First, let me tell you I am not a Facebook fan. Just too much info for me. I provide enough here. You don’t want to know more and I don’t want to read more. Anyways….
I am a fan of Mark Zuckerberg’s new eating program and that is to take responsibility for your food and know where it comes from. Here’s what he said
“This year, my personal challenge is around being thankful for the food I have to eat. I think many people forget that a living being has to die for you to eat meat, so my goal revolves around not letting myself forget that and being thankful for what I have. This year I’ve basically become a vegetarian since the only meat I’m eating is from animals I’ve killed myself. So far, this has been a good experience. I’m eating a lot healthier foods and I’ve learned a lot about sustainable farming and raising of animals.
“I started thinking about this last year when I had a pig roast at my house. A bunch of people told me that even though they loved eating pork, they really didn’t want to think about the fact that the pig used to be alive. That just seemed irresponsible to me. I don’t have an issue with anything people choose to eat, but I do think they should take responsibility and be thankful for what they eat rather than trying to ignore where it came from.”
This isn’t new, but it is brave. Shows like “Kill It, Cook It, Eat It” show gueling tests of raising, killing and eating animals. Some can do it, while others can’t. Michael Pollen researched and wrote about the various ways animals are raised and killed for your dinner table in the Omnivore’s Dilemma. He too killed his own meal. But Mark Zuckerberg is commiting himself to eating only meat from animals he personally kills for an entire year. It’s an interesting choice and responsibility and I’m sure one where most would quickly become vegetarian.
Coincidentally here’s the conversation my daughter and I had when she was being tucked in last night:
“I don’t want to eat animals.” she said.
“That’s fine. It shouldn’t be too hard for you. We’re eating more vegetarian and vegan meals like Aunt Christy, and if you don’t want to eat meat when we’re having it, that’s fine. But you also need to know what you won’t be able to eat”, I said.
“Like what? I already don’t eat chicken and steak. And I only like vegan hot dogs,” she proclaimed.
“What about bacon?” I asked.
“Bacon comes from an animal? Which one?” she asked.
I answered, “A pig”.
She started laughing in disbelief. Then said “Turkey bacon comes from a pig?!”
I then laughed and said, “Turkey bacon comes from a turkey. But bacon you like in a restaurant comes from a pig.”
“Oh, ” she said.
The conversation ended there. She doesn’t have bacon often, but she does like it. Not sure what will happen next. We had chicken left-overs and grilled veggies turned into burritos tonight for dinner. She skipped meat and went bean, veggies and cheese only. I’ll keep you posted on her eating habits.
And I’m sure Mr. Zuckerman will too.
(Funny it was a pig that got both my daughter and Zuckerman thinking…but in opposite directions)