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  1. Diane
    December 19, 2017 @ 1:37 pm

    Guess what!? Living will kill you!


  2. Connie - Tails from the Foster Kittens
    December 19, 2017 @ 1:38 pm

    It is mind boggling how much we do not know about human health and yet “experts” stand up and spout certainties about what is healthy and what isn’t.. like eggs.. they were, they weren’t, they were, and then they weren’t.. I forget where “they” fall on those these days. Heck, we just figured out what the appendix does last year.. I can’t wait to see what we ‘know’ about nutrition in the upcoming decades..

    But all that being said, yes, CAFO is horrific.. not only because of the environmental issues, and the horrid meat products it makes from the poorly fed animals who are given whatever left overs can be scrounged to save money, but because we confine (the C in CAFO) animals in inhumane cages. It needs to end.


  3. Linda Hill
    December 19, 2017 @ 1:52 pm

    Moderation, while not being the answer, will definitely serve you well in life. Big meat eaters, over exercisers, diets, cleansing, too much stress, and the list can go on and on will all cause disease.
    And don’t get me started on veggies and fruits etc—organic? Grow up around orchards that have been sprayed for years–all now absorbed by the centuries in the soil!
    Merry Christmas and bah humbug to this post.


  4. Lori
    December 19, 2017 @ 2:09 pm

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!! Thank you for looking up all of those ridiculous products that were once thought to be safe! You are not even mentioning the terrible conditions that these poor animals endure for their entire lives, until they are mercilessly murdered. 🙁 Thank you for speaking out! I love your blog! Keep them coming!!!


  5. Mary
    December 19, 2017 @ 2:27 pm

    Well, I have always loved your blog. But please keep your posts on kittens and Decor. You are cute and zany but please come down off your high horse. Not everyone thinks the way you do. Darling Lily is the only reply that is worth reading. The others are just sheep following the new “in” things the liberals have to offer. Please don’t prosletyze on matters that you are not totally informed about. Yes, there is much wrong with our health care system, including insurance, lobbyists and big pharma. But I’ll take this country’s healthcare over socialized medicine. Why do so many people come here for superior care? And have you compared waiting times for MRI’s, surgeries, etc c in England or Canada? And trust me, you will be getting socialized medicine unfortunately. It’s just a matter of time. Then you won’t have to worry about people eating bacon. The government will take it away as well as many other choices we make now. It’s called government control.
    BTW. If we should have socialized medicine, what about socialized groceries, and housing and…. never ending.


    • judy
      December 20, 2017 @ 11:42 am

      I understand your right to reject the points expressed but not the order to keep the writing light and fluffy.

      It’s akin to insisting that the local library carry only books that appeal to you or insisting that sports broadcasts be included or excluded because you love or don’t love them. AnyHoo just my HO. I just hate to see a nice person doing the very best she can to present some info that readers can take or leave feel that she has offended a reader.
      And where is it written that a writer must stay within a limited topic?


  6. Susan
    December 19, 2017 @ 2:42 pm

    I’m mainly a paleo diet kinda gal. Meat Dairy and grains are my main food groups. So yep I’ll die earlier than some. I’m ok with that.
    As for bacon being a reason to having a range hood….. even though I know this isn’t the reason behind the post…. make it in the oven instead.


  7. Abby Bean
    December 19, 2017 @ 3:35 pm

    Hallelujah! And to the people commenting that you can’t give up bacon? You can and you should. Animals are not here for us to use.


  8. Callie
    December 19, 2017 @ 3:58 pm

    Great post! Ha, love the vintage ads! And the point you’re making is so legitimate. I was a pescatarian for a number of years and can make some pretty creative and delicious bacon by sauting smoked salmon in a little olive oil – yum!! Except then I feel sad for overfishing our salmon. And the plastic that we ingest from eating fish…Sigh. I’m thinking that my new years resolution is going to be reducing my plastic footprint: for starters, using zero disposable/recyclable plastic water bottles this year. One step at a time.


  9. Chelley
    December 19, 2017 @ 5:53 pm

    Gas cooktop, downdraft ventilation and my house still smells like bacon. Don’t get the hood.


  10. Elena
    December 19, 2017 @ 6:09 pm

    “… there is also the cost of the health-consequences suffered by the segments of our population who MOST rely on this crappy food… their medical care is ALSO our tax burden!”

    How do you know these “segments” of the population aren’t readers of your blog? Why would you choose to frame this as a “them” vs. “us” issue?

    As a vegetarian for 26 years, I am no fan of bacon. But I hate an elitist attitude even more.


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      December 19, 2017 @ 8:30 pm

      That is terribly worded. Thank you for bringing it to my attention.

      Originally I had a paragraph above it, about children living in poverty. And how a poor diet is yet another hurdle for them… and how those children become ill adults. A cycle that benefits blah blah blah… and is all funded with our taxes— we are essentially paying for our own ill health… I ended up removing it, and now I see without context I needed to rewrite.

      When I edit something endlessly, my brain does not process my words the same way as when I am thinking them the first time!



  11. Shannon
    December 19, 2017 @ 7:14 pm

    It totally cracked me up that Google peppered this post with potato chip ads…..ROFL


  12. Ruby’s mom
    December 19, 2017 @ 7:45 pm

    I shouldn’t even comment but here I am, throwing in my 2 cents.
    It sickens me when the argument over bacon is because it tastes good?
    Really? So what!
    There are so many things to eat but people still insist on being so selfish and cruel.
    How narcissistic are these people that they have no compassion for another living creature?
    All that matters to them apparently are their taste buds and full belly’s.
    It’s a fact that pigs are smarter than most dogs and most dogs are as smart as the average 2 year old child.
    I suppose if these people decided that dogs were tasty, they’d be lined up at the animal shelters because their satisfaction and gluttony is more important than another living being.
    I guess the only up-side to it is that eventually this heartlessness will kill them.
    Thanks for this brave educational post.


  13. Olwyn
    December 19, 2017 @ 8:19 pm

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for this post Victoria! I love your commitment, passion, research, energy, core values and love of life! This is a marvellous post – timely – and so honours all our fellow travellers (the rest of the animal kingdom) at this celebratory season of peace and love for all sentient beings!


  14. barbara
    December 19, 2017 @ 10:07 pm

    Your best post yet!


  15. Laura
    December 20, 2017 @ 12:46 am

    Victoria, thank you for posting this! Netflix has a new 6 part show starting January 5th that focuses on corruption in the food industry that you may be interested in watching. It is called Rotten. I don’t cook so I can’t respond to your question about the stove hood but I completely support you in the NO BACON Revolution! Stay hungry my friend and eat your vegetables!


  16. Marlena
    December 20, 2017 @ 4:05 am

    So wow, LOVE this post! I am 50 years old and grew up in a vegetarian household back when it was only crazy hippies that were vegetarian… and when I say vegetarian I mean NO meat or fish! We were lacto-ovo vegetarians. My mom baked with eggs and we had them occasionally for breakfast but otherwise totally vege. My mom was spiralizing zucchini way before that was a thing. She was WAY ahead of her time. When I got pregnant with my daughter I found it difficult to not be anemic without meat so a couple of times a month we would have beef. However , I live in Switzerland and have access to very good quality farm raised beef and when I go to the butcher they have a sign that says which farm it was raised at and is certified organically fed! That said the nay thing I have never been able to stomach is pork meat! Pigs are just not a clean animal to eat and if you look at their diet the will eat almost anything! Which brings to mind the saying “ you are what you eat.” So I totally get where you are coming from. Also, I miss your posts about your garden and what you do to preserve your produce. Any chance you might add some of your recipes to your blog???


  17. S Roche
    December 20, 2017 @ 7:51 am

    I just came to get a good laugh at a GFT story, maybe see a cute kitten video, and just to relieve a little Christmas Rush stress…..sorry it has turned so preachy and political….Oh, and btw…Sugar will kill you a lot faster than bacon will.


  18. Lani
    December 20, 2017 @ 7:52 am

    You don’t need a range hood for bacon anyway. It tastes better when baked in the oven on a broiler tray.
    Healthy 5’5″ 125lb. (37yo) farmer chick who can lift and carry 150 lbs. for miles (cool antiques included) and eats a mostly plant based diet but NEEDS some bacon now and then 😉


  19. Laurie (Lucy's mom)
    December 20, 2017 @ 8:07 am

    Victoria, thank you for sharing your passion with us. I loved your post. I am a relatively new vegan (two and a half months) committed to this lifestyle for my health and the planet.


  20. Diana C.
    December 20, 2017 @ 9:24 am

    Hmmm… this was definitely not what I signed up for. Love BACON in any form except burned, and pretty much any other pork product that others swear is bad for me. Love my veggies, even if they are GMO. Adore cheese and heavy cream, and I’m sure some will say dairy is terrible for you. Love my wine, which goes especially well with Cheetoes, which cures the blues every time. In fact, this combo may replace anti-depressants soon. Love sugar; even though it is literally poison in the body. All these “bad things” taste good, and that’s the key ingredient to enjoying what you eat. Result is I am happy while on earth; but if I go to Heaven a little sooner than the next person, well, it’s a win/win. I’ll greet you when you get there.

    Love my kittens (thank you for encouraging fostering, which was the final push I needed). Love my husband, who moves all the junk I drag home from yard sales and Craigslist. Love Jesus, who paid my way to Heaven. Love my private healthcare; not willing to hand over the decision of what doctor and hospital I use, to anyone, much less some government bureaucrat in a political system run by big donors and lobbyists. Love my President since he is exactly what I prayed for, but couldn’t imagine someone that perfectly suited to the job even existed. Love our military and law enforcement officers who keep us free and safe. Love you and your giant fancy things that I wish I had found first! I LOVE EVERYTHING!!!

    Merry Christmas and Happy and Blessed New Year!


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