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~ Friday, December 27, 2002
It's a source of some removed pride to me, that a relatively dry place like Logan can see the need for a wetlands, and use it in a responsible fashion. When everything is up, there will be plenty of territory safe for humans and animals, and at the same time they've picked a sound method to fix their waste problems.
~ Monday, December 23, 2002
Today I fell off the wagon.
About 11 years ago, when I was still married to Carole, I attended a photography workshop at a wonderful place called Hollyhock, run by Dewitt Jones. While there, I discovered the joys of vegetarianism. While I had slipped a couple of times over the past few years, first allowing seafood and then poultry, aside from two accidents that were quickly rectified, I've not knowingly eaten beef or pork. But today i threw in the towel, and had a wee little bit of Jo's meatloaf.
It was good.
But I'm setting some ground rules. I've never been vegetarian or semi-vegetarian or lacto-ova-pesco or whatever the hell you want to call it for ethical reasons (although certain practices, like tiny cages, must be stopped); the vast majority of the animals that we eat have been bred over thousands of years for just that job, and it is a part of my genetic and cultural heritage. My objection is to the environmental damage being done when we raise these animals for food. Vast amounts of toxic waste, antibiotics, displacement of native species, these and more are serious problems. So we will be making an effort of purchase free-range, organic, granola-eating horoscope-readiing meat, or else relying on guides like the Audobon seafood one.
I'll still be eating plenty of vegetarian dishes, including my veggie burgers, which I dearly love. And I think I'll search out some numbers for a later post, percentage of meat in the North American diet vs. other continents. I seem to recall hearing that it was ridiculously high.
No more fatted grasses, Jena.