I'm ready to make a change.
Over the past several months, the treatment of my fellow four-legged earthlings has been on my mind with ever-increasing frequency. I read The Omnivore's Dilemma not too long ago (see previous blog post), and I wrote on the issue of fish safety in a column in the Dallas Morning News (again, see related blog post from earlier this year). Throw in the fact that it seems impossible to turn on the television these days without hearing a new feed lot horror story or the details of another micro-ecosystem demolished by a fish farm, and I've had it up to *here*.
To be clear, I have no moral issues with the consumption of meat by human beings for the purposes of nutrition. My issue is with the treatment of animals destined for our dinner plates, and the environmental impact of the places where they are raised. Not that it's so simple a matter that it can be explained in one sentence, but that's the Cliff's Notes version.
So, I've decided to do something about it. I want to be one person making a tiny difference when it comes to these animals and our environment. I am going to try my darndest not to eat any fish or chicken or beef or what-have-you without knowing for sure that it was raised in a humane manner, fed what it was meant to eat, and that it didn't un-do any carefully balanced ecological chain-of-command on its way to my belly.
This is going to require some hardship - I can't afford to eat grass-fed beef, free-range chicken and/or wild seafood every night of the week. I'm also not in the habit of dining out in the sort of places that only use the aforementioned ingredients on a regular basis. To add insult to injury, a big part of my life right now involves traveling in rural areas with an already limited selection of dining establishments. But I'm a smart, resourceful, stubborn girl, and I'm sure that I can make it work. ...Pretty sure. 85% sure. Check back to the blog regularly for updates on my adventure. I'll be sharing with all of you, as candidly as possible, the various ups and downs of my new life as a "humane-itarian". Wish me luck!