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    Posted February 24, 2014 by
    Atlanta, Georgia
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Do you eat ethically?

    Atlanta Ethical Eats

    Eating ethically has become a huge part of my life. Several years ago I watched the documentary Food Inc. It shocked me to the core and opened my eyes to the horrors of factory farming and the reality for farmers in America. Not knowing exactly what to do, but knowing I had to do something, I became a vegetarian and continued researching and learning about our food system. Slowly, I started realizing that I could eat meat as long as I did it ethically. Through my research, I learned definitions of the word “grass-fed” and “pasture raised” and how many companies use certain words to make consumers think they are buying a higher quality product when they really aren’t. I looked up local Georgia farms such as White Oak Pastures (whose beef is now sold in Publix), Riverview Farms, Sweet Grass Dairy and many more.
    Knowing how much time and energy it takes to really do your research in order to eat ethically and that not everyone is willing to take that time, I knew I had to do something to share my knowledge with others. I decided to start a blog called “Atlanta Ethical Eats” (atlethicaleats.wordpress.com). My parents were very supportive of me, but they were skeptical about paying more money for their meat. Through reading my blog and learning the truth of how eating ethically is better for your health, the environment, the welfare of the animals and so much more, they were open to doing a blind taste test. I decided to give them one burger cooked from generic ground beef (corn-fed) and then one that was grass-fed cooked to the same temperature. Hands down they chose the grass-fed burger and couldn’t believe the difference in taste. Now, they buy nearly exclusively ethically raised meat.
    Many of my other friends see me asking waiters and waitresses at restaurants about where their meat and produce comes from and are starting to do the same. This past weekend, I volunteered at the Georgia Organics conference down in Jekyll Island and it was amazing to be around so many other people who share my ethics. This movement is gaining proponents every day and knowledge is key. Knowing and supporting local farmers is one of the best things we as Americans can do in order to cause a shift in our food system.

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