GREEN ZABIHA
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Welcome to the library, we will be updating with websites, books, videos and articles that we find valuable and would like to pass on. We highly recommend using the resources to educate yourself as to the realities of our modern food industry. From the egg and dairy production, to beef and poultry, the industry relies on consumer being ignorant to what goes on. This knowledge is especially important because what we eat has a direct spiritual impact on us, and a physical one as well.

The books are excellent, from a critique of the philosophical underpinnings of this whole system, to practical steps towards eating wholesome in a world where wholesome food is hard to find.

The videos are a great audio/visual means of learning what happens in the industry, as well seeing actual footage. You will be very surprised to see how bad it is, from the perspective of animal welfare, to lack of regulations, to industry standard practices.

Books
These are some books we’d consider ‘essential’ reading.


Videos

The videos include humorous flash animations, detailed documentaries, and graphic ‘exposes’ of factory farms (the latter are not suitable for children).

Though many organizations that lead the charge in these exposes have a stated agenda to promote vegetarianism, they do a great service in bringing to light what many of us are completely clueless to, and help us to make better informed decisions.

Type: Documentary, Canadian

Synopsis: Excellent and comprehensive; how we have turned one of Allah’s great creations (the cow) into a Frankensteer. Real footage of and interviews with owners of Factory Farms. Also touches on government in collusion with industry to approve regluations that are against interest of public health, but good for coporations.

Type: Flash Video Animation

Synopsis: A classic, spin on The Matrix, but instead of exposing the fake human reality exposes the our misguided perception of factory farms. Although a parody, it is nonetheless accurate and worth watching.

korean

Madcow disease and U.S. beef industry

Type: Documentary, Korean, English sub-titles

Synopsis: Korea has been under pressure to allow beef imports from the US, and this documentary was made to show what the US meat industry is like. Intersting to see the Geo-Political games that are played with beef. Very comprehensive, covers science, health, politics and economics.

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Meet Your Meat

Part 1 | Part 2

Type: Expose documentary

Synopsis: Using hidden cameras very graphic and disturbing /images of how the modern meat industry works.

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45 Days: The Life and Death of a Broiler Chicken

Part 1 | Part 2

Type: Expose documentary

Synopsis: Hidden cameras, showing the horrible conditions of broiler chickens (chickens used for meat). SubhanAllah, these are beautiful creations of Allah that are treated worse than inanimate objects.

doreen

Doreen the Downer

Type: Flash Video Animation

Synopsis: Tells the story of Doreen the cow in a short animation. Most ground beef comes from spent dairy cows, though the government just recently banned cows that cannot walk from slaughter.

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Hope for the Hopeless, battery egg farm

Type: Expose documentary

Synopsis: Hidden cameras, focusing on egg production. Dairy and egg production is another area where animals are treated very poorly. Try to buy only organic milk (Organic Valley is what we recommend since it’s cooperative of small farms) and cage free eggs if possible. Just as meat has a story, so does dairy and eggs, a story we should be aware of.

tysondirty

Tyson’s Dirty Deeds

Type: Expose Documentary

Synopsis: Documents excesses in Tyson’s chicken processing plants. From abuse of birds to filthy conditions. Also shows an example of where birds were not getting stunned, but were also not getting cut by the blade.

monsanto

The World According to Monsanto

Type: French Documentary

Synopsis: Exposes how government and industry, specifically Monsanto corporation, have introduced GMO foods without appropriate scrutinization. This part 1, watch the rest.

hakim

Natural Health and the Islamic Tradition

Hakim Archuletta

Type: Packaged set of 6 DVDs

Synopsis: Masterful DVD set, Hakim is a natural healer and this seminar will open your eyes to the rich Islamic tradition of Natural Healing.

Websites

As mentioned above, though many organizations that lead the charge in the area of exposing factory farms have a stated agenda to promote vegetarianism, they do a great service in bringing to light what many of us are completely clueless to, and help us to make better informed decisions.

Mad Cowboy

Compassion over Killing

Peta

“Factory Kosher’

Articles

Power Steer:article by Michael Pollan on beef industry. He went on to author The Omnivore’s Dilemma and In Defence of Food.

Unhappy meal:another Michael Pollan article.