Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Good Food, No Beef

There is some debate on the number two cause of global warming. Some say it's deforestation. Some say it's soot. Some say it's transportation. Some say it's agriculture.

The ones who say agriculture include soot and deforestation and transportation under that umbrella: Forests are slashed and burned to make room for beef cattle, which produce methane the same way they produce manure, or to make room for monoculture grains used to feed beef cattle, which evolved to eat grass. The grain is grown using fossil-fuel-based fertilizer and is cultivated and harvested by fossil-fuel-run machines and is transported--as are the cattle--by fossil-fuel-run transport. Then the cattle pieces are transported here and there until they end up on tables.

Charlie says, "That does it. I'm not eating meat any more." I'm like, "But, honey, you haven't eaten meat in years. You're going to have to take it up before you can quit it."

Anyway, here's what we had for supper last night.

Vegetarian Taco Salad
Fantastic World Foods taco filling mix
can vegetarian refried beans--no lard
shredded lettuce
chopped tomatoes
organic or vegan cheese
corn chips or tortilla wedges

In a soup plate (a deep plate with a wide rim), arrange lettuce and tomatoes. Heat beans, prepare mix according to package directions. Put the hot stuff on the plate. Sprinkle with cheese. Eat with chips or tortillas.

It was really good!

I think I'm fairly self-indulgent, and I'm telling you, this meal was not a sacrifice. It was pretty, too, before we mooshed it all up and poked it into our cakeholes.


1 comment:

anthony stemke said...

If cattle could just only eat grass, the flesh would be tasty, tender and contain the healthy omega 3 fats.
The cheap grain, being carbohydrate, fattens the cattle (more profit)and changes the omega profile.
I believe in dominion over animals,but not cruelty or mistreatment.