This past weekend a conversation with Kashif, and Asim got me thinking. (Ahem, please note the shout out) We were talking about Kashif's chacha (paternal uncle) who lives out in the country and buys his own free range chickens that lived happy lives frolicking in the fields before they become, well dinner. The taste of these chickens is unlike any other I've ever eaten... and that troubles me.
Some months ago I grew troubled when I learned what the animals we eat, eat. As I researched, I was horrified to learn of factory farms. I vowed a life of only veggies but talking to Kashif's mamu (maternal uncle) who works for Tyson and has all sorts of degrees in agriculture -chicken- cow related studies he talked me down from my vegeterian cliff based on his research and experience. He did recommend drinking milk from cows not pumped up with hormones inducing lactation because it stays in the milk but he didn't think it was a big deal and drank such milk himself.
So I put it out of my mind till recently when I read this post by Tee. I also had not read the particular article on factory farms that I posted above back then either. Reading the wikepedia article just made me feel ill. So now I'm back in "indecisionville." I am not opposed to meat but it doesnt sit well with me that their lives were so cruel and inhumane. I love hamburgers, chicken fajitas, kebobs, and all other sorts of yummy goodness and if the treatment was fine I woul not be having an issue. To give up this is a real struggle for me. If I decide not to eat regular meat anymore is it fair that Kashif stop too? Organic meat is very expensive so meat would be eaten a lot less frequently. Do I make two seperate meals for dinner every day? If I go to someone's house for dinner odds are they arent serving organic food, do I just eat the vegetarian dishes? What if they have no vegetarian dishes? Doesnt that look rude? Most of the things I know how to cook are meat related and I dont like Tofu. It probably doesnt seem like a big decision but it feels like one to me. Anyone been through this or have an opinion?
Ignorance was bliss. *sigh*