…we’re friends for the moment, at least until Thanksgiving…
Meet Novella Carpenter, Oakland, California resident, urban farmer and former vegetarian turned conscientious carnivore. In the new issue of Utne Magazine she talks about what it’s like to both raise meat and farm in urban setting (appropriately title Blood & Guts) What’s most telling about this piece is not about urban farming at all; instead it is her troubling views on her time as a vegetarian:
I think [my] philosophy was really juvenile. It’s hoping something doesn’t have to die. It’s very Babe or Charlotte’s Web. But the final, logical conclusion to being a vegetarian or vegan is that farm animals will cease to exist.
And on conscientious meat eating:
A lot of my vegan and vegetarian friends have told me, ‘This is the only acceptable way for you to eat meat.’ I think that’s true. You see the conditions that [factory-farmed animals live] in. If it’s this mindless thing where you don’t know where the meat came from, you don’t know how it died; to me that’s kind of gross.
Could her example be a clear case against movements such as Proposition 2, the possible consequences brought on by the animal welfare movement and the push towards so-called “humane meat”?
Plug in your thoughts below.