1. i think people need to have access to food that is good for them, their history, culture and biological needs.
2. i think food needs to be raised, cultivated, etc. in ways that are safe, humane, environmental for animals and people.
3. comparing animal raising to slavery or other human systems of torture, genocide, concentration camps, etc. is offensive to those who have endured those systems and diminishes and desensitizes people to those systems.
4. manure, a mainstay of organic farming is as much an animal product as meat, milk, eggs and leather. i don’t know how anyone can think she can step out of that reality. (and in an organic garden/farm, the carnivores are the good guys, because the herbivore “pests”– that’s what they’re called, eat the crops. farming is cruel to plant eating insects, snails and other absconders.)
5. condemning eating dogs or horses while having no problem with killing cows, ducks, chickens, sheep and goats is cultural bigotry and self righteousness.
6. there’s a circle of life and it includes for many species eating meat– either as carnivores or omnivores.
7. there are some medicines that come from animal products and discussing the morality of eating meat without considering that, is outright ableist, and in trajectory, genocide.
8. industrialized society, specifically settler colonialist entities are disconnected from the trajectory of most of our actions. food is no exception.
9. i have raised and slaughtered my own food. i am aware of the process.
10. whenever we save money on something it means a person is probably only making 2$ a day on that product. that outrages me.
11. people going about their lives as if other people weren’t in prison unjustly and inhumanely or being bombed by the empire, that outrages me.
12. the conditions that workers endure to put food on our table, that outrages me.
13. i really see no moral difference in outcome, all things relative, if someone knows where meat comes from and if they don’t. dead is dead. though i do think more awareness would bring about greater food justice to people and animals.
14. i have no idea how animal rights activists “check” themselves. it’s not like bessie the cow can say to you “hey, i know your intentions are good, and you’re really up there with that human savior syndrome, but you don’t really represent my interests. you see, i’ve been historically selectively bred specific to a particular human need for thousands of years, and if they stopped breeding me, i would cease to exist, my species would cease to exist. so unless you’re expecting to have a herd of cattle as pets, or are demanding huge public spaces for us to roam freely, i really don’t see how all your efforts don’t simply result in genocide for me and my cow peeps.”
15. would that food police, food fascists and animal “rights” activists focus their outrage in responding to environmental racism, food deserts, equitable access to food, food choice and healthy food options.
16. i support species rights– the rights of species to endure. i support environmental policies that protect people and animals.
17. the dismissing of the eating of meat as “simply cultural” is another example of cultural imperialism and racism. let us instead support traditional food production, which is often much more consistent with humane treatment and environmental safety and stewardship. we must respect historic and traditional hunting grounds, animal domestication, agriculture, family and communal farms and permaculture.
18.live and let live– i don’t see meat eaters going around demanding everyone eat meat, as part of an essential political mandate. (though the bullying of vegans and vegetarians to eat meat, by meat eaters they know is also unacceptable behavior.)
19. animal rights movements that don’t address the issues of dis-ability access to society, including to autonomous food choices and body autonomy and don’t denounce peter singer and peta are not allies in any struggle for social justice. so just don’t even talk to me. you weren’t talking to me anyway. i wasn’t really human– or animal, for that matter.
(in numbering these points i am not suggesting a hierarchy of importance. i’m simply counting.) um meat, i love you let me count the ways. _____________________________________
some source material that inspires me to fight on, even when i’ve been raided and interrogated by the food police:
“The truth is there is no meal we can eat without killing. None. A trip to your local grocery store for tofu and spinach leaves may not include a single animal product but the harvesting of such food costs endless animal lives. Growing fields of soy beans for commercial clients means removing habitat from thousands of wild animals, killing them through deforestation and loss of their home. Songbirds and insects are killed by pesticides at legion. Fertilizers are made from petroleum now, and those fields of tofu seeds are literally being sprayed with oil we are fighting wars over. Deer died for that tofu. Songbirds died. Men and women in battle died. And then when the giant tofu factory harvested the beans they ran over those chemical oil fields of faux-food with combines that rip open groundhogs, mice, and rabbits. Tear apart frogs and fledgling birds. It is a messy and bloody business making tofu or any of that other non-murderous food.What about organic tofu and vegetables? That doesn’t include chemical fertilizers and the companies are mindful? Right? Well, that is correct. But if you are not using oil to fertilize your crops then you are using organic material: manure, blood, bone, fish, etc. You may be a vegetarian but your vegetables are the most voracious of all carnivores. That small farm at your local green market needed to lay down a lot of swine blood, cow bone, and horse poop freeze-dried in bags marked “ORGANIC” to grow those carrots so big and sweet. Animals are an integral part of growing food for us, as food themselves or creating the materials that feed the earth. And the earth must be fed.”