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Change in direction: Low-meat/no-meat low-carb eating

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My weight has been stubborn, and I do know the benefits of vegetarian diets—indeed, at various periods I have lived on a vegetarian diet—but when I switched to a low-carb, high-fat diet (no change in protein amount), it just was easier to go meatward.

But then this morning Minhee Cho has in ProPublica a podcast and article “The Disturbing Ways America Keeps Up With Its Demand for Meat“:

When we go to the supermarket, we rarely think about how that piece of chicken or piece of pork ended up on the shelves. There’s a high level of disconnect when it comes to our food, author Sonia Faruqi says. We don’t know how the animals were treated, or the conditions on these industrial farms.

She joins ProPublica reporter Cezary Podkul on the podcast to discuss her book, “Project Animal Farm” – pulling back the curtain on how America keeps up with its insatiable demand for meat, dairy and other products, often with little regulation or concern for the external costs.

[Article has audio here. – LG]

  • The ‘Frankensteinian genetics’ sown into our livestock: Chickens today grow at an extremely unnatural rate. Their legs often cannot keep up with the weight of their bodies and actually collapse underneath them, Faruqi says. “It would be similar to a human being gaining hundreds of pounds in the first couple of months of life.” (1:28)
  • The environmental cost of factory farms: “They contribute more to global warming and to climate change than all the transportation in the world combined,” Faruqi says. The industry is really becoming a “global goliath.” (5:34)
  • How America’s factory farm model has been exported elsewhere, much like Hollywood and our fast food obsession. (10:26)
  • What can consumers do? For starters, we can reduce our meat consumption. Per capita, Americans consume 300 pounds of meat, dairy, eggs and other animal products per year. “It’s unsustainable, it’s inhumane and it’s also very unnecessary,” Faruqi says. (20:02)

You can listen to this podcast on iTunes, SoundCloud or Stitcher, and check out Faruqi’s book, “Project Animal Farm,” for more on America’s food industry.

So I used a search engine on “vegetarian low-carb diet” and “vegetarian low-carb diet recipes” and the like and got a good collection of stuff to try. While I may not eliminate meat entirely, I am going to be cutting it way back. It should help the budge, help me lose weight, and help my conscience: the way factory farming treats animals really is shameful. But… profit: anything that improves profits is not only allowed but actually mandatory, so treating food animals well is simply not going to happen.

I feel chagrined that it’s taken me this long.

Written by Leisureguy

10 August 2015 at 10:31 am

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