"I'll tell you one thing I'll never eat...hot dogs." Jonathan Safran Foer, writer extraordinaire, pulled off a coherent interview on the Colbert Report and conveyed his message: it's the meat. While our agriculture system has more than a few screws loose, what with pesticide-laden, nitrogen-slurried, monocropping growing culture that produces the majority of US crops, our obsession with meat is what is turning on the CO2 pump. Not only that - we don't treat those livestock so nicely, either. As he tries to convey in his interview, Safran Foer is not necessarily opposed to meat consumption (although he chooses not to take part, himself), but advocates for a modest and very conscious consumption of animal products. Be careful of labels and know where your meat comes from.
|The Colbert Report||Mon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c|
|Jonathan Safran Foer|
Don't get too complacent, because you don't eat beef. Those chicken's eggs your packing down ain't so good for the environment or the chicken either. Free range gets you a chicken that at some point had access to a yard. Doesn't rule out large, cramped indoor holding space or the high probability that the door isn't open or the chickens can't get to it. Cage-free similarly holds very little clout. Certified humane or Animal Welfare Approved are your best bets if you can't get your hands on a dozen farmer's market eggs or some from your neighbor!
I think my rant has overstayed its welcome. So, take a look at the video, read "The Ethics of What we Eat" by Peter Singer, and start thinking hard about what you put in your mouth.