Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Moral meat

Posted By on Tue, Sep 7, 2010 at 11:28 AM

We are so far removed from real life these days, it's no wonder we assume we can only eat whatever the closest grocery store carries. That's simply not true. A hundred years ago today, your ancestors and mine were raising the majority of their foods, they barely generated trash and they knew how to care for the land so they could continue producing food for years to come.

Today, we whine if a pound of ground beef is a penny more at one store than another. Let me just remind you: You get what you pay for.

Kathy Rudy is tired of hearing colleagues tell her they can't afford to buy hamburger meat at the farmers market.

Yes, there are many people who really can't afford the higher prices there. But they are not her colleagues at Duke University, where she is associate professor of ethics and women's studies.

The way she sees it, it's cheap, industrial food that's killing us. It led to the most recent recall of half a billion eggs, followed by Walmart's recall of ham and beef deli meat. The recalled food, which sickened hundreds, has called attention to flaws in the nation's food safety system.

But to Rudy, 51, the problem is that middle-class Americans have grown so detached from their natural environments they expect food to be plentiful and cheap.

"What they're saying is, 'Food doesn't mean enough to me that I want to pay attention to the environment, the animals, my own health,'" she said. "To not attend to that interconnectedness seems very short-sighted to me."

Read the rest of this News & Observer article, by Yonat Shimron, here.

If you're a practicing carnivore and you haven't given locally sourced, grass-fed beef a try, you're really missing out.

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