STILL not Alice
Most can't tell the difference? What? It's pretty darn obvious, unless the store egg is "pasture raised."Store eggs are cheaper that feed and your time. Most people cant tell the difference between home eggs and store eggs. Now my city kids sold fresh eggs at $12 a dozen from 8 Baltimore city back yard hens. Tells you something about city people i guess.
In a word...CAFOs are here to stay---you can complain all you want, but there are not enough farmers in the world to feed our population without them. Conditions vary from one CAFO to another, but they all use essentially the same methods adapted to the animals they feed. Pigs at the sale barns here sometimes bring very little because only a few now know how to feed or butcher. Cattle almost all go to feed lots now--There are local butchers, but I have noticed that if you use one of them you pay far more for your beef/pork than if you buy at a good store. I know of only one man who can do his own butchering, and he has invested in a big walk in cooler. He grew up in Alaska, so he learned to butcher at home.
Attributing human characteristics to animals, such as "personality" is a common thing with people who do not have to deal with survival---dogs, cats, chickens were once "farm tools" and food rather than pets. My wife has ensured the safety of some of my geese by naming them and talking to them so that they turn and look at her when she addresses them. She thinks they "know" her when in fact all they notice is that she is looking directly at them as would a predator.
Belly aching about the state of the world does no good. If you cannot eat store-bougjhten foods, go to the country and raise your own---and live with the vagaries of weather, animals, feed prices and fortune. I have noticed that corn is way up this year---almost twenty cents per pound here.
LOL!Dealing with opinionated people of little expertise has been my life work. Opinion unsupported by fact is worthless. If you have some data to suggest that we could feed this country and export food as we do without CAFO's,. PONY IT UP!!!!! We dp mpt even have enough people on farms, large or small, to do what you suggest.