|Three bean Vegan Chili with Jicama over Brown Rice|
Okay, it’s time for me to come out of the pantry; I am Vegan. This is likely a surprise to anyone who has known me for a while but not likely a surprise to anyone who has known me well. I like animals. I am discouraged by the way human beings treat animals. And it’s a little hypocritical of me to tell people to love dogs and cats and horses and snakes but to eat cows and chickens and pigs and fish. So I’m quitting the carnivore thing.
Now, I know there has been enough collective eye rolling out there to whack the earth out of its rotation but I want to make sure everyone understand something: I’m doing Vegan different. I’ve met those Vegans that you hate. I promise not to be one of them. I’m not treating this like a religion or a cult or anything like that. I consider myself a man on a journey and the first part of that journey is not eating meat. My belt, the one I’ve owned for about ten years now, is leather. I’m not throwing it away.
Before we go any further let me toss a few idea out at you and see how they feel to you. The first is the unchecked population growth of human beings on this planet. If we are to continue to be carnivorous that means there has to be more and more animals killed to support our appetite and that means more and more farmland to feed those animals we’ll kill and that means less and less rainforest, swamps, and other green areas. The next thing is to look at what we’re putting into animals to make them turn into food. Antibiotics, growth hormones, and a host of other drugs that not only get passed on to us, but to our children too. Have you noticed how early girls are turning into young women these days? Do you really want to know what’s in milk?
The conditions that animals are kept in before we kill them so we can eat them are deplorable. If your meat was slaughtered in a room night next to where you were eating you wouldn’t be able to finish your meal. At some point in time we have to start wondering about our cultural ethics if we can ignore what happens before a hotdog hits the grill.
You really do not want to know what’s in a hotdog, or how it came to be, do you?
So this leaves me no other choice but to opt out of being a carnivore. Yes, I can see coming the arguments that there are other things I do that are bad for the earth as a whole, and bad for me as an individual, but everyone, each one of us, has to start somewhere, I would hope, and this is where I begin.
No, I have no idea where this will lead or if I can pull it off. But I’ve gotten off to a very good start and right now there’s some Vegan recipes and are truly tasty. I’ve managed to eat tofu only twice in three months, so don’t start with that, please.
I’ll start posting Vegan recipes and propaganda, I mean information, soon.