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You mean the generation that paid three times as much for college to enter a job market with triple the unemployment isn’t interested in purchasing the assets of the generation who just blew an enormous housing bubble and kept it from popping through quantitative easing and out-and-out federal support? Curious.
—When comments are better than the article, Atlantic edition (“The Cheapest Generation: Why Millennials arent’ buying cars or houses, and what that means for the economy”)
What they did not want you to ever find out is that your generation, the generation born between 1980-1995, actually outnumbers the Baby Boomers. They knew that if you ever turned your eye towards political reform, you could change the world. They tried to keep you sated on vapid television shows and vapid music. They cut off your education and fed you brain candy. They took away your music and gave you Top Ten pop stations. They cut off your art and replaced it with endless reality shows for you to plug into, hoping you would sit quietly by as they ran the world. We as a society are only as strong as our weakest link. Give ‘em hell, kids.
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The Ethics of What We Eat
Local produce is always better, right? That has been the global consensus. No matter what, we should always support our local farmers and eat their products whenever we can. No matter what. Many live and die by this idea, forcing their way towards any local grower. The problem, Peter Singer and Jim Mason argue in their seminal work “The Ethics of What We Eat,” is that environmentally speaking, local is not always better. They give an example of how out of season tomatoes grown in a greenhouse use far more electricity that tomatoes grown in season elsewhere on the planet and shipped via barge to the supermarket.
Another example, in the heart of the “hippie green” movement in the United States – San Francisco – shows just how important this volume on food is if we are to become a truly ethical eater. The overall goal of the text is to give insight into what we eat and how we eat and the concepts behind those choices we make.
There are three stories that delve into this dramatically, each taking on three very distinct families and their dietary choices. From “meat and potatoes” in one family to the supposed “ethical eater” made popular by Michael Pollen to the ultimate cruelty-free eaters on the opposite side of the spectrum. Through the discussions with these families it becomes known why Americans are eating the way they are, money and access becoming major parts of the “average” household.
We know the numbers, and as vegans, in many ways, we are more educated than others on the ideas of food. It has become almost second-nature to be aware of our surroundings and the animals that are harmed throughout the food industrial complex. However, Singer and Mason are not overtly promoting the vegan diet, even if by the end it is clear that it appears to be the best choice. Instead, they react as skilled tacticians, discussing the ethical nature of numerous and entangled decisions that Americans are making toward their plates.
In many ways it is easy to argue this is a volume is even more important to the vegan society as a whole and animal rights than the monumental text “Animal Liberation” for the sole reason it develops the argument that cruelty-free is the likely outcome of evolutionary trends without being, as the meat-eaters so-often argue, “in your face.”
Mason and Singer eloquently detail how the choices we make on a daily basis are the culmination of the knowledge we have at the precise moment we choose to purchase a food product, meat or otherwise. They are sympathetic to the meat and potatoes family, but ultimately rule their diet is part of a growing problem facing many Americans: economics. Those struggling with work and children and the daily grind have limited options for a healthier lifestyle and thus resort to what they know.
In the end, this seminal volume should be part of any avid food connoisseur as it shows, with intricate details the insides of our food consumption and how it can be battled. We must, the authors argue, be willing to look at our choices and what we put on our dining room tables with open eyes in order to best understand and decide what is best for ourselves, our planet and our families. A must read.