This is why

Warning: Lecture.

This is a great part of the reason why I feel so strongly about raising my own animals for meat, eggs, and honey.

Ignorance. The hand-washing syndrome of paying someone else to do your dirty work for you, allowing you to take the lives of the animals that sustain you completely for granted. I believe that if you look at your chicken dinner and get all squicked out at the thought of that chicken dying at your hands, then you shouldn’t be eating it.

Why do we make it so easy to forget that something died for you? Doesn’t that seem wrong to anyone else?

I was a vegetarian for more than five years not because I was all gooshy about cuddly widdle animals – I don’t buy into sentiment much. I was a vegetarian because I thought our nation’s food production systems – specifically those related to meat – were fundamentally broken and sickening and I chose not to support them.*

I’m no longer a vegetarian, but now I am lucky enough to have the means to raise my own animals. I can make sure they live the fullest, happiest lives I can give them, before painlessly and respectfully dispatching them with my own hands, never taking their lives for granted. And along the way my daughter will become educated about where her food comes from and exactly what a privilege it is to eat as well as we do: all I can ask is that she become a knowledgeable and conscientious omnivore.

Even if once she’s grown she doesn’t choose to go my route, it’s a good bet that at least she won’t write stupid blurbs to her local paper and get made brutal fun of across the internet.

*If you’re interested in understanding more about our nation’s food production, one especially good book is Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal Vegetable Miracle, which intersperses highly educational chapters with anecdotes about her own family’s attempt to live and eat locally for a year. I love Kingsolver’s writing in general and I thought she handled this book’s balance pretty nicely, while articulating beautifully why it is necessary to rethink our nation’s pattern of food production and consumption. (In fact, I think it’s so great that I’ve ordered copies for a few relatives of mine who don’t understand why I do what I do. I’m not very articulate, so I hope this book can convey to them some of what motivates me in my quest for back-yard self-sufficiency.)

2 Responses to “This is why”

  1. debbie swickard Says:

    You? Not very articulate? Me thinks it is not your ability to express yourself that is in dire need of repair but that your audience may need to learn to listen with open minds and ears…

  2. Rose Says:

    I wish there were a thumbs-up smilie.

    Ans, yeah, since WHEN are you not articulate?

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