Warning: I'm on my soapbox today.
I watched "The Cove" with my husband last night.
- Don't visit Sea World or Swim With the Dolphins
- Take a stand against animal cruelty.
- KNOW WHERE YOUR MEAT COMES FROM!
What stirred me up - even more than the killing of dolphins and distribution of toxic fish to the international market - was that Americans watched this movie, pointing fingers ... all while eating a lean piece of chicken, steak or pork from who knows where.
We do the SAME THING. DIFFERENT ANIMAL.
You don't have to be a vegetarian. You do have to be an informed eater.
1. Choose organic beef that is grass fed, organic chicken that receives vegetarian feed. (Yes. They actually feed chicken rendered cow) and organic pork that is pasture-raised.
2. Find a Certified Humane Meat Producer - make sure your meat hasn't been processed through an industrial slaughterhouse
3. Choose fish and seafood that is sustainable (our oceans are frighteningly over-fished) and low in mercury.
4. Choose plant-based meals from time-to-time. It's healthy. It's environmentally friendly. It's fun to experiment!
Yes. It is expensive to buy from small, organic meat producers! I'm going to go ahead and say it: SUCK IT UP AND PAY THE EXTRA. Maybe add a meatless day or two every week so that you can really splurge on humanely raised, nutrient-rich meats.
I could go On. and On. and On. and I probably will bring this up a few more times. BUT in the mean time!
A few really good books and resources:
Movies/Documentaries: An easy to learn about where our food comes from.
The Cove (Not for kiddos)
a list of great Food Documentaries! at LettuceEatKale!
Books: Not for the faint of heart. Read at the risk of changing your life.
Omnivore's Dilemma, Michael Pollan (Nothing too stomach wrenching- but definitely eye opening)
The Meat Business: Devouring a Hungry Planet, Tansey ( Check your library - it's a reference book for sure!)
Meat Market: Animals, Ethics and Money, Erik Marcus (This one's a tough read)
Websites and Articles: Check it out today!
Sustainable Seafood: http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/cr/seafoodwatch.aspx
Meat Labels for the Sensitive Carnivore: http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_3207.cfm
Certified Humane.org: http://www.certifiedhumane.org/
I'll say it again... just because I don't eat meat doesn't mean a damn thing. Make your own food decisions. Just make them wisely and stay informed.