Keith and I raise cows, pigs, and chickens for meat and eggs for our family. We feed them every day and take good care of them, treat them well, and we know that they are healthy when they are butchered. There is absolutely NO way to ensure that is true about the meat that is sold at your local supermarket. In fact, if you do some research, there are plenty of documentaries that have been made that prove the contrary is true. Animals are raised in tiny quarters and packed into that small space with hundreds of others. If you research chicken farmers who grow for the big companies, you might find videos of animals being mistreated, or dead animals being hauled out by the dozens.
I am not going to say we never buy meat from the grocery store, because that would be a lie. Boneless, skinless, chicken breasts are just too easy to come by and can turn into a very quick meal when you're in a hurry. At some point, however, you have to start thinking about why those chicken breasts are as big as one whole naturally raised chicken running around our yard. The main reason we like to raise our own food, however, is because when it is raised here on our own land, we know exactly what kind of life it lived and what it ate. We treated it well, and in turn, it provides 6-12 months of food for our family.
I don't understand why so many people are squeamish about farm raised poultry, pork, and beef. We've actually had people tell us that they wouldn't eat dinner at our house because of it. I have some news (for some folks). Something has to die for people to eat. The fact that you never saw the cow alive doesn't mean that a cow didn't have to die for you to have a hamburger. BUT - this is not a bad thing, people. Take a minute and think about where your food comes from and then try some farm raised meat and see if you can't tell a difference.