Helloooo Everyone! Here’s a secret… I stayed out too late watching The Help last night, so I totally skipped my 5 a.m. workout. Don’t worry, I packed my gym bag so that I can squeeze in a quickie tonight after work.
Today’s post isn’t particularly informative or enlightening. Sorry. Hopefully it’s at least provocative. I should clarify. It’s mentally provocative – like, stimulating or something. It’s hard to get my brain working on Fridays, but this was my inspiration yesterday…
And I thought I was having a rough day. I’m pretty sure those chickens had it much worse, and that brings us to today’s topic – to be, or not to be… vegetarian.
I’ve tried to learn more about how my food gets to my plate. After seeing movies like Food Inc., reading books like The Kind Diet, and visiting websites, such as PETA (I know… I know… just roll with me here), I become increasingly aware of the mistreatment of farm animals.
I’m not talking about cute mom-n-pop farms, and I’m not going to discuss any gory details. I won’t even get into the terrifying Super-Bug argument. But let’s face it, being a Purdue chicken is bad. Really bad.
What I haven’t learned from the media, I’ve learned from my two cats. They are not people, but I still love them. Their personalities (maybe that should be cat-alities?) are incredibly unique. They even have favorite house guests! Would I eat them? Not a chance.
So then why am I not vegetarian? (Vegan actually, because I also despise the way factory farms treat the cows and chickens that provide dairy and eggs). I love steak. I love bacon. I also love how healthy and unprocessed lean meats are. Lastly, I love that I’m not a bother to the people around me. (I’m not saying all vegetarians are bothersome, but we’ve all met 1 or 2 of “those” vegetarians.)
I also like that there are mom-n-pop farms that produce sustainable and ethically raised animals. Sure, the animals still die, but who doesn’t? I can live with that. Many organic farms still aren’t as cruelty-free as I’d wish, but the link below states the differences between organic and conventional that show how organic is clearly a step in the right direction:
Soooo, I guess I try to limit my meat consumption, and I buy organic animal products as much as possible. However, I’m just not ready to give it up yet. Maybe I never will.
Have you ever had the “to be, or not to be” vegetarian debate? If you are vegan/vegetarian, did you do it all at once or gradually make the change?