Nausea

This anti-meat-industry essay, narrated by Paul McCartney and initially posted in late ’09, made me sick. That’s the intention, of course, but also the reality. I’ll never stop eating fish (especially salmon) but I never buy steak or hamburger or chicken or pork to bring home. The entire country is going to be overweight or obese by 2048, in large part due to fast-food meats. Face it — the majority of fast-food eaters are probably going to vote for Rick Perry and Michelle Bachmann.

34 thoughts on “Nausea

  1. TL on said:

    Don’t kid yourself — commercial fishing is a ecological disaster:

    http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2011/08/enjoy-your-tuna-sandwich

  2. The entire country is going to be overweight or obese by 2048, in large part due to fast-food meats.

    The key word there is “fast food.” At a good restaurant or home, it’s perfectly possible to prepare beef and (especially) chicken in healthy and nutritious ways.

    Face it — the majority of fast-food eaters are probably going to vote for Rick Perry and Michelle Bachmann.

    Which is about as accurate a statement as this headline.

    In the meantime, here’s another celeb for Jeff to add to his “dead forever” list:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/moslive/article-2029537/Avatars-Zoe-Saldana-Its-trendy-hate-Americans-right-now.html#ixzz1WMYAuB00

  3. I’ve been a Pescetarian (what a terrible cuntish term) for about 10 months now. Of course fish are actually treated by far the worst, but we have zero emotional connection with them.

  4. Don’t argue with Jeffrey’s happytime magical pretend view of the world in terms of politics. Nearly everything from now until Nov. ’12 is likely to have one of his clumsily-applied, politically-connected quips.

    In JeffreyWorld, Obama voters are hip, educated, urbane, well-dressed bon vivants who enjoy French films and have a way with the ladies. (in short, how Wells views himself….seriously…..stop laughing)

    African-Americans overwhelmingly vote Democratic. Low income whites vote Democratic. Both groups are far more likely to patronize fast food than any other demographic. Sorry, I know, it’s far more fun to picture a fat, Southern, mouth-breathing, Wal-Mart shopping, Perry-supporting redneck powering down on a Big Mac.

    DiscoNap…. so eating fish is okay because they aren’t as adorable as cows and pigs?

  5. …..and so far as the rising level of obesity goes…. there are much guiltier culprits than store-bought beef and pork.

    Like….uh…..let me see….. SUGAR. And sugar.

  6. Jeff, try reading Eating Animals by Jonathan Foer. I think you’d dig it. Great premise that raises all sorts of questions about what we’re comfortable eating and why.

    Just read the chapter on what the impacts are if beef catches on in China. Scary stuff.

  7. Fast Food Nation is also a great book, and its author (Eric Schlosser) was/is quite open about his admiration for, and enjoyment of, In-N-Out.

  8. bluetide…. you mean low-income whites only live in the South? Wow. Learn something everyday.

    And yes, I can read polls.

  9. Note that Jeff didn’t say he doesn’t eat meat, only that he doesn’t bring it home.

    Situational vegetarian, Jeff?

    Hypocritical much, Jeff?

  10. You’re conflating a couple things that don’t go together. Eating meat that’s been properly raised, and eating it in reasonable portions, is totally sustainable and isn’t going to make you fat (to the contrary, actually, if you’re going with the lean stuff). I know vegetarians who are too heavy because they think not eating meat is enough to stay thin, but then they gorge themselves on butter, cheese, oils, etc. There are a lot of ways to get fat.

    It’s a tricky business trying to discern the relative morality of eating animals, foul, fish…hell, there’s been some research that plants actually feel a version of what could be called pain. To me, you’re making arbitrary distinctions whenever you cut ANYTHING unilaterally from your diet. (not to mention the fact that humans are omnivorous, which means our bodies expect us to be giving it a little bit of everything)…Except fast food. You’re right about that. Don’t eat that shit (and much of it literally is shit).

  11. That’s terrible, but if you want the real horror show about humans’ relationship to non-humans, you need to watch Earthlings, which you can do for free now.

    http://www.earthlings.com/earthlings/video-full.php

    It should be required viewing. And those who talk about “humane” killing of non-human animals in order to consume their flesh are simply making arbitrary speciesist distinctions that (surprise!) benefit their side of the species line.

  12. boldnative: And those who talk about “humane” killing of non-human animals in order to consume their flesh are simply making arbitrary speciesist distinctions that (surprise!) benefit their side of the species line.

    Ah, speciesism.

    When are you guys producing alternate versions of the video aimed at all of the different animals that also eat other species?But I guess it’s harder to sell them copies.

    Maybe if we can’t get them to stop, we’ll just have to get rid of them. That’s the only way to have a truly “humane” planet.

  13. “Buk94 reminds me of Carrie Fisher in The Blues Brothers.”

    Fascinating. You should tell us some more things that remind you of other things and then collect them all into a book that nobody will ever read.

  14. Watching what happens to the the animals in that video is only slightly more unsettling that watching Paul McCartney slowly turn into Angela Lansbury.

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