Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Dr. Temple Grandin

Hidden Trauma in Your Food!
~ Gwilda Wiyaka ~
There is increasing evidence that trauma and adrenaline saturate the meat wrapped in pristine cellophane in our supermarkets. Few of us suspect or understand the suffering animals endure due to inhumane handling and butchering practices.

Just because humans must kill to survive does not require being callous and brutal in the process. Mutual respect, honoring, and gentle handling of those who sacrifice that we may live is paramount for our personal health and wellbeing. Gratitude for both the plants and animals that sustain us not only honors the circle of life, but reduces trauma and supports all involved. 

It would be interesting to know how much of the stress, fear and aggression we see in the world results from the way our food – both plants and animalsis disrespected, abused and traumatized. After all, we are what we eat.

Clearly an evolutionary approach is in order.

With us to delve into the animal portion of this dilemma and hopefully offer some innovative solutions is Dr. Temple Grandin. Dr Grandin is a Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University, with a Ph.D in Animal Science from the University of Illinois. A designer of livestock handling facilities, her systems are used worldwide. Her writings on the “flight zone” and other principles of grazing animal behavior have helped many reduce stress on their animals during handling.
 Temple is a prolific author with three books on the New York Times best seller list. Her life story has been made into an HBO movie which won seven Emmy awards and a Golden Globe. Dr. Grandin was inducted into The Women's Hall of Fame and in 2018 made a Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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