Vegans and vegetarians have been showing us for centuries that a diet doesn’t have to be meat-heavy in order to be nutritious and satisfying. Climate scientists have been showing us that the ways we treat animals and the ways we treat the planet in “harvesting” animals impact the climate.
The covonaviruses show us more: Whether we eat it or not, the breeding and processing (oh, hell, call it what it is: the slaughtering) of animals for their “products” is flat-out dangerous to us.
Will plant-based “meat” be better? Will cultured animal tissue be better? I’m a carnivore from birth, so I sure hope so. Meanwhile, this article from the New York Times by Jonathan Safran Foer, called The End of Meat ties it all together very well. I’m putting the link after the quote I share here, so vegans, vegetarians, and the squeamish can absorb this warning: The banner picture for the article shows slaughtered animals. It made me squeam, and I’ve been binge-watching Breaking Bad.
The combination of meat shortages and President Trump’s decision to order slaughterhouses open despite the protestations of endangered workers has inspired many Americans to consider just how essential meat is….
Our hand has been reaching for the doorknob for the last few years. Covid-19 has kicked open the door….
Some of the most thoughtful people I know find ways not to give the problems of animal agriculture any thought, just as I find ways to avoid thinking about climate change and income inequality, not to mention the paradoxes in my own eating life. One of the unexpected side effects of these months of sheltering in place is that it’s hard not to think about the things that are essential to who we are.
We cannot protect against pandemics while continuing to eat meat regularly. Much attention has been paid to wet markets, but factory farms, specifically poultry farms, are a more important breeding ground for pandemics. Further, the C.D.C. reports that three out of four new or emerging infectious diseases are zoonotic — the result of our broken relationship with animals.The End of Meat, Jonathan Safran Foer, New York Times, 5/21/2020
A WRITING PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: Killed by something considered harmless.