Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Meatout is today

Today is the annual Meatout, with art, educational and activist events held all around the world. The goal is for people to refrain from eating meat for just one day, and to learn about healthy, nonviolent ways to eat.

My own meatout has been in progress for 30 years, and it still amazes me when people ask "What do you eat?" "The same things you do, I tell them, "but without the meat."

It is extremely difficult to be vegan in a consumer society (for example, my feet are so narrow, I am forced to wear leather shoes--human-made ones do not fit; some of the capsules I have to take are made of gelatin; and I would have to travel 80 miles to buy vegan wine, and even then, the selection is very small). As someone pointed out to me a few years ago, many organic farmers kill garden invaders, so growing one's own food is the only guarantee that even organic produce is actually cruelty-free.

But we can all strive to be as vegan as possible, and the first step is to adopt a vegetarian diet. If you are at a loss about preparing vegetarian food, there are many good cookbooks available. Kathy of What Do I Know? is providing a number of resources for this year's Meatout, so be sure to check them out.

And if you are still unaware of the unspeakable horrors of factory farming, here is a good place to start learning.


I am a mere vegetarian, not a vegan, but when people want to know what I eat, I can't honestly say that I eat what they do except without the meat. My husband's family's diet, for example, is based entirely on meat. Add some store-made pasta salad in tubs, and you get the idea. I'm grateful they produced a son who is as unlike them in their tastes as I am unlike my family in theirs.

What do I eat? I'm very fond of vegetables and I enjoy mixing them up with various grains. I cut them up into a vegetarian broth with barley and seasonings and enjoy fabulous soups. I like stir-fried sweet peppers over rice. I love a baked pasta recipe that includes cauliflower and tomato. I am absolutely certain that not one of the dishes I enjoy making at home would ever be found in the homes of even one person I or my husband happen to be related to.

So when people ask the question, I just say I like vegetables. Nobody has ever asked for more information.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:49 PM  

I can see your point. It's amazing what some people eat, isn't it?

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