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No dilemma, the human omnivore’s prerogative is unsustainable

Radical slow food guru Joel Salatin is not popular with vegetarians. New Age wisdom has held that modern man had to transcend meat, the only sustainable future calling for us to cut out the middle beast and narrow our source of nutrition to the more efficient vegetable kingdom. Except it turns out that agriculture is no more sustainable than mining. Here's the lesson I gleaned from Joel Salatin's lecture last Saturday. Nature wants to grow grass not grain. The greatest environmental disaster to befall Earth was mankind's development of wheat. Calling humans omnivores pretends we can eat anything, when in reality outside of meat we're limited to the product of tillage, for the most part requiring irrigation and fertilizer. A sustainable biosphere calls for perennials cycled through their consumers, ruminant herbivores. As omni as we wanna be, we're not herbivores.

Cornmeal

Lack of money to pay for higher priced cornmeal is what is helping starve millions in Southern Sudan, Kenya, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Somalia, and elsewhere in Africa. Many are just a few weeks from dying because they can't buy the cornmeal at current prices.   See: ZAMBIA: A better meal than maize-meal. and: Facing hunger in Kenya's Kajiado. 7458

No such thing as a free sandwich

In traditional farm villages, the slaughter of pigs in particular was left to professionals, because their human-like screams haunted the people. Not enough to turn them off eating pork, but at least the killing of farm mammals was ritualized to accord the animals respect for their sacrifice. Today's consumers are oblivious to the lives at the other end of their food supply, be they exploited workers or animals. For most of us the chasm is geographical and socially insulated. But why am I surprised that it is also willful? At the suggestion of foregoing the eating of pigs for the reward of a lighter conscience, the discussion in my circle was truncated to this consensus: "I just want to enjoy a good sandwich." Our sentiment about war for oil, homeland security and cheap clothing. 5099

Go Vegie!

Vegetarianism is not for everybody, but it would be a great thing if it was the in thing for most of us. Too bad that in America, the vegetables and fruits available to buy are most often pathetic things, costly, and even rotten at times. The factory farm model of production just is not very appetizing, and many turn to fat, artificial colors, and chemicals to try to get some ´taste´in what they eat. Instead, we get health problems that slowly waste many of us away. Here are the Top Ten Reasons to Go Vegetarian During World Vegetarian Week (May 19-25) 3357

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