerDivisionBOM: I'm currently working on your reply, but it takes much more thought, and time, not to mention the amount of information I'm finding and trying to work with, but it should be up pretty soon! Sorry for the inconvenience, I seemed to have missed it the first time around as well. Thanks for being so patient, m'dear.
I like to eat meat. Beef, pork, lamb, goat, chicken, I like and eat it all. I'm not about to give it up either. Beef, pork and chicken are bought from stores, the lamb/mutton and goats are raised on the farm I live on and butchered here. I like some vegetables, but I will not eat just that unless there is no meat at all to eat. (I'm including dog as a meat to eat).
Me and my family do not really recycle a lot, I'm not sure what we could recycle, since most of the garbage is plastic (milk jugs, containers), scraps of paper packaging, tinfoil, cans from vegetables and left over food. We have our own pump and own the water rights. We even put in a garden this year.
But we do use gas and deisel to power our equipment. The tractors, car, truck, lawnmower, baler. It all requires fuel. We also burn wood for heat in the winter. It's the easiest and cheapest method of heat for us. More effective too then propane/natural gas. What else we could I don't know. The house and farm are nearly a century old, so maintinance is constant on them. Buying new things is out of the question.
Well, to be truthful, I wasn't really sure about this reply. (I don't know if you're just informing me on your life and expecting me to reply to it...?) Let me start by saying I'm just giving my own personal opinions on the matter, so I hope you and no one else takes offense.
I'll admit that I take the occasional milk in my tea, and I crave things I know I shouldn't, but every once in a while... sadly, I give in. But us, being humans... we make mistakes, but we're able to change for the better, or even for the worse. We're aware of the abuse animals suffer... yet some of us act as if we aren't aware of it. If you
were on your deathbed, animal or not, you'd want to be treated fairly, wouldn't you? "If you're going to do it, at least do it right." That's something I'll say for the rest of my life, and I agree with it totally when it comes to animal produce. And sure, it's true... home farms can be different. They tend to take care of their animals better, because they acknowledge the fact that they need those animals to live. It depends on the person how the animals are raised, and I'd probably feel so much more comfortable if I knew the animal I was going to eat had a long, healthy life, and didn't suffer when it was killed. Wouldn't you?
...So, I just totally got the whole "I'm including dog as a meat." If you eat domesticated animals, something must be wrong. The emphasis in that sentence is domesticated
, meaning 'fitted to a domestic life.' I have a Yorkshire Terrier, whom I treat like family, because he qualifies as a member to me. Have you ever seen how animals can protect and care for their Masters? If you're sick, my Edgie is probably laying on your feet. If you go to the bathroom, he follows you in and waits. If you leave, even for five minutes, he's sitting in the window, waiting for you to come home. He'll literally wake you up in the morning, and shower you with dog kisses. My whole family loves him, and he loves them back... so why does he qualify as a 'meat' to you, may I ask?
(No, this is not my Edgie, because I'm not really comfortable showing him in the situation at hand. The point I'm trying to make here is: Could you hurt that? Kill that poor domesticated dog and eat him, for your own wants, which can sometimes be selfish? I s'pose the human race confuses me, why they'd do things of the sort to animals, especially ones they consider pets...)
On another note... I'm not too educated when it comes to things like tractors and lawnmowers, so I'm not going to reply to that. But, I'm sure if you looked hard enough, you could find ways to save money, and ways to recycle as well.