Changing Our Carnivore Ways

I know that the title of my blog post is also the title of a popular book written by Michael Pollan. I am truly not attempting to steal from him. However this latest piece seemed apt to use the same title. For some time now I have been a little addicted to food. I love to cook and experiment in the kitchen. Just check out my food blog and see for yourself. I am interested in all aspects of food. From nutrition, to proper cooking techniques, as well as where it come from. Now don’t get me wrong, I am not a food snob, I like a bargain just like all the rest of us and will shop at wal-mart, but recently I have been considering a few changes in my approach.

Another food writer that I admire quite a bit is Mark Bittman of the New York Times. I have been reading his recipes for years. Now that he has taken over the opinionator column for the times I love to read his deep insight into all aspects of food. Lately he has written a lot about food production, it’s strengths and weaknesses. This prompted me to dig a little deeper and research a more. After reading his article “Rethinking the Meat-Guzzler” from the January 27, 2008 NYTimes world section I came up with this illustration. It addresses the topics that Bittman and Pollan write about. Chiefly that as westerners we consume to much meat.

The most interesting thing I learned was that it takes two to five times more corn or soy to feed cattle that is being produced for our consumption. I, like the author, thought that food could be used to feed a whole lot of people instead of the cattle that in the end is not that great for us. Now don’t get me wrong I like a burger as much as the rest of us and do not plan on giving it up, however I am changing my approach.

After a chat with my wife, as well as having her read the article, we both decided to commit to eating less meat. Somewhere in the order of 70/30. It is a start and after all we are not trying to save the world just do our part.

If you like the artwork, and are more curious about the article take a look for yourself by clicking here. I wold love to hear your thoughts on this matter, as well as the artwork, so if you have a moment please feel free to leave a comment.

Thanks, Doug.

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