Is organic sustainable?
Given several insightful responses to this post, I have corrected my misconception that organic = humanely raised. Most often it does not and I shouldn’t use the terms interchangeably.
The other day I had a very heated conversation with an individual who found the concept of eating humanely-raised animals hypocritical and stupid (I’m paraphrasing, as his choice of words was much more colorful and much less appropriate). It was akin to another angry conversation with a chef at a German restaurant in San Jose, who furiously berated my choice to choose humanely-raised and just like the German chef, this individual had two basic points:
- Organic farming (i.e. humanely raised animals) can’t feed the world
- If you care so much about animals then don’t eat them, but if you’re going to kill them anyways, who cares how they lived
I strongly disagree on both!