3.6.09

Full Circle

When I first started this blog a little over a year ago, my first post was regarding Michael Pollan's Omnivore's Dilemma, and how it had changed the way I thought about our food system and as a result what I put into my body. The book made me take into consideration the source and the impact of the food (most specifically the meat) I was eating.

Having just finished Peter Singer and Jim Mason's The Ethics of What We Eat (also published as The Way We Eat) I now find myself edging closer and closer to eliminating meat from my diet altogether. In a very well written and extremely informative tome, Singer and Mason break down three different family's eating habits, delving into the not-so-nice world of factory farming, the 'locavore' movement and 'fair trade' products.

This book is a wonderful (if not shocking) read and I recommend it highly.

As I get older (and wiser, hah) I generally feel more and more responsible for the choices I make and how they affect not just me but the world I live in, and the ethical questions raised in this book have really made me analyze what makes it's way into my shopping cart. As a chef, I feel it is my responsibility to lead by example and to educate as best as possible regarding our food system and how choices as seemingly simple as what we eat can have larger and permanent consequences.

All of that being said, this blog should making something of a shift towards vegetarian cuisine, as I limit the amount of meat (sustainable or not) that finds it's way into my pantry, so bear with me and (hopefully) enjoy the ride.

3 comments:

TexasDeb said...

Interesting yet responsible reaction. Excited to see a whole new genre of food opening up here.

Flapjacks said...

not knowing what this book's central argument is may make my comment seem reductive or glib, yet i am compelled ask some questions. as a seven year veteran of a health-food store, former mostly vegetarian (no beef, chicken or pork for over three years), and natural skeptic i have seen a vast array of dietary restrictions, justifications, ethical stances, soap-box preachery, moral conflictions, double-standards, hypocritical gastronomical indulgers, morbidly obese vegans, and stick thin carnivores all of which make me certain, yes certain, that no one has an answer that is more powerful then enlightened moderation. i'm all for eating less meat and dabble in this world on a seasonal basis, so i guess i have to know why? why? what about this book? i feel fortunate to be fairly educated about organics, factory farming, ethical and sustainable meats, local benefits for food production both in means of quality and freshness and local economic preservations, too much about corn, too much about monsanto and plan columbia and the drug-trade-cum-genocide that we support by buying from major agribusinesses, yet this education comes with a heavy burden of knowing that you need to parse out the bits that affect you and others daily lives. what could this say that all the King Corn's, In Defense of Food's, Fast Food Nation's, Future of Food's, and Food Inc.'s aren't saying? i need to know.

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