“…to stop eating MEAT, has a way of alienating us from our histories and our traditions and the people around us.”

16 Feb

Important — I think — op-ed piece from Times:

In “The Omnivore’s Dilemma,” published in 2006, before the connection between diet and climate change had become so mainstream, Michael Pollan wrote about his reluctance to become fully vegetarian. To do so, he wrote, would mean losing something along the way that “I’m not prepared to dismiss as trivial”; that what seems like such a simple decision, to stop eating meat, has a way of alienating us from our histories and our traditions and the people around us. It is an unideal irony that the pull of these forces has become stronger for me even as combating climate change becomes ever more urgent. [my emphasis]

Some day I’m going to be asked to put my money where my mouth is and asked to eat something like grasshoppers or monkey brains that I find gross, like people I know find kidneys or sheep intestines, which I love, and then we’ll see what happens. In the meantime, cool read: “I Admire Vegetarians. It’s a Choice I Won’t Ever Make.

In the meantime, p.s., missing Malay Chinese in Athens.

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