Not the other white meat

We visit Veritas Farms, 120 acres in New Paltz, N.Y. The animals are happy, healthy and tasty.

Published July 9, 2008 6:04PM (EDT)

Four years ago, Paul Alward and Stephanie Turco left their jobs on Wall Street to start Veritas Farms. Devoted to ethical farming, the couple raises heritage breed livestock on open pasture. We pet the goats, met a duck who had been raised by turkeys, and watched regal long-horn cattle waddle around with the chickens. But mostly, we spent time with the pigs. It was tempting to cuddle up with the lazy, happy animals, but the farm is not a petting zoo and we were reminded that in order for these breeds to exist, they need to be eaten.

By Caitlin Shamberg

Caitlin Shamberg is a former multimedia editor at Salon.

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