Monday, April 5, 2010

Moby wants to speak with you about meat...

A book. By Moby. I'm pretty sure there's no whale.
I just read an interview with former "pretentious philosophy student" Moby, as he discussed his latest project: Gristle From Factory Farms to Food Safety (Thinking Twice About the Meat We Eat).
Working with Miyun Park (Executive Director of Global Animal Partnership), Moby is one of the growing number of vegan and vegetarian celebrities who've taken their cases to larger and more literate courts. If you thrilled to the omnivorous exploits of Michael Pollan (Michael J Fox's foodie brother-in-law), you'll recognize that these are not the sorts who toss red paint at mink stoles or even pose nude for PETA. (Not that there's anything wrong with that. Ms. Silverstone walks it like she talks it. Even when laying down.) Not that there's anything wrong with that.
Moby and Park are prepared to engage a wider audience, not just preach to "the choir," the animal lovers and trendsters who are dabbling through their "I don't eat anything with a face" phase.
I live on a former dairy farm. My neighbors do as well, since the original acreage was, of course, divided and subdivided. Here on this stretch of The Beach, many tracts were fields once full of beeves and Bossies for the production of burgers, butter and ice cream. These farms were family operations; they knew their livestock (some maybe by by name) and were as considerate of the animals' welfare as any Yankee can be about any investment. The estate continues to use the old wooden structure, and it could still operate as a heifer facility.
I know a fellow who grows local grass-fed beef, and since he sells the meat around hereabouts, he's part of the local economy. He doesn't seem to be a cigar-chomping tycoon, but the agribusinessmen who are charged with stocking our supermarket freezer cases and butcher department displays are different, as the motion picture Food Inc pointed out:

Moby's new book addresses the effects of factory farming and "how" says he, "it destroys communities, and workers, and animals, and carnivores. and how it’s subsidized every year by $50,000,000,000 of our tax dollars." I'm looking forward to reading this collection of essays. It'll be released tomorrow.
While we're on the subject: March was National Nutrition Month, and the American Dietetic Association has a great deal of information for those interested a vegetarian lifestyle, or those devoted to simply subverting the military-agricultural complex.
Although I'm pretty sure that that's not how they would put it.
(This presentation features an advertisement featuring Alicia Silverstone.)

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