Sunday, March 18, 2007

Fast Food Nation

Oh, the impact that movies have on our lives... Last week Chris and I saw Fast Food Nation, a film that explores the fast food industry, specifically the meat suppliers and their work/health ethics. I did ok until the end of the movie when they showed the "kill" room in the slaughterhouse. Ugh. Vomit central. Consequently, we are currently exploring non-cow/pig products. My mom had this saying growing up that she didn't want to eat anything that she couldn't personally kill. And knowing my mom, I have no doubt that she would take out a cow if it meant feeding her family. But...I'm not quite so brave. To Chris' chagrin a couple years ago, I proved myself to be very non-alaskan by being unable to kill a salmon while on a fishing trip. Thankfully, I was able to redeem myself a bit the next year by pounding the heck out of a fish with a rock. But I'm still not the fearless hunter type. And while I don't really like cows (seriously folks, they are crap (50 pounds a day!) and methane producing machines), I think I'd have a hard time killing one. So, that puts us in an interesting position, beef-wise. I'm pretty sure I could kill a chicken. Yep, I'm pretty sure about that. So, this week we explored turkey hot dogs, chicken sausage and tofu. Yum. We'll see how long this little thing lasts. :)


  1. What you couldn't kill a cow? Good luck with not eating beef this week. You realize that's how I became a non-meat eater, I cut out beef and pork first. Then I got really sick of chicken and had to stop eating it. Thankfully I still eat fish.
    Even though cows are very dumb and messy I have to admit I do like them and would love just to have one. Yes, I'm a bit odd.

  2. No, I think lots of people would like to have a cow. I was doing some work at a site that had a resident herd of cows and we adopted one for the week. "Daisy" greeted us every morning when we pulled up to the site. I would love to have goats. My parents have a sod roof on their garage and for a while we contemplated the idea of having a pygmy goat up there to keep the grass clipped.

    It's been an interesting week in terms of eating. I broke my vow almost immediately because I'd just bought several packages of humbow (I don't know how you spell it) that were filled with BBQ pork-my favorite! I decided that since I'd bought them pre-movie experience, I wasn't going to waste them. Same thing with the hamburgers we had last night. I didn't eat beef or pork for about two years in college but I couldn't give up poultry or seafood. Eventually I went back to eating red meat but we've been trying to limit our intake. I think Chris was most disgusted by the stats on beef: something like 11 pounds of grain is required just to produce one pound of beef.

  3. just watched Fast Food Nation, it's an impactful flick to say the least... earlier today i passed up a sausage mcmuffin because of it. Evidently it is worth passing up fast food for more than health reasons.