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    August 30, 2009


    beautiful post, and awesome photos.

    Another great post! I think if people respect the fact that something had to die for their meal people would change their eating and food purchasing habits. How many cows, fish, and chicken do you think are just thrown in the trash by McDonalds in a given day just so people can have their burger in 30 secons. When I worked at McDonalds in high school I was shocked by how much food is thrown out. Not given to homeless shelters, not composted, just flat out thrown in the trash. 55 gallon bags of burgers, chicken sandwiches, fish patties, nuggets thrown out at each store every day, 365 days a year. McDonalds and other fast food places are esentially killing animals and throwing them in the trash. Its really unconscionable.

    That is why people sholdn't have problems with hunting. The people who hunt use almost the whole animal and certainly don't throw away the meat.

    My dad and my brother both hunt and I have been pretty ticked multiple times by exactly the attitude you describe. How could eating an animal that got to live free in the wild be less humane than eating one squished in a pen eating an unnatural diet? And like you I eat meat but know that I would have trouble killing them myself. I did resolve to stop buying supermarket meat--and have stuck to it 95% of the time--a couple years back. I have excellent beef, chicken and pork from a local, organic, free range supplier. Yes it is expensive--but I would rather eat less meat and feel better about myself. Given my penchant for fatty cuts of pork and beef it is better for me too.

    Speaking of, fall is here and now I am craving braised COW. :)

    Thanks Anita - I will say that when it comes to great fish pictures, you still win. :-)

    Thanks Jeff! I will say that while I agree with you about most hunters, there is a segment that seem to be in for the trophy aspect of it. I don't have a lot of respect for that because the bigger the animal, the less likely they will be to eat it because they meat is usually gamier.

    The amount of waste in the food industry is mind boggling. There's not a lot I personally can do about that (although I try not to eat at fast food places) but I have gotten a lot better about reducing my food waste. I save all my vegetable scraps for stock. I freeze leftover bread for crumbs. It's a process. I wish more people would be aware.

    Laura - We're buying most of our meat from a local, humane producer as well. Which means we're eating A LOT less meat. I still sometimes am tempted too much by a manager's special at Krogers but for the most part, we don't buy CAFO meat. The pork (AKA pig meat) we buy from River Ridge Farms is soooo much better than any CAFO pork we could buy.

    And there's no way I could ever go back to eating grocery store eggs after eating real eggs. So good!

    We really don't think very much about the impact our food choices have on our world. Food seems to be too easy to get to warrant that thought in this country so we take it for granted.

    I've just found your blog. After having participated in an 'eat local' challenge last fall, we have become committed to buying locally grown food as much as possible. We live in Belgium, in a fruit, dairy and meat producing area. It's not that hard to eat local here... We become more and more committed each day.

    Thank you for this post. My husband and I visited a slaughterhouse to see how the animals we eat are killed, and at least there, it's not cruel--it's quick. I don't know if it's painless, but I hope so. The animals we have here are raised outside, with their mothers. The chickens we buy are free-range (amazing what walking on legs does to develop the drumsticks!).

    Thanks for the photos as well. I went to grad school at UTK and got to love that part of the US. I love to see photos.

    I like your blog. I'll be back!

    Thanks Kate! I love this area of the country. It doesn't have the awesome, jaw-dropping beauty of the West but it's a more quiet kind of beauty. And we're getting into the prettiest time of the year so I'll make sure to post more pics.

    Europe seems to have a much more balanced sense of the origins of their food. I'm hoping that the more people here demand to know where the food comes from, the more choices we'll have.

    I don't think there is anything wrong with killing things so we can eat...I am totally against cruel ways of killing though.
    My son caught his first trout last year and it was a fantastic meal for us and him!!!!

    I bet your son was so excited! I was pretty thrilled the first time I caught a trout. We were hiking and had it on the fire, wrapped in foil with rosemary about 5 minutes after I caught it. Wonderful meal!

    Oh wow. I wish I had met you at blogher food. I went to college in Johnson City, TN. I love that area. Beautiful. Also, had I had more than a microwave in college, I would have made some amazing local foods. Going to enjoy your blog.

    I wish I had met you too! How about next year? :) My parents live in Kingsport and will be moving to Johnson City when they build their house on Boone Lake. Did you go to school at ETSU? I went there for a year. It really is a gorgeous area.

    Excellent post. It makes me realize the energy that words and pictures can have. I learned a lot, thank you!

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