Simple Steps to Eat More Compassionately

CNN’s 5@5 blog recently wrote of 5 simple ways to include more compassion into your diet. Some of these may shock you!

1. Eat less chicken products including eggs
Chickens are some of the most abused animals, as Gene Baur explains. “Chickens raised for meat are often crammed by the thousands into filthy warehouses and denied access to the outdoors, fresh air and sunlight for their entire lives”. He also says that chickens that are raised for eggs are packed so tightly they never stretch their wings.

2. Choose a new milk
“The only way for people to consume cow’s milk is to routinely tear newborn calves from their mothers as dairy cows are trapped in an endless cycle of pregnancy and lactation. Pushed beyond their biological limits, they are worn out and sent to slaughter after just a few years ‘in production!”

3. Do not eat  foie gras
Thankfully, we most likely do not come across this delicacy too often. “Foie gras, or fatty duck liver, is only produced by the systematic and abusive practice of over feeding ducks via a metal tube that is forced down their throats.”

4. Go veg- at least once a week
“Simply decreasing your consumption of factory farmed meat will prevent countless animals from living a life of pure misery.”

5. Eat, eat, eat more plants!
“From salads and pasta dishes to vegetarian meats and cheeses, there’s a new world of flavorful alternatives to enjoy as part of a kinder, healthier eating plan”.


The post finishes with some food for thought:

“It’s 2012 — isn’t it time we stop eating foods produced by industries that treat animals like unfeeling commodities and start eating in a way that reflects the healthy, evolved, compassionate society we aspire to be? Let this be the year you opt out of eating cruelly. You’ll be amazed at how great it feels (and tastes) to eat compassionately.”



5@5 is a daily, food-related list from chefs, writers, political pundits, musicians, actors, and all manner of opinionated people from around the globe.

~ by Kate on January 5, 2012.

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