eric olthwaite wrote:Mrs O and I are well on the way to being vegetarian, and we've agreed that neither of us will fly again, barring emergencies.
But then the other day I'd just finished a Snickers, and then read an article saying that the country with the fastest rate of rainforest deforestation is Ghana, where it's being cleared to grow cocoa beans to meet the West's ever-increasing demand for chocolate.
I fuckin' give up.
I stopped eating meat when I was 17 and got really into animals rights, as only teenagers can do, went to all the demos, read all the lit, saw the videos (well before the internet) at Leeds Animal Rights meetings, spent loads of time down the end of Brigate demonstrating when McDonald’s opened their first restaurant in Leeds. Was great fun. After a year I was a strict vegan cutting out every type of food that was “abusive” to my values, brought half my food from Beano paying ridiculous prices for organic potatoes and ecover washing powder that never got anything clean. Luckily the group also had a food coop, and we stated buying food wholesale, otherwise I’d probably have starved,
Anyway. It ended up that ritually the only thing I could eat was potatoes I’d grown in my own back garden and fertilized using my own crap. When the skin started peeling off my fingers I realized I had probably taken it too far. Taught me a lesson for life. The food industry is invariably shit, and it’s definitely worse today that it was in 1984-5, so all you can do is your best.
Being a vegetarian these days is easy, you don’t need shite like “beyond meat” but it’s good for folks, like me, who are lazy as fuck, too busy to think too much about what they throw down their necks, and who can afford to pay three times the price or more for a burger.