0.44%, and that includes horses

“Meat Eater’s Guide”

On Monday the Environmental Working Group released their version of a life cycle assessment for meat production and consumption.  From what I know, this is the first attempt to to model the entire meat system instead of only modeling livestock production.  That effort deserves some applause.  But hold on … you really need to read the document. Continue reading

Slaughter, Harvest, and Implications of the New Diction


slaughter Look up slaughter at Dictionary.comc.1300, “killing of a cattle or sheep for food, killing of a person,” from O.N. *slahtr, akin to slatr “a butchering, butcher meat,” slatra “to slaughter,” and slattr “a mowing;” related to sla “to strike” (see slay), from P.Gmc. *slukhtis. Meaning “killing of a large number of persons in battle” is attested from mid-14c. The verb is from 1530s. (Source:  etymonline.com) Continue reading

“I feed my family the same thing?” <– Really?

I have a couple of questions I like to ask people when I hear or read the popular comment: “I feed my family the same [insert meat of species] that you purchase in the supermarket.”  Really?  I think such a statement is disrespectful (though likely not the intention) to the contemporary food system, the same system that means farmers distant from a consumer base can continue to exist in their current form.  Often, this message comes from a producer who has enlisted the services of a local butcher to transfer a home-raised farm animal into their home freezer. My questions include: Continue reading