Support the Bastrop Cattle Company Processing Plant Campaign
It can be eye-opening when you start researching where your steak comes from.
Living in a society with a large industrial food system, it’s easy to not know. You can go to the grocery store and buy meat that’s nicely cut, processed and wrapped for your convenience.
What if we all took a step back and asked where the meat came from? That steak came from somewhere (something), right?
That is when things get interesting.
With an industrial food system comes factory farming. Unfortunately the main goals of industrial farming is to increase yields, with the animals being treated as commodities, not living creatures. This business model leads to inhumane treatment of animals, unhealthy working conditions and massive environmental impacts (researchers have put the annual cost of environmental damage caused by US industrial farming at 34.7 billion dollars.)
It’s important to us at in.gredients to source our meat from local ranchers. By having a relationship with them, we know that the animals are treated humanely, the workers make a livable wage, and the farmers are doing their part to be environmentally conscious.
Because of our belief in fair and humane farming practices, we are thrilled to hear that Bastrop Cattle Company has started a campaign to build their own processing plant. The plant would benefit the local community by creating 30 jobs while providing a place for other small producers to process meat. The plant would also be designed as a wastewater treatment facility allowing the reuse of water for irrigation.
Bastrop Cattle Company believes in transparency and has always been open with customers about how and where their beef comes from. The same holds true for this campaign. BCC will publish the budget for the project and detail how the funds generated will be used.
BCC is taking another step to bring local, sustainable agriculture back into the spotlight. This processing plant would be an investment to ensure that local foods-raised AND processed- are available in Central Texas.
That is a project we can get behind.
Take the time to research for yourself, and help out a great local business working towards change in our community.