As a lot of our friends know, I have been vegetarian for 5 years now. Zach is not vegetarian; so many people ask him how he deals with me and if he misses meat. I asked him to write a guest post on the subject. One thing I want to clarify is that I have never asked him to not eat meat; he can do whatever he wants! My policy is just that I won’t buy it or cook it; so if he wants some it’s up to him. And, honestly, Zach doesn’t really cook for himself much so he doesn’t really eat much meat. And, as he says, over the past year he’s found that he likes it this way! But there was never any pressure from me. I encourage everyone to rent the documentary “Food, Inc.” for a vastly more in-depth explanation of this subject. I also encourage questions on this post as this is a subject I am passionate about and would love to discuss more. Without further ado, my lovely partner Zach:
When I met Carrie in 2009, one of the first things I heard about was her vegetarianism. This plays a big part in her life and at first I thought “she must be crazy” and “what do you eat?”. Of course she educated me. After cooking together almost every day for the past year, meat has been almost completely eliminated from my diet. How do I feel? Better probably. Every time I eat lots of meat nowadays, I feel disgusting when finished. All the fats in my belly and greasy fingers. Not that I won’t eat meat if someone is making it for me, but I haven’t gotten any from the store since Safeway gave me a free Turkey for spending $100 last Thanksgiving. (Note from Carrie: And that turkey is still in the freezer. As I said, Zach doesn’t cook for himself.) There are some very logical reasons I see to not eat meat.
Reason 1: Health. Have you ever seen how the meat you buy at the grocery store is raised? “On the farm” you might say. However, that is unfortunately not true. Most meat we eat is raised in a factory. Unless you buy meat that says “local/organic” or “grass fed” your meat is probably made it a factory. And I choose “made” over “raised” because most chickens we eat don’t even see the sun in their lifetime. Some don’t even stand. What does encompass the majority of a chicken’s life? Lying on the ground in a pile of all the other chicken’s shit waiting to die a fat unhealthy bird. All they eat is food fueled with growth hormones to make them unhealthily fat, and did I mention they live life in a house full of shit?
Reason 2: Morals. Does it seem right to raise millions of beautiful creatures just to make them fat and eat them? Some never get the right to stand. They are born, grown at unnatural rates, then killed. If they die before they are big enough, they are thrown into the mix that feeds the rest of the fat creatures about to die and be eaten. People tell me that we should eat meat because we are at the top of the food chain. How many animals have you actually killed and eaten because you are stronger? I would be willing to bet that most americans have never killed an animal that they planed to eat. That is not to say that there isn’t a large portion of the nation that does shoot their own food. I did shoot a rabbit once, and ate it. I shot it and it didn’t die, so I had to club it on the head with my rifle. This wasn’t fun for me, since the rabbit was so cute. Think of all the meat you eat in a given month. If you had to personally decapitate every one of those chickens, you would at least appreciate your food a lot more. I would even be willing to bet that you would choose to plant a garden instead.
Reason 3: Cost. I don’t have hard facts on this, but I have noticed that we spend way less money that carnivores. We can get a whole bag of veggies at the farmers market for under $20. You know I’m right, enough said.
The reasons go on and on but the point I try to make remains the same. I’m not trying to convert everyone to vegetarianism, but it would be nice if people at least thought about what they ate. For that matter, I wish people thought about half the things they do in their lives. Don’t do something just because it’s the only way you know how. Educate yourselves. Don’t be on of the millions and billions of ignorant people who do things because they are told it’s the only way. Do things because you have decided that it is the best way.