J500 Media and the Environment

To Eat Or Not To Eat…The Other White Meat by mstinawood

People of the world face food dilemmas everyday. Today, I face an ethical one. After reading about and seeing the grotesque conditions factory raised pigs are forced to endure, my initial reaction is to never eat pork again.  In addition, salmonella outbreaks, milk contaminations, and other scares are contributing to a new food consciousness for me and many others. As more people are becoming concerned with where and how their food is produced a new league of ‘ethical omnivores‘ is being formed.

I’ve talked to meat eating friends and family to find out how they feel about the (literally) shitty conditions of the pork industry. As soon as I begin explaining the deplorable conditions I am stopped in my tracks, “Don’t tell me! I don’t want to know!” I completely understand this sentiment. Most of us are accustomed to eating meat and knowing the truth makes us feel guilty and disgusted. Rather than force feed the daunting realities of mass produced pig products down peoples throats, I offer up solutions. Of course one option is to give pork up completely, but for those who can’t imagine living a fulfilled life without bacon and eggs or pork chops and mashed potatoes there are options for you too. Depending where you live you may find locally raised, free-range pork at neighborhood farmers markets. In the Lawrence area there are no ethically run pig farms, but don’t fret! The Merc offers pork raised drug and cage free brought in from Colorado. Whole Foods in the Kansas City area offers all-natural, free-range pork from Iowa.

There are answers to this dilemma that are easy to swallow. All natural pork is more expensive, but Americans typically eat too much meat in the first place. If your pork intake is lower quantity and higher quality you’re better off in both mind and body.

Tina Wood

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Thanks for the tips for finding local pork. I am not a big pork eater, and I don’t cook with meat that much, but I do like eating meat. Locally raised meat is definitely a step in the right direction. And Local Burger is so yummy!

Comment by jessicasb

I agree! Americans are under this impression that they need mass quantities of food in order to be satisfied when in reality the local, all-natural options taste and make you feel so much better. Change is possible!

Comment by christinaw09

You have some great suggestions here that many people don’t take the time to explore.

What do you think it means that people don’t want to know where their food comes from?

Comment by Lauren Keith

I think our tendency to eat large quantities of low quality meat comes from the social conditioning of our food worldview. We think a meal isn’t complete without meat, or that a meal should be centered around it. It’s unfortunate that veggies and fruits don’t receive their credit.

Comment by janiec52

What do I think it means that people don’t want to know where their food comes from? I think people have forgotten, or want to forget, that bacon was once a pig and hamburger was once a cow. In addition, the mistreatment of animals in food production is so large that many feel there’s nothing they can do about it so they prefer to not look or hear.

Comment by christinaw09

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