eeepapillon wrote:Point is vegetarianism, locavorism and buying organic food has somehow recieved this opinion that it's only for wealthier people and hippies ('greenies' whatever you wanna call them), and it's not something the mainstream population should take part in. The biggest issue, I think, to encourage a healthier planet is how to change that.
Least that's me.
Study finds drug-resistant bacteria in Canadian supermarket chicken
About 67 percent of chicken has harmful bacteria, according to a study conducted by “Marketplace,” a Canadian consumer advocacy newsmagazine that is broadcast on CBC Television.
“Marketplace” researchers wanted to test grocery store chicken for harmful, drug-resistant bacteria and bought 100 samples of poultry from supermarket chains in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal. The samples included some of the “most familiar names in the poultry business,” says CBC News.
Lab analysis of the chicken found that two-thirds, or 67 percent, had bacteria. But the surprise wasn’t just the E. coli, salmonella and campylobacter bacteria found in the chicken. Rather it was that all of the bacteria was resistant to at least one antibiotic.
Even more frightening, the researchers found some of the bacteria had resistance to “six, seven, or even eight different types of antibiotics.”
In interviews with “Marketplace,” doctors and scientists said that the problem could be the result of chicken farmers giving too many antibiotics to their chickens, to make them stay healthy and speed up the growth process.
MissBotanicals wrote:I personally don't think vegetarianism is a part of Druidry.
DJ Droood wrote:MissBotanicals wrote:I personally don't think vegetarianism is a part of Druidry.
It is sort of a moot point...very few of us will ever give up our meat, cars or flying...there are always ways to justify our behaviour...dismiss "global warming" as a scam, etc....make sure we have reusale shopping bags....Druidry is mostly about meditating, buying books, "self improvement", driving to events and lighting candles, so I would have to agree with your assesment. I'm certainly no different.
MissBotanicals wrote:They may be small changes, but I like to think they help.
chadly wrote:Just like most things, I find all or any of the above fit well within Druidry, if the Druid in question engages in such eating habits from that particular spiritual viewpoint. So, no need to feel like you HAVE to go full-out vegetarian - if you feel as though you need to change your eating habits, there are other options as well!
DJ Droood wrote:chadly wrote:Just like most things, I find all or any of the above fit well within Druidry, if the Druid in question engages in such eating habits from that particular spiritual viewpoint. So, no need to feel like you HAVE to go full-out vegetarian - if you feel as though you need to change your eating habits, there are other options as well!
And I think you hit the note here, regarding druidry...although it is nice to think that druidry can save the planet and protect mother nature and the environment and our fellow creatures, that is really not a central theme...it is more about what we do for ourselves, spiritually...the various techniques and observances that make us *feel* like we are "connected" (however we define that) with nature, or god...perhaps that is even too outward looking....it makes us feel connected more to ourselves.
My argument here had been, originally, that evaluated honestly, the modern meat industry is a polluting, destructive horrorshow for not only the animals, but the whole planet..it is near the top of the list of human activities in terms of environmental destruction. I am guilty of viewing druidry as a spirituality that encourages you to make personal decisions based on the needs of the collective...how do my actions effect everyone else...but I am reminded again and again that it is a personal path, and about individual choice, and connection to that which is inside of us.
I have to admit, I don't eat meat because it is the easiest thing I could think of doing that would make a significant difference...I am far too lazy to give up my vehicle, although that lies within the realm of feasibility, and too much of a selfish hedonist to give up air travel. Not eating a KFC Double Down (and her sisters) is the least I can do. Seriously, the very least.
Marthe wrote:I stopped eating meat some years ago now. I was studying in Scotland during the mad cow disease outbreak and watching the bloated dead cows being piled up and burned made me feel sick. And sorry for the cows. So I decided to stop eating anything that came from a cow. Some months later I decided to cut out pork as well. I had had time to think about the whole vegetarian thing and I had tried it for one week but got so hungry I had to start eating meat again. Mainly because I didn't know what to cook instead. But after a lot of talk on the news about what medicine the pigs are given I decided once and for all to cut out pork. I still ate chicken and with a bit of 'research' I found out what vegetables I could supplement with. After a while the whole 'eating meat' thing seemed discusting to me so I decided to stop eating chicken as well. I do still eat fish and I sometimes think I am a bit pathetic because fish are living creatures as well but I am also concerned about getting the right amount of nutrients and vitamins. So for now I eat fish.
MissBotanicals wrote:I just wouldn't be able to go back to eating meat, the smell and even the thought that I am eating the flesh of an animal kinda makes me feel a little sick.
MissBotanicals wrote:I personally don't think vegetarianism is a part of Druidry. It's only down to how the individual feels. I became vegetarian wayy before I even discovered that Druidry exists.
Ivy Leaf wrote:With this I mean, there's a thin line linking many parts of "my self" and they're all rooted around the same ideas. Being interested in Druidry, becoming vegetarian or using herbal remedies could have happened at different moments in my life and in a different order, but in the end, they were (and are) all a part of me. I sometimes feel they were always there, just waiting for the right moment to click, give them a name and start bubbling...
(Sorry if this hasn't made any sense...I'm forgetting my English).
chadly wrote:Flexitarianism, in which either one is primarily vegetarian, but eats meat occasionally, or is generally a meat eater, but also engages in vegetarian eating on occasion. ... There's also Pollotarians, who eat poultry but not red meat, and pescetarians, who eat seafood, but not red meat or poultry.
...By 2030, the world's population will have reached eight billion, a figure the world's meat farms might not be able to feed. Mass insect farming could provide a more sustainable food source.
Insects are high in protein, relatively low in calories, and cause much less environmental damage than cattle. A meal made from silkworms is, pound for pound, just as nutritious as a beef steak, but farming the worms would require seven times less feed, far less water, and creates no methane footprint.
MasterChef Thomasina Miers has created a three course meal, starting with worm crisps, followed by grasshopper salsa tacos and cricket tostados topped with pecorino, radish and orange – and finishing with chocolate-coated locusts for pudding.
"The packet says they're like popcorn with a difference," winces Bennett-Jones, after a worm crisp: "I would stress the difference."
"A bit like crunchy anchovies," says another guest about the crickets. I grab some tostadas. They're juicy, salty and have plenty of texture. I have eaten the future, and it tastes delicious.
But since I was sort of talking to the animal anyways, it made me think what the animal would think if it was alive and an Anglophone? Probably something along the lines of "You're thanking me? You B**** don't THANK me! Give me my life back! You can live on tofu!" I couldn't justify thanking an animal for a 'sacrifice' which was really an indulgence. I'll be able to live with myself for that again only if it's life-or-death.
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