March 2018: Casey

As I mentioned in February’s guest contributor series, it’s so important to me that I expand this blog to include other opinions besides my own.

March’s guest contributor series, written by my brilliant friend Casey, just proves how passionate of a human she is. Check out her thoughts below:

 

Feed the resistance!

Hi all! My name is Casey and I LOVE to eat. Food to me is a microcosm of the community, a means for connection, comfort and love.  And hell, it’s 2018 – so let’s add activism to that plate.

Like the goddess Lena Dunhum said, “whether you’re preparing meals for activists, bringing people together in your home, or cooking for yourself as a meaningful act of self-care, being in the kitchen is a tangible and effective way to literally feed the resistance.”

For me this means not eating meat. As environmental science has advanced, it has become apparent that the human appetite for animal flesh is a driving force behind virtually every major category of environmental damage now threatening the human future—deforestation, erosion, fresh water scarcity, air and water pollution, climate change, biodiversity loss, social injustice, the destabilization of communities, and the spread of disease.

If the environment doesn’t concern you (*EYE ROLL*) maybe the treatment of the animals you eat – including what they eat does….Like “Big Pharma” there is also “Big Meat.” A cartel of corporations that have devoured family farms and continue to house animals in horrific prisons that carry-out daily animal abuse. These “Big Meat” companies are held to zero standards, watch any animal rights documentary and you will understand the horror these animals endure from birth to death.

Although meat may taste good, it is not sustainable. By giving ourselves these boundaries we actually create the space for a healthier future.

My favorite meat alternatives:

  • Soy Chorizo from Trader Joe’s
  • Jackfruit (canned, no brine)
  • Kung Pao Tempura Cauliflower from Trader Joes

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