Wednesday, January 20, 2010


Give him a hard time for over-employing his literary twee, sure, but Jonathan Safran Foer's Eating Animals is some serious real talk. Read it and wrestle with your conscience over something as simple as buying eggs. I have no idea how it became so trendy to be aware of the awfulness out there in the food industry but a) 'bout time and b) it is really freaking me the eff out. Did you know that there is hamburger meat filler that's washed with ammonia to defeat E. Coli? Filler. I know this now because the documentary Food, Inc. which we watched last night. Did you know that corn was our enemy? Corn wants us dead. And it is winning with diabetes. Corn, you're an a-hole.

Mom says, well, don't get carried away. I think she's worried I'll become a vegetarian and won't eat her food. But honestly, I watched a man cut the neck of a chicken last night and I considered becoming a vegetarian for a second. Maybe I should have not watched that movie. I love meat.
What can I do? What should I do? I have no idea. Because on the one hand I'm thinking what will my personal dietetic choices make in the grand scheme of things? But maybe choosing to change your eating habits isn't about affecting the food industry but about feeling better about the food on your plate.
All I know is that the food industry is really upsetting me. In a very serious way. This world is so effed up. Looking at you, Perdue.

A Primer, Food For Thought:

Food Rules: An Eater's Manual by Michael Pollan
Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer
Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser


Blogger youcannotbeserious said...

regarding your question about whether or not you ought to change your eating habits, i think it can be as simple as: "i don't want ammonia or any other foreign chemicals in my body." things you can do: join a csa. shop at the farmer's market. get to know your farmer's and visit some local farms. if you shop at the grocery store, stay away from processed foods. read the list of ingredients on packaged items. cook more! eat less meat! (and call me if you ever need tips!)

1:07 PM  
Blogger youcannotbeserious said...

also, this article is essential reading:

1:09 PM  
Anonymous Kimie said...

Omg... I love it. Food Inc, while informative left me with the same squirmy feeling in my stomach. To eat meat or not to eat meat, and for the record I have eaten at McDonald's two or three times since, and feel so guilty while I chow down on my quarter ponder with cheese. Oh, the food industry is really awful, but what else can we do?

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