We have been very blessed with food this year. As I clean deer that hunters have brought us I think of all the people it could feed. There are so many people that go hungry needlessly with the number of sports hunters out there. Thankfully, some of them refuse to kill anything that won’t be eaten, yet they do not want to go to all the work to clean and process the meat for someone else, so you have to be willing to do the job yourself. It is unfortunate in our country that so few people are even willing to eat wild game, much less clean and process it themselves. Even just the bones can provide nutrition for a family in the form of broth/stock with just a little water and a few cheap vegetables, and there is no wild, gamey taste.
Here is something that has shocked me: my husband has had a number of people tell him we are gross for even eating the meat, much less cleaning it or touching it. People think less of us, even commenting that they would never eat something nasty like that. After all, they only want to eat good meat from a package in the store. Yet, what so many don’t understand, is the state of the livestock they are getting in the stores. The antibiotics and growth hormones, the genetically engineered feed, the filthy conditions, etcetera. Doctors tell people not to eat red meat, and of course chicken in moderation because it’s not really good for you either. It’s interesting that if you eat wild game many health conditions can improve and shock doctors. Blood pressure, cholesterol, heart disease, they all respond to eating wild game. I would say many of our health problems stem from these high-priced, packaged foods on supermarket shelves, and it saddens me. It hurts to see children who’s parents are told not to give them fats like whole (much less raw) milk, butter, coconut oil, palm oil, and organ meats that are rich in vitamins. No, instead give your child sandwiches and cheerios, lunch meats and soy cheese. Feed your child “healthful” fat’s like canola oil, margarine, and shortening. Give them foods with artificial colors, and artificial flavors, and sugar in everything. Give your baby cereal in his formula, and baby foods that have no enzymes left for digestion. So few people realize that if they spend more of their money on good, filling, healthful foods they will spend less on food in the long run (ever eaten an entire box of cereal because you can’t get full on air?) and less on doctor visits. You will not see the ADD, digestive disorders, behavior issues, blood pressure and heart disease issues, and the like as much with better diet. For all we have achieved in medicine, you would think people would live longer and better, but it is not the case. And there is so much opposition to those that try to make better choices and who try to teach others why it works that people are afraid. Farms with milk shares get raided, farm to plate dinners get targeted by “health departments”, growers of heirloom plants can be treated as drug lords. It sickens me. And I can’t help thinking about it and feeling trapped, caged into conforming or becoming the enemy.
Still, for our family, we fight back! It’s a lot of work to keep goats, chickens, and rabbits. It’s exhausting in today’s sportsman’s paradise, where deer can only be taken for a few weeks instead of as needed, to clean and package all that meat and can the bone stocks. It’s hard to offer people food in your home that you have worked hard for and have them think less of you because you eat it. Still, there are others that want to learn. There are those that ask questions and want to help so they can do these things for themselves. They are willing to give up things like convenience, time, energy and the like to raise and prepare good food. They are willing to try new things. These are the people that will be ready when disaster strikes. They will have skills most have thought forgotten. When income is scarce, these people will have food to eat and clothes to wear. It may not be a grand way to live by our societies standards, but it is good. What a blessing are hands that are willing to work for the good things 🙂