Totally! I am at the Ecological Farming Conference in Pacific Grove, which commenced tonight. Nicolette Niman was the plenary speaker, a mere hour ago. SheMessage 1 of 2 , Jan 26, 2011View Source
Totally! I am at the Ecological Farming Conference in Pacific Grove, which commenced tonight. Nicolette Niman was the plenary speaker, a mere hour ago. She sounded like she was from the liberal wing of the Beef Council. She was loaded with statistics about why eating meat does not cause heart disease, and why it does not cause global warming.
She had this classic line: “Animals are not nothing.” She was saying that in ethical farming (like at Niman Ranch), animals do count, unlike at CAFOs. But she didn’t just say, “Animals count.” She said “Animals are not nothing.”
She said she had been a vegetarian for 26 years, which was puzzling.
As to your other point, I have noticed the trend with restaurants in SF. Places like the “Fatted Calf” are trendy. (I have a hard time understanding why that name induces appetite.) I’ve met people who rave about pigs in France who are raised on a diet of truffles – their “products” cost $100/lb at places like Bi-Rite. It’s a big thing with the hipsters, a narrative about how meat is hip and cool and sustainable – maybe a kind of green washing? Fatted Calf is supposedly ultra chic, but the whole phenomena that it’s part of seems gauche… I want to tell these people, “You want to eat meat? Ok. But get real. Stop with all the fluffy P.R.“ Sustainable animal husbandry is like 1% of the meat industry.
Around New Years, the Chronicle had a cover story (Food Section) on “the 10 best Bay Area restaurants.” I scanned the descriptions, and each featured rarified, masturbatory meat products. None seemed to feature veg dishes. And it’s 2011? In a blue state?
Thanks for raising this subject and I know exactly what you mean. I hope I can hear the John Robbins interview later because I can’t listen to it during the broadcast tomorrow.
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community should respond to the growing "raise your own animals and
eat them" trend. I'm also seeing several new restaurants in the Bay
Area with very few veg options. It seems like eating meat is in
fashion again, as long as you know where the animal was raised and
slaughtered. So many food justice writers and activists, who are doing
excellent work, still eat meat as long as it's "local." Has anyone
else been thinking about these issues?
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