I guess you could call me well-rounded. I dabble in many things because I can’t simply pick one thing to focus on. I love languages, acting, travel, veganism, politics and fashion.
Now, if only I could be in a foreign film set in Spain as a fashionista turned people’s politician who took down the a Spanish version of Monsanto.
Well until Woody Allen comes a knocking, I guess I’m gonna have to figure out something else.
Food is the most important thing and the least important thing. I don’t want to be the kind of person who thinks about food all the time (I am). But I know it’s important to think ahead so I can prepare the right meals to eat. Otherwise, I’ll find myself at the In n Out ordering a veggie burger (yes, they have them) and trying to say no to the fries that come with my $1.92 sandwich.
Since the dawn of corporate America we have been brainwashed into thinking that we need the meat and milk of our fellow animals to survive. There are about a million ways of looking at this. If you ask a vegetarian or vegan why they do what they do, you will usually find different answers. But there are a few basic ones that stand out:
- It’s inhumane. Some of us see the killing of another animal as cruel. God put them here too and who are we to eat them? What if some larger species did that to us? Creepy.
2. Our bodies don’t necessarily need it. Back to God: He has lovingly put so many non-animal foods on this planet. Those things that grow on trees that are super colorful and are just the right serving for one. Have you ever noticed that most fruits are just big enough to fit in the palm of an adult hand? It’s like God planned it that way. Way to go! And let’s not forget vegetables. Man could seriously live off of this alone. And of course, beans and whole grains. Done.
3. Organic shmorganic! The food industry naturally wants to make money. Organic is the cool thing these days. But how do we really know? Corporations say they these chickens, cows and pigs have been inspected by some government organization, blah blah. But we know how that goes. Am I right, EPA?
I find myself falling into all 3 categories. And honestly, I haven’t really looked back since becoming a vegetarian. It’s 2013. We’ve got plenty of non-meat options to tickle our fancies.
But veganism: Brace yourselves people.
This is hard. I LOVE goat cheese. And Spanish cheese with watermelon (something that I did on summer nights in Palestine with my family). And Pakistani Chai (I learned this from my husband’s family and it’s a blast to drink together with Biscoff cookes). I have so many neuro-associations with dairy products that it’s harder to give up than I realized. And because I have been consuming them my whole life and I’m still alive, it’s easy to just say ‘eh, what’s the big deal?’
Well, it sort of is a HUGE deal. I mean, I won’t lie to you- I put half and half in my coffee and when my mother in law comes into town, I drink Chai. I’m a moderate that way. But I’m a moderate about everything. Go ahead, ask me about politics. MODERATE.
But it makes sense. We are the only species in the world that drinks the milk of another species. And we are the only species in the world that drinks milk as an adult. It’s baby food! Cows drink milk from their mommies so they can grow into 1,500 pound creatures. Why would we drink that? And why would we think we have to drink 3 glasses of that a day in order to live a long, dental happy life? Because the ‘Got Milk?’ people told us so. Don’t forget, at the end of the day it is all about the Benjamins. So these people are gonna make milk sound like manna if it means they profit from us and our lack of education. It’s our responsibility to be intelligent consumers. It’s just good capitalism.
Along with being a moderate, I’m a realist. I know the entire planet isn’t going to become a vegan planet. Man, that would be cool. But I urge you to consider cutting back. Go a day without meat. Substitute rice milk in your cereal. You can’t tell the difference, I promise.
This is what it takes to make ONE Quarter pounder hamburger:
6.7 pounds of grains and forage
52.8 gallons of water
74.5 square feet for grazing and growing crops for eating
1,036 btus for feed production and transport.
Yikes. If we cut back on our meat consumption, we would be doing our planet a favor. You’re welcome, Earth!