Sherman Co-op 4/2/12

This was the second time I had presented at Sherman Co-op, the Berkeley Student Cooperative's all-women house. The audience was relatively ...This was the second time I had presented at Sherman Co-op, the Berkeley Student Cooperative's all-women house. The audience was relatively small (only 9 people), but very engaged. At the end, two people said that they want to boycott all factory farmed products! One woman in the audience said that she wished the New York Times would write about this so that more people could find out about the atrocities of factory farming. I was happy to tell her that Mark Bittman, the NYT blogger, writes about factory farming on a regular basis. His most recent article, A Chicken Without Guilt, examines the fake meat industry. He sums up the choice perfectly: "Would I rather eat cruelly raised, polluting, unhealthful chicken, or a plant product that’s nutritionally similar or superior, good enough to fool me and requires no antibiotics, cutting off of heads or other nasty things? Isn’t it preferable, at least some of the time, to eat plant products mixed with water that have been put through a thingamajiggy that spews out meatlike stuff, instead of eating those same plant products put into a chicken that does its biomechanical thing for the six weeks of its miserable existence, only to have its throat cut in the service of yielding barely distinguishable meat?"

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