Monday, January 23, 2006

On my Quasi-vegetarianism

Over Christmas break I decided to become a quasi-vegetarian. It was something I was kicking around for a while and finally just decided to do it. My reasons for giving up (most) meat has evolved in the past month. It went like this:

1. First, I did it for health reasons. Meat really isn't that good for you when you think about it. There are much better sources of protein out there. I decided I wanted to be healthier.

2. I needed a challenge. Sometimes (all the time), I get bored. I need something to keep me on my toes. Giving up (most) meat would do this for me. It would make my dull life more exciting and challenging.

3. Finally, where I'm at now. I've been doing much research into slaughterhouses and the meat industry as a whole. It's really quite sickening. After reading what goes on in those places, I have no desire to eat meat. I don't want to be part of that corruption. Nor do I want to eat meat from cows that were sick or dead when they entered the slaughterhouse. Nor do I want to eat meat that has been contaminated with other things that are not meant for human consumption. My stepmom's family all work in the meat industry in Kansas and she confirms that all this stuff I read about actually happens.

I say I'm a quasi-vegetarian because I still eat fish. Fish is actually pretty good for you. Plus, there aren't really fish slaughterhouses out there. Also, I would eat meat if I know where it comes from and that it's not from some horrible slaughterhouse and it hasn't been mistreated and pumped full of steriods and hormones. Like our chickens at home. I'd totally eat one of those because I know how they were raised and treated. And I would know that I'm eating meat that isn't all pumped full of chemicals and steriods and hasn't been contaminated with feces and other stuff not meant for my eating.

9 comments:

kodjo said...

My thoughts exactly (except I eat duck, too, because it's wild and extremely tasty).

Golda said...

I'd probably eat wild game if I had some. I had some wild hog this summer, it was pretty good.

Golda said...

Some responses:

1. Plants may be grown in the dirt with chemicals and the fertilizer, but they are generally not pumped full of things like steriods and hormones. Especially if you eat organically grown plants, which I wish I could do more of.
2. I know a good counselor.
3. Here's a really good article on fish consumption: http://www.tunafacts.com/press/2005/oct19.cfm

Cecilia said...

I am so proud!!! This has been my life for years!!! Except I didn't eat fish, but I do now, but not really because the only fish I can afford is tuna. I like shrimp though... I'm glad you enjoyed the book. Normally when I talk about meat people just look at me like I'm crazy. If only they knew...

Golda said...

Today I got into three separate conversations with people at my internship about the benefits of eating fish. And two on what Neil Diamond's real name is.

Brian said...

Vegetables can be just as pumped full of crap as meat. One kid in my speech class gave a presentation on genetically modified food. Mad scientists even insert animal genes into plants, all while cackling maniacally... Organic is probably the only way to go if you really want to know what you're eating.

Golda said...

Genetically modified fruits and vegetables freak me out. Greatly. But, I still think they're better than genetically modified meat. Because that is beyond scary.

Mary Beth said...

Watch out for the pesticides with the veggies and also be aware that farmworkers often do not have a place or break time to go to the bano...I have a friend who calls herself a vegetarian and eats seafood. I don't think it counts...at least not to her...

Melissa said...

Hmmm, Thanksgiving next year might be fun, and more complicated. Let me know if you are still quasi at that time. Shaun can try to get a wild turkey-- those are good and it would work for you. :)