For some time I have been on a journey of truth. I feel like it really started when I realized the scary truth behind pharmaceuticals, both because of my career and also because of my own experience during pregnancy and being inundated with countless pills to supposedly help me (they didn't), yet there was never a mention of the harm it could do to me OR my unborn baby. I should've realized something was amiss when they wanted to "study" me as I took these pills, while pregnant, and then "study" my son after he was born. It all seemed normal then. Clinical trials were normal to me at one point, which is just plain scary. But it was the start of the unwinding of the truth, if you will. It was fueled by an inward feeling of "this just isn't right" and confirmed with my own research beyond what I'd been preached to that was "right" over the course of my medical education and training.
The truth journey continued and I gained confidence with the planned, unassisted pregnancy and homebirth of my daughter. There seemed to be a theme to my new truth, even all those years ago. That theme is getting back to our roots. Going back to when we weren't bombarded with new age things such as a bazillion chemical cocktails in the name of "health." Getting back to the primal way of birthing, without interference from those who just stand to benefit from every single intervention imposed upon birthing mothers.
There's more in the truth revelation in regards to the medical system, and really, that could encompass many blog posts or possibly even a separate website. lol But that isn't the reason for this post. It's simply a glimpse into my background and a few of the puzzle pieces that led me here today. You see, when you take the blinders off to mainstream things like being totally dependent on the healthcare system and all it's madness for profit, truth starts seeping in from every direction. You can't help but seek it and want more of it. You also find yourself in a humble position of knowing that what you thought you knew previously was wrong. Very wrong. And THAT is the start of being able to accept things that you may have previously discounted as "hogwash." Your mind is opened in a way that you can say,"I'm willing to consider anything."
So, Consider This...
It's no lie that we've been lied to. As anyone who has been "woke" to something so earth shattering as the medical industry being a sham, when you're ACTUALLY WORKING IN THE MEDICAL INDUSTRY, can attest that once the veil has been lifted you see things completely differently. What I'm about to divulge likely won't settle well with most of you. That's OK for now. Hopefully you'll have the chance to find your own truth in your own time. You see, I'm not afraid to switch gears because as you now know, I've done it before. I've been extremely humbled by it, and I've eaten much crow, as the saying goes. I'm totally OK with that because to stay in that previous understanding would mean that I haven't grown or progressed a bit. Who wants to be stagnant?!
So, what's this big secret that I'm fumbling about trying to tell you all? Well... the truth is that we no longer eat pork. WHAT?! "OK, crazy, you were a drug pushing medical scientist who turned herb loving holistic health enthusiast, who turned pig farmer, who now DOES NOT EAT PORK. Uhhh... wow!" <-- And I can read minds apparently, because I know you all just thought that. Am I right? Well, now the pig is out of the bag, huh? I'm out. I came out! Yes, I'm a little nervous here. I mean, what will all the Kunekune people think? What will I do with all these pigs? Should I still breed Kunekunes? What do I do with the culls (meat pigs)? I know... so many questions!
Why do I no longer eat pork? Well... it isn't food and it never was meant to be food. It isn't healthy, even if it's pasture raised with Non-GMO soy/corn free feed. Neither are things like shrimp, crawfish (oh, I do remember loving those), lobster, etc. Yet, I didn't know this until fairly recently, myself. This is where things will get confusing for everyone. This is where you may need to put on that humble hat and open mind like I've had to do and say "I'll consider anything." You see, apparently
"until heaven and earth pass away, not a single jot, not a stroke of a pen, will disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished." Mat 5:18 and the law to which that refers is the Torah, found in the Old Testament (Tanakh), specifically in Leviticus. The food laws can be found in Lev 11.
I am not going to get into too much more in this post, rather I'll save how I came to this place for another day. Just know that none of this was written to condemn anyone, but just to awkwardly try to explain why there will be a few changes on the homestead, as there have been many changes in my heart. As we walk a new path, feel free to ask if you don't understand and you'd like to. I obviously don't have all of the answers to this thing called life, but I do have my experiences, my intuition, and my ability to rethink the things I thought I knew. Shalom (peace) to you all!
Q: What will the Kunekune pig community think?
A: I'm sure some will applaud me for doing what I think is right, and I'm sure some will mock me. I could care less. I'm not here to please people except by being honest and keeping my word.
Q: What will I do with all these pigs?
A: Just like cats or dogs (also unclean; not meant for food), pigs have their purpose. They are cleaners. They have an important part in our multi-species grazing operation which decreases parasite loads for the rest of the animals. They will also gladly clean up any scraps I need to get rid of. I love my pigs; I just don't love their bacon anymore. I still value breed conservation, as that has not changed. My plans are to continue to breed these wonderful pigs and to continue to strive to improve body type with the same focus areas.
Q: What do I do with the culls (meat pigs)?
A: Good breeders have culls. That means you're not selling and/or breeding every pig born because, simply put, they won't all be breeding quality and they shouldn't pass on the less desirable traits and muddy the waters of the breed. I have secured buyers for all of our cull pigs after thorough explanation of why we no longer eat pork. I hope I have to find new buyers continuously because that will mean that the seeds I've planted with my explanation of why they aren't food for us will turn into something more. If you'd like to get on our cull (meat) pig buyer list, shoot me a message and I'll plant another seed and sell you some pigs. :)
Just your average ex-medical scientist turned herb loving, natural living, homeschooling mom, wife, and homesteader who values common sense, real food, real people, primal instincts, and self-sufficiency.
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