(US/ca) Vegetarians give in to humanely raised meat
- [The Daily Titan]
It’s become downright fashionable to eat meat again.
The fashion started a couple years ago, when vegan actress Jennifer
Connolly succumbed to her pregnancy cravings for turkey burgers. Next,
former-vegan actress Mariel Hemingway, who starred in Woody Allen’s
“Manhattan,” began touting the virtues of buffalo meatloaf and
grass-fed pot roast. Recently, acclaimed vegetarian chef and cookbook
author Mollie Katzen admitted that she too is foraging for more than
just roots and berries down on the farm.
What’s prompting this carnivorous conversion among the rich and
not-so-famous? For some former vegans and vegetarians, it’s the
availability of cruelty-free, fully-sustainable, free-range beef,
lovingly raised on small farms by producers concerned more with the
animal’s welfare than with their profit line. Many people say this
kinder, gentler form of cattle-raising mitigates the factors that
caused them to become vegetarian or vegan in the first place.
Sociology major Crystal Wishart, 34, converted to vegetarianism three
years ago after watching Fast Food Nation, a 2006 film that examined
the health risks involved in the fast food industry and its
environmental and social consequences.
“I was so grossed out by it, I couldn’t fathom eating meat of any
kind,” she recalled.
Last year during a trip to New Orleans she “succumbed to all the yummy
smells and sights” and began eating meat again. Now she peruses the
aisles of Trader Joes and Whole Foods Market for humanely-raised,
sustainable beef and chicken without regret, she said, not only
because of the way the animal was raised but because the meat is
healthier, fresher and tastier than factory-produced meat.
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