Gail, I had to laugh at the Singer quote. I tend to stop eating meat in the summers, but what has pushed me closer to vegan this year was the time we got stuck behind a poultry truck on the way to work.
I wasn't really paying attention to what was in front of us, and how they were packed.... until the light turned red and suddenly all this green slime was sloshing off the back of the truck. The stoplight gave me the chance to really look. At the slime. Dripping down from each layer, onto the ones below. It hit me on every level. Definitely the health of the chickens.... But also concern for the health of the environment, with all that sludge trailing everywhere. And the health of the meat and the eggs, with so many of the birds bathing in the sludge.
Whatever changes I'm making to my diet, it's not for *my* health.
As far as Lynda McCartney, I've never heard her used as an excuse. But I have an example closer to home.... When I was a kid back in the 70s, my dad used to read the magazine "Organic Gardening". We did compost when compost wasn't cool. He baked bread. Made yogurt. I remember him ranting about the claims that something as artificial as margarine was healthier than butter.... And yet, he died of stomach cancer at age 44. But I don't blame the organic veggies (actually, I wish I had tried to learn more, instead of trying to get out of helping in the garden) or the butter. If it was food related, I'm sure it had much more to do with the amount of coffee he drank.
Thanks for the interesting topic.
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