We all have learning moments in life. This woman had her “moment of clarity” after straying outside of her usual diet.
Tammi Jonas is a 49-year-old mother who had been living the vegetarian lifestyle for over a decade. When she became pregnant a third time she enjoyed a burger. One thing led to another and now she owns her own pasteurized pig farm.
Why did Jonas become a vegetarian in the first place? In the 1970s she read a book about the treatment of farm animals.
Tammi, who lives in Australia, became “dangerously anaemic” and that led to her first taste of meat in 10 years. That one taste changed everything.
She said to 10 daily: “I was at work one day and just thought: ‘a burger would fix this’.” She was right and she never turned back.
“I went back to red meat, so beef and lamb, once a week throughout the pregnancy, and it was some years longer before I had any pork or poultry.
“I never thought it was immoral to take an animal’s life for food – I’ve always been comfortable with my place in the food chain, but I thought it was immoral to treat [animals] cruelly, to not allow them to go outside and breathe fresh air and to be confined in crowds in sheds.”
Things went a step further when Tammi and her husband Stuart realized they could make a living by doing some small-scale farming.
Tammi explains on her website:
“My journey from mindless industrial eater to vegetarian to ethical omnivore led me all the way to become a pig farmer to contribute to the growing movement to get pigs and poultry back out of sheds and onto paddocks.
“We now grow, butcher and cure all of our meat, and serve 80 households from our thriving community-supported agriculture (CSA) farm.”
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Tammi cares a lot about the ethics of her farm. Since she is a former vegetarian that comes as no surprise. The animals live as if they aren’t even on a farm.