Thursday, April 12, 2007
Anyone else hate the shirt that says, "For every animal you don't eat, I'll eat three"?
Since reading "My Year of Meats," I have only had a bite or two of animal. I haven't yet made a conscious choice to be vegetarian, or to continue my life as a carnivore. This is odd for me because usually when I make a significant change in my life, I know exactly what I'm doing and why. In this case, I'm not sure where my aversion of meat is coming from. Obviously, the book we read in class- but what specifically? The hormones in meat? The inhumanities of the slaughterhouse? Most likely, the answer is simply that I was forced to acknowledge the information I have tried so hard to ignore in the past. I am guilty of contributing to our "massive cultural trend" of ignorance, because I very much enjoy the taste of meat, but I also happen to be an animal lover. If I ignore the truths about the production of meat, I can still eat their flesh and not feel too guilty. But this book brought me face to face with all the unsavory facts. Every time I go to the Commons, I look at the options, most of which are meaty and I know are tasty, but as soon as I think about putting the food into my mouth and chewing it, I decide to just go with a vegetarian option. No images of bloody animals run through my mind, or thoughts of hormones- I just can't seem to eat it. I suppose my subconscious is making my choice for me. However, I am not sure I want to give up steak, or roast chicken forever, and at the same time, I can't seem to break out of my deviation from my normal diet. Today, I was really craving meat. Craving it. But I was disappointed in myself at the thought of going back to my old ways, ignoring what I now know about the cattle industry, and giving in to my stomach's demands. So I went with the plain old beans and cheese burrito. I would love to find out my blood type and apply it to the blog below, to make the best decision for my body. I wonder if I've been exceptionally tired lately because my body is missing nutrients it has been used to digesting and using, or if it's just a result of the week before finals. In any case, I want to make healthy decisions for myself before I consider taking a stand on meat consumption. The only solid decision I have made so far is that from now on, if I do take up meat-eating again, I will make a point to only buy organic meat at grocery stores and attempt to find restaurants that have the same standards. If I stay vegetarian, I'll make sure to eat enough protein and get all the nutrients I need from other food products. Thank you, to Priya, for forcing me to read this book, because now I cannot hide from the truth any longer. Actually, I want to learn more about the topic, maybe to give me more reasons to shun meat. Anyone have any other books I should read if I want to hate America's cattle industry even more? I'd love some suggestions.