My family avoids most pork in our busy lives but the problem is bacon. What can I say, we tried all the substitutes and ...well at least we are trying. Please don't hate us. Bacon lovers ARE dog lovers too. I have had dogs all my life and I am well aware that means that the pigs are well aware of their blight in life. Just typing that and rereading it ... Yup, ok. NO more bacon, again. (and so the struggle, for all bacon lovers, continues.)
In Canada, we have a Pork Council that acts to regulate the supply of pork from the farms to meet domestic and international demands. To sell pork through the Council, each farm must register with the CQA government inspection program that ensures Canada's high quality standards. This includes registration in the ACA animal care assessment program.
http://www.cqa-aqc.com/aca/resources-manual-e.php - The Government view
THIS IS A COPY FROM THE ABOVE LINK:
The swine industry in Canada acknowledges that the use of the gestation stall is not acceptable to some of the Canadian public. However, until a sustainable, animal–welfare friendly alternative is available to producers, sows will continue to be housed in stalls. Therefore, this assessment will include the measure of the welfare of these animals under current conditions. The industry is working with researchers and producers to develop sustainable alternatives to the gestation stall.
I BEG YOU TO WATCH THIS AND MAKE YOUR OWN DECISIONS THAT ARE RIGHT FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. HAVE YOUR FAMILY WATCH TOO SO THEY CAN DECIDE AS WELL.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYBkroIcYnQ - The Reality
My two cents on this is short and sweet this week. I already promised to try hard to avoid bacon and now its your turn to watch the above video and take a look at the SPCA documentation.
I am still having trouble sitting at my desk for long but I will work a little more each day.
I would like to look at Bread next week.
EAT WELL FROM LOCAL FARMS TILL THEN MY FRIENDS.
I will work on adding more links for the local farmers markets this week to our main blog site on Valentinossmokinsalmon.com