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The human cost of meat

April 4, 2008

My girlfriend is a vegetarian, which, as Samuel Jackson once said, means that I’m pretty much a vegetarian too.  She’s not really opposed to me eating meat, we just mostly eat together, and so we cook things we can both eat.  I have always been completely unconvinced by the ethical arguments regarding animals.  Sure, slaughtering animals is probably an unpleasant task, and one which I wouldn’t want to do myself, but I find that I’m relatively unmoved by PETA’s videos of the “animal holocaust” going on in our slaughterhouses.  Until yesterday, I had never thought about the human cost of meat production very much, which is not insubstantial apparently.  According to two papers referenced in the link, workers in slaughterhouses suffer psychological disorders from their work, and are more likely to commit crimes.  Add to that the (relatively slight) dangers of aerosolized pig brain, and the more substantial high carbon footprint of meat should give you a bit of pause. 

Don’t get me wrong, I like steaks, burgers, RIBS, chicken, duck, salmon, and just about every other kind of meat I’ve had.  But think about the real costs associated with meat, and maybe stick with a nice healthy, small portion next time.  Also, learn about the deliciousness of beans, which are an oft-neglected part of American cuisine.  Seriously, that recipe is amazing, though if you must, it would probably also be good with some spicy Italian sausage.

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  1. April 4, 2008 at 22:44 | #1

    I had never thought about the human cost of meat production

    Read the book “Fast Food Nation”. The stories of those working at the slaughterhouses are beyond riveting.

    That link reminds me of an Italian friend I met that taught me how to cook pasta dishes with beans rather than just meats. And every dish I learned was amazing. I will certainly have to try the link there!

  2. April 6, 2008 at 09:51 | #2

    We had a buffalo roast in the crock-pot with carrots and potatoes last night.  Mmmmm….

    I would like to see meat from the laboratory, though.  An industrial process that would turn out an infinite ribbon of prime roast, engineered for tenderness, flavor, and omega-3 fatty acids.  And no poor cows living their lives in miserable feed lots.

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