For anyone who’s keeping track, this blog entry marks the third time since arriving at Dulcinea that I’ve used “Start Spreading the News” as an introduction to my piece. But today (well, yesterday, but times are tough) the cause is a really exciting, news-worthy one.
Dulcinea has been cited by a blogger as a news source! Our Beyond the Headlines story, “Warner Backs Blu-ray” has been picked up by a technology blogger. It’s great for the company, and kind of extra-thrilling for me, since initially when I wrote the story I thought the main perk would be telling my dad first-hand that he bought the wrong DVD player.
Another news-worthy thing that’s happened this week is that I’ll now have the New York Times backing me the next time someone throws up his hands in frustration and snaps, “Why can’t you just eat a piece of chicken?”
This week, the “minimalist” Mark Bittman suggests, “Rethinking the Meat Guzzler.” Now Bittman himself is a chef, and not a vegetarian. In what I considered a reasonably unbiased (you might even say minimalist) manner, he explains just how much producing meat costs in dollars, and damage to the environment.
In fact, the point of his article seems to be letting us know that a) Americans eat more than we need–an average of 110 grams a day while the FDA recommends 75 and we probably really only require about 30 and b) it’s getting so expensive to produce that amount of meat that soon, as with oil, we’ll have to accept paying exorbitant prices, or learn to eat less of it.
Either that, or the detrimental path to producing more meat will continue. That includes felling forest, making artificial, engineered live-stock, and using land that could be growing food for people to grow food for cattle.
Now, I’m not one of those vegetarian-almost vegans that hates on people who eat meat. I’ve made a few shabby attempts to not buy leather, and they really only last until I need a new pair of shoes (which, due to my “enthusiasm” for shopping actually is about once every two years.) But this article is something that I think everyone should read, because in my experience, no one has believed me when I’ve delivered a similar, though less, articulate, explanation for why I don’t eat meat.
So, ladies and gentlemen: it’s real. Meat is bad for the world. You read it in the New York Times. And Mom: Yes! I got enough protein. 30 grams a day. All the News that’s Fit to Print. Etc.
I am not suggesting that everyone become a vegetarian. As a vegetarian, I know for a fact that it’s a little harder than Bittman says to feel full and healthy without meat. But I am suggesting that people let this article be food for thought, maybe put a little more thought in their food.