i got to choose the menu for a meeting today. bless my company, over half the people present were vegetarian. sp instead of ordering a few tokens of meaty food, i said, 'let them eat veggies!' lo and behold, everyone survived. plus, the fare was a lot healthier than the usual meeting food, where even the vegetarian food is unhealthy thanks to the loads of cheese.
anyway, during the meeting, we got to discussing grass-fed meats and animal compassion in raising meat. the possible environmental impacts of choosing to raise beef as grass-fed rather than grain-. you pay more, as they say, but the positive environmental impact is worth it.
right, i thought.
then i thought about the lengths that we go to in order to eat meat can be filed under 'ethical' in terms of decency and environmentalism. i wonder why more people don't go the route that i did. you know, at least cut down on the bloody stuff. eating vegetarian is so simple.
a couple of quotes:
“Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.”
- Albert Einstein
“If anyone wants to save the planet, all they have to do is just stop eating meat. That’s the single most important thing you could do. It’s staggering when you think about it. Vegetarianism takes care of so many things in one shot: ecology, famine, cruelty.”
- Sir Paul McCartney
"I am conscious that meat eating is not in accordance with the finer feelings, and I abstain from it whenever I can."
- Dr. Albert Schweitzer -1952 Nobel Peace Prize recipient
"There will never be any peace in the world as long as we eat animals."
- Isaac Bashevis Singer
“I have no doubt that it is a part of the destiny of the human race, in its gradual improvement, to leave off eating animals…”
- Henry David Thoreau
"The time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look on the murder of men."
- Leonardo Da Vinci
jesus, I'm in some good company by not eating meat.
so anyway, folks, time to get off my soapbox to go feed some of my favorite fellow veggies - the rabbit & the torts. :) they get some fruit left over from today's meeting!