Monday, April 7, 2008

What not to eat (part 1)

For much of the '90s, I tried (and, ultimately, failed) to live as a vegetarian. In recent years, I went through a pescatarian transition period, and now -- even though I choose fish or no meat whenever I can -- I'll eat pretty much whatever anyone puts in front of me. The rationale for that is that my ethical obligation to the people closest to me -- i.e., anyone who would cook for me -- is greater than my ethical obligation to lower species.

But now I wonder. The ecological arguments against meat may be more powerful than the ethical arguments against meat. They're also arguments wrapped in self-preservation: eat less meat, save your body, save the planet.

I knew I had food issues, but these are issues.



OpenID bjohnson said...

Diet for a New America, by John Robbins, heir to the Baskin / Robbins fortune, was published back in 1998. I read it then and was profoundly disturbed by the ecological damage created by those who eat meat.

I'm pretty sure it's still one of the most authoritative books on the subject.

April 8, 2008 11:22 AM  

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