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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Must-Read Articles: 'Bellying up to environmentalism'

We know more than we've ever known about the innards of the global food system. We understand that food can both nourish and kill. We know that its production can both destroy and enhance our environment. We know that farming touches every aspect of our lives -- the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the soil we need.

So it's hard to avoid concluding that eating cannot be personal. What I eat influences you. What you eat influences me. Our diets are deeply, intimately and necessarily political.

This realization changes everything for those who avoid meat. As a vegetarian I've always felt the perverse need to apologize for my dietary choice. It inconveniences people. It smacks of self-righteousness. It makes us pariahs at dinner parties. But the more I learn about the negative impact of meat production, the more I feel that it's the consumers of meat who should be making apologies.

This quote comes from Bellying up to environmentalism, a very interesting and powerful article written by James E. McWilliams and published on the 'Washington Post' on November 2009.

Actually I do not apologise for being a Vegan and I think that if it happened to me to be with people that treat me like a pariah because I don't eat meat, they are people that I don't want to see any longer. But it's absolutely true: most people want you to feel ashamed of your way of life. Most people want you to apologise because you disagree with them.

I do not feel ashamed of what I am. Never.

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