Eat more veal!

Bet you didn't expect that from me.  Either did I.  Fascinating story in today's Post:

This is not that veal: the mostly flavorless meat from calves
raised in crates so small they can't turn around. Humanely raised veal
— sometimes called pasture-raised, sometimes called rose veal because
of its color — comes from calves that drank their mother's milk and
ate pasture grass. Its producers argue that if male calves, an
otherwise useless byproduct of the dairy industry, are not ethically
raised for meat, they are sold to less-humane veal producers or
destroyed. 

And this paragraph really got to me:

Most important, dairy cows must give birth to provide milk. Their male
calves are unsuitable for beef production and too costly to keep on the
farm. "It's a resource that needs to be utilized," said Nancy
Pritchard, who raises calves at Smith Meadows Farm in Berryville, Va.
Or to put it more bluntly, as producer Sandy Miller of Painted Hand
Farm in Newburg, Pa., does: If you consume dairy, you should eat veal.

I've never knowingly had any veal, but I think I'm going to have to try and find the humane variety.

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About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

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