Part of the Ethical Eating Task Force’s mission is to educate people about the true cost of their food; where it comes from, how it was grown or raised, who grew or raised it, and the journey it took to get to your plate. What you pay at the supermarket may be only a fraction of the foods true cost and often fails to consider the spiritual currency that is involved.
When most people think about Thanksgiving they think about turkey, or perhaps ham dinners, without much thought to how these animals were raised. If the truth be known, and it should be, almost all of these animals (over 99%) live their entire lives in confined spaces, usually wading in their own excrement and not receiving any care if they become ill or injured. Still living but injured turkeys and pigs are simply tossed in the trash as if they were garbage. Such is the modern factory farm system where profit, not caring, is the guiding principle.
It’s not easy or comfortable to think about these things. “I don’t want to know” is the common reaction. But when we close our eyes to the suffering we tacitly condone it. Unitarian minister Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote: “You have just dined, and however scrupulously the slaughterhouse is concealed in the graceful distance of miles, there is complicity.”
This year why not a celebrate a Happy Thanksliving? Consider one of the many healthy and tasty non-meat alternatives to the “traditional” fare. Be thankful knowing that this act of kindness can spare future generations of turkeys and pigs an unthankful life of suffering and misery.