By: Rob Larose, CEO & President of BioSafe Systems
I turned 60 years old in 2018 and for my entire adult life, I have been a meat eater. I have never given the slightest thought as to being anything other than a carnivore.
My father, from the time I was born, was trained as a microbiologist and worked in the poultry industry. I worked mostly in the environmental construction field but had a variety of jobs throughout the years. I fixed, repaired and constructed water and waste water plants and systems. I have also worked in the environmental remediation industry, cleaning up hazardous waste in both industrial and government sectors.
When I turned 40, I started a company with my father developing, manufacturing and marketing green, sustainable alternatives to toxic pesticides used in a variety of industries like agriculture, commercial horticulture and in-water treatment applications. Five years ago, our company decided to enter the meat and poultry market, providing sustainable solutions for both poultry processors as well as on-the-farm applications. Even then, I was still a happy carnivore.
Recently, I became aware of an extreme group of animal rights activists that were attacking our customers; right here in North America. Most animal rights activists work on creating better living conditions for farm raised animals, but some have become animal rights terrorists, misinformed about the marketplace and conducting criminal acts against farmers and processors.
There are bad apples in any industry and for sure, there have been some well documented acts of animal cruelty, not just part of the animal farming industry, but in general society. I assume there are many more cases of animal cruelty documented in general society than the animal farming community.
In my experience working in the animal farming community, 99 percent of farmers and their employees take exceedingly good care of their farm-raised animals. The reason is simple: when farms exist, without the animals in good health, they cannot be harvested for the optimal dollar amount. A sick or hurt dairy cow will not produce milk and a stressed angus cow and/or pig will not put on weight that produces the highest possible return on the farmers’ investment.
Some activists wish to stop animal farming all together and have not just some, but all of society become vegetarians. What would happen if overnight, all commercial animal farming was outlawed?
If the world depended on a vegetarian diet, the animals they are trying to save would starve. These animals have evolved over thousands of years by domestication and if production shut down, there would be no farmers to feed them. These farmers would have to raise high producing protein crops of beans to replace the cattle, pigs and chickens. A mass starvation of these domesticated animals would rival the extinction of the dinosaurs.
I dismiss this false narrative but do believe there is still a way to improve animal welfare and better raise the animals that help us coexist on this wonderful planet God has provided for us.