I went to save-a-lot (not bad) to get a cheap mango (again, not bad) that wasn't rock hard (and it wasn't) but I went hungry (bad) so while I was there I wandered (also bad), rather than wait in the one very long line, over to the frozen food section (uh oh) and after looking at the frozen veggies (which would have been good) and turning down the opportunity to buy frozen microwave mac and cheese (good) and pre-made hushpuppies of questionable origins (also good) I grabbed a totinos party pizza (bad). A cheese pizza (very bad) for 99 cents plus tax (not as bad as it could have been).
Up until then the day was going fine- buns with EB for breakfast, a couple scoops of coleslaw for lunch (lazy, right?- need to move it into gladware today), then off to the store. Of course, if I'd just eaten a dratted burger with one of those rolls, this wouldn't have been a problem at all. Or not as much, anyway.
But no, I went to the store hungry, bought a cheese pizza of questionable ingredients, and nommed my way into a cheese induced coma that lasted from about 7pm until I finally stopped hitting snooze at 6:30 this morning.
So, not vegan. Strict veggie? Lacto-veggie? I try to keep politics out of this, I mean, it's food, right? But food is pretty political, and the veggie/ vegan/ omni/ animal welfare/ animal rights thing tends to be really political. Planting and harvesting with tractors and combines kills animals- lots of them. Planting and harvesting with a shovel and hoe and bare hands kills animals, even if they're "only" worms and bugs. Big dairies feed *a lot* of calves into the veal industry, and keep cows in pretty unpleasant surroundings (anyone driven past a feedlot?). Would a small home dairy work any better? What about if the dairy was the money making side of a rare breed preservation effort?
Is there such a thing as ethically raised dairy? Even if you have a dairy cow and keep all the offspring as seriously over-sized lawn ornaments/ pets, you'd be breeding the cow every other year.
I guess the real question is (swiftly fading lactose tolerance aside)- is it better to take yourself totally out of something, or to support (financially or otherwise) things that make steps in the right direction? I don't see myself ever eating meat again, but family members do. If I (twitch twitch) bought them meat from small herd, grass raised cattle, that had been treated more like animals than figures on a balance sheet, would that be better than letting them buy the equivalent amount of agribusiness "meat" because I don't think it's right? In the same way, is it better for me (inability of my body to digest much of it aside, again) to cut dairy out totally, or to source, buy from, and promote smaller dairies with practices I'm more ethically comfortable with?
Sorry, just rambling at this point.