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a year of greener thinking

Carnivore, omnivore or herbivore?


Here’s an interesting story from The Washington Post on a growing trend: Americans’ conflicted feelings about meat consumption. Ironically, I’m posting this after a decidedly not meat-free weekend in Milwaukee.  (Maybe I’ll amend my New Year’s resolutions to include a vacation/shared foods exception?)

“Even as millions of Americans continue to gobble down gourmet burgers, dry-aged steaks, chef-driven charcuterie and bacon-wrapped everything, they’re regularly forced to consider the potential consequences of their actions. Environmentalists want us to think about the greenhouse gases that meat production creates. Humane advocates want us to consider the suffering of animals. Doctors want us to ponder the health implications. And the medical community would like us to understand the potential fallout — otherwise known as antibiotic resistance — of pumping farm animals full of drugs.”

After returning to Chicago, a friend and I went to a vegan/vegetarian Mexican restaurant, Quesadilla La Reyna del Sur, in Bucktown this week. (The “chorizo” taco is fantastic.) Back on the wagon for now . . . but still not sure I’m ready for soy-based sheep.


2 thoughts on “Carnivore, omnivore or herbivore?

  1. I wanna go to that restaurant!!! I’m attempting to go vegan for Lent, though I’ve already made up exemptions for myself for when I’m excused…

  2. I’m trying to go vegan for Lent too! (Also with exceptions . . . you can’t abstain from seafood during a week in Florida, right?) We’ll have to exchange recipes!

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