Monday, November 5, 2012

Reading Response Seven

            There’s something about the phrase, “you’ve got a live one on the rail,” that haunted me during my dinner at Stacks. I kept picturing this animal suffering in order to become my dinner that I was hardly appreciating at 10 pm. On a tangent I thought about this environmental ethics class that I had to take over the summer after Pollan mentioned Aldo Leopold. Leopold was in charge of hunting and killing wolves out west. After he and a friend heartlessly slaughtered a mother and a few of her cubs as they were crossing a river Leopold came face to face with the dying wolf. Leopold saw something in the wolf's eyes that changed him forever and now he's this hugely talked about environmental ethics guys. Just an interesting side story, you should look into it. Katherine, Kelsey, and Joe were all witnesses to me eating, book in hand. I devoured my salami Panini and while I enjoyed it a foul taste stayed in my mouth. While I was attempting to swallow the meat from who knows where (dare I ask Sodexo?) I also was thinking about how Marin talks about the importance of transparency. We value transparency in journalists, administration, etc. and yet the masses are not yet calling for transparency in food. Pollan discusses the importance of meet and decide and how if you know where your food is from you can then choose if you have any interest in eating this. This makes so much sense to me, especially how realizing the damage that even eating an egg can do in a seemingly harmless situation. You’re not even saved by vegetarianism; don’t try telling that to my little sister Grace, she refuses to even listen to the word meat anymore. I shot a gun like once in my life. I was visiting with two of my guy friends and they made me take aim out of a window at a woodpile. I cringed as I pulled the trigger and I haven’t shot one since. I was trying to analyze my experience as thinking about hunting. I look forward to discussing these different methods of obtaining food and their implications. As Pollan mentioned in the section of his perfect meal, it is so interesting how the body breaks down life in order to sustain life. 


  1. I love Pollan's sentiment that the walls in meat processing plants should be made of glass. You address transparency well here. I think that might be a good thing to suggest at the food forums! We want a food service provider that serves food good enough for us to follow from farm to table.

    The body does break down in order to create and sustain new life and I'm so glad you reminded us of Pollan's words here.

  2. I, too, (predictably) love this idea of food transparency. And I love the connection you make with it to choice. Perhaps food transparency could be an alternative to strict government regulation. I mean, if all anyone desires is freedom of choice, then don't we first need to truly understand what our options are? I think we're going to have a lively discussion in class today!