Sarah Palin recently said something that threw my whole world into disarray. It was as though everything I every believed in was suddenly turned upside down. She said something ... I agree with. Something I applaud!
What was this great proclamation of hers? She eats organic meat. And, the only difference between her organic meat and mine is that she has to shoot hers.
Her organic meat doesn’t come tidily wrapped in a Styrofoam tray, it comes wrapped in fur.
And you know what? That’s the way it should be!
I’m not saying that you should buy your chickens complete with feathers and feet. And the thought of your pork chops arriving with pig skin still attached is a little hard to take.
If we all lived the way Palin claims to, our only sources of meat would be that which we killed ourselves. We’d have to take the rifle and gear and head up into the woods for a day or two, where we’d lie in wait for the perfect shot.
But we’d also be a lot closer to the food we eat.
These days, our food is completely anonymous. We don’t know where our apples come from. We don’t grow our own carrots. It’s rare that we even shop at local farm stands. We never even see the hands that harvested our cucumbers.
We are even more removed from our meat. No one wants to eat meat with a face attached, and so we don’t. Instead we have someone, in some distant plant, butcher our meat down into barely recognizable portions. No fur, fins, feathers, or faces.
As a result, it’s a lot easier to just not care about where that meat comes from. I’m not just talking about the people working in the packing plants -- it’s about so much more than that. We never see a farm, never meet a cow. We never see how they live their lives. We never look them in the eye.
That leaves us with a lack of respect for the food that we eat. People who live like Palin -- who hunt for their food -- know very well the lives of their food source. They know where the deer drink, where the moose sleep. They are completely aware, when they pull that trigger, that they are taking a life. And this gives them a regard for that animal's sacrifice that most of the modern world will never experience.
What do you think about Sarah Palin's statement?
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