If I had the resources to do that, I would. I wouldn't be as strict as he was, though... I would allow some outside sources for things that my local area does not produce. I struggle daily with humanity's (and my own) disconnect with the natural world. When we no longer respect the price a sentient being paid for our survival or don't care that a price was paid, I think it's a red flag for the future of our planet and our own species. We're all connected. If you can kill an animal yourself humanely and eat it, go for it... I don't have a problem with the natural order of things and the food chain. But I'm not wired that way for some reason. Maybe it's because I'm a city girl and I just need to grow up, or maybe it's because there is truly something wrong with it and now that we have the scientific knowledge to live healthily without carnage, we should. With our understanding of the world and our level of intelligence comes responsibility. Whatever the reason, my hypothetical farm would likely have animals for dairy and egg products only.
My deep convictions don't change my actions very much though, and I'm always giving myself a guilt trip. I merely stick with eating fish 90% of the time.... eating local foods and ensuring humane care and slaughter of animals is really expensive if one does it all the time. Yeah, I'm a hypocrite. I'm still trying to figure out how to balance reality with what my idealistic pipe dream-prone side desires. Every time I start to accept that sometimes it's just the way things are, I am reminded of Ghandi...Be the change you wish to see in the world
and I get in a funk all over again.
Older people... tell me this passes with maturity and age. I'm 26, soon to be 27.
This post caught me on a day when I had been thinking about these issues. I had a prof that lived as a locavore (but he was raised Mennonite, so he had all the experience and knowledge needed to make it work... plus he has money) and I just saw him yesterday. Had some of his farm fresh eggs... mmm... nothing like it.