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Eating Animals

October 5, 2010

Yes. It’s been a while since I last posted. Two months, I believe. There is a reason for this: I honestly could not find a single thing that I wanted to write about. Of course, Scarlett is doing amazing things every day, but as wonderful and beautiful as watching her grow is for me personally, I feel in some ways, it’s just that: too personal. My personal experience of her is often times too simple in its profundity to write more than a sentence. I love her.

However, I have recently come across an issue that has relit the fire within me: vegetarianism. Those of you who know me, know that I have been a vegetarian for quite some time. In fact, I have now been a vegetarian longer than I haven’t been. I became a vegetarian in eighth grade for a number of complex reasons, and my reasons for staying vegetarian have changed and evolved over the years. My husband, Brian, is not a vegetarian. But now as Scarlett approaches her first birthday, Brian and I have a choice to make for Scarlett. Will we raise her as a vegetarian?

I just finished reading Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer. (He wrote Everything Is Illuminated.) A big thank-you to my sister Emily for sending it to me. Although I am already a vegetarian, this book changed me. It’s much like the documentary film Food, Inc.,  but more in-depth and critical in its assessment of the American food industry, specifically factory farming. Foer also asks more of his readers by holding us accountable for the food choices we make.

I completely understand that ignorance is bliss; I stopped watching the news because it makes me feel terrible. But the difference between keeping my eyes closed to the news and keeping them close to factory farming is that the latter literally killing people.

I fall somewhere on the political spectrum around libertarian. I feel that as long as people respect others, everyone should be free to live as he or she pleases. I don’t like people pushing their agendas on me, so I don’t push mine. I felt that as long as I was making the choice individually to refrain from supporting the meat industry I was doing my part. I’m not so sure of this now. I do not believe that I am doing enough, but I’m not sure where to start.

Scarlett is trying to grab the computer off of my lap, so I will leave you with this video that I saw on a friend’s Facebook page. This is a young man who really wants to change the world and gives us a good place to start.

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