Debora was asked to write about a problem in her society providing a solution to the issue. Here she details her concerns about Spain’s current perception of production and consumption of farm animals.
I belong to a not very rich family who traditionally have had animals and grown vegetables as a way to maintain them. That is nothing extraordinaire in Galicia, where the most of the people older than 30 come from a family closely connected with the countryside areas. Many of us have been able to listen our parents talking about the the “those two cows” or “the little pig which was the only support of the family”. Even though those times of poverty are luckily passed, there was something positive in them: the relationship between humans and animals was, without hesitation, much more respectful than currently, probably due to the reciprocal necessity, and consequently the rearing of animals was more balanced and rational.
Nowadays, there are less and less people rearing chickens, pigs or cows, and the new production and consume systems have changed our traditional perception of the farm animals, turning into them in only meat. As a result, a new relationship between humans and animals has been established, in which there is not any respect or balance, and, up to a point I can see, this is another reason for considering humans the worst and more destructive species on our planet.
The supporters of this irrational and cruel food system argue that we need to increase more and more the production under the guise of we are too many people in the world and we couldn’t easily survive through the traditional model. Nevertheless, those who say to be extremely worried about the global nutrition are usually always allays of big companies, whose main purpose is not the world population’s welfare. Hunger is still a worrying problem in many regions of the planet, while in the many others people have been taught to overconsume and throw big excesses away as a routine.
What upsets me is seeing the human’s indiffeerence and meanness in this cruelty. If only we could realise the real meaning of throwing away an expired piece of meat or fish, it might help to paralyze this dishonest behaviour.
Only a rational system in the production and consume will be able to give us back the needed balance.