Archive for the MEAT POLITICS Category

Renewable Energy is BS!

Posted in MEAT POLITICS with tags , , on September 24, 2008 by chomposaurus

Literally. The NYTimes writes about a dairy farm in Vermont that uses bacteria to break down cow manure into methane and other gases, which are then burned in an electricity-generating engine. And I say: more power to them. Haha. Unless, of course, we start getting too many subsidies and people are opening cow farms just to produce “green” energy. Remember, all those farting cows still produce a lot of greenhouse gas.

You Are Not Allowed in My Car or House If You Eat This Insanity

Posted in Fast Food on September 11, 2008 by chomposaurus

Look, I’m all about spicy meat, even dangerously spicy meat. But one place that does not need to make its meat more gut-wrenchingly disturbing is Taco Bell. That’s just what they’ve done with their latest creation, the Volcano Taco. They even made the shell red. Red meaning: Stop. Don’t eat this. You know better. Go put some chipotle sauce on a homemade quesadilla. Hell, go to Chipotle. Whatever you do, do not bring your gassy, soon-to-be-puking self anywhere near my shit.

Review of this mess here.

P.S. Their spicy sauce is called “Lava” Sauce. That’s not what it’s made from, that’s what it makes. Is all I’ll say.

The Only Day He Skipped a Big Mac was the Day His Mother Died

Posted in Burgers, Fast Food, STUFF ABOUT MEAT with tags on September 10, 2008 by chomposaurus

It’s the worst type of OCD that compels you to eat nothing but Big Macs. But part of me reading this article wants to stand up and shout “USA! USA! USA!”


Black Helicopters above the Meat Wall

Posted in MEAT POLITICS, World of Meat with tags , , on September 8, 2008 by chomposaurus

Running above the fold on the Drudge Report last night was a story about a new report from Dr Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, saying people should endeavor to have at least one meat-free day per week.

As an avid meat fan, I agree 100%. People should eat less meat. Not even because of global warming, but for themselves and their pocketbooks.

Here’s what I think is the biggest problem: “Vegetarianism” is regarded as a lifestyle and (worse) a political choice, instead of just a cuisine. Few people say “we’re going out for vegetarian tonight” the way they might say “we’re going out for thai.” But there’s no reason not to. Eating delicious vegetarian food is almost as simple as calling Domino’s and ordering a plain pizza.

One important note: although it would be helpful in some regards, being a vegetarian who eats a ton of cheese and eggs does not do much to reduce the global warming impact, since, as the article states, there’s wave of flatulence behind the meat wall.

Sunday Protein: Jamaican Beef Shortage

Posted in MEAT POLITICS with tags , , on September 7, 2008 by chomposaurus

A short article from the Jamaica Gleaner (awesome name for a newspaper) describing why there’s a beef shortage in the Caribbean and how it affects local businesses.

Let’s hope it doesn’t impede the supply of Jamaican beef patties.

Your Local KFC Could Be a Terrorist Trap!

Posted in Fast Food, MEAT POLITICS with tags , , on August 5, 2008 by chomposaurus

As I’ve always suspected, that KFC down the block simply can’t be trusted under any circumstances. Here’s what happened. Fox news, basing their report on a few pictures and some emails by soldiers, ran a piece celebrating the opening of a KFC in the previously terrorist-infested Fallujah area of Iraq. Things must be better, they said, if you can get a bucket of popcorn chicken after hitting a bag or three of goat wine.

The only problem? The KFC was fake. TPM did some actual reporting – an activity largely foreign to Fox News – and called KFC, who denied opening any outlets in Fallujah. Now the real question is: were those soldiers even eating chicken, or did some child’s poor pet sacrifice itself so a crafty Iraqi could profit from our desire for greasy crap food?

My bigger issue with the whole fiasco is the fact that we’re celebrating the opening of a KFC at all. Globalization has allowed American fast food chains to open in a lot of countries who regularly appear on human rights watch lists. Having an Arby’s down the street isn’t a sign that everything is a-ok in your country. It’s a sign that someone wants your money in exchange for a disgusting grease bomb.

So let’s look for a better sign that our troops are succeeding than the fact that the Iraqi middle class can order off the value menu, ok? Maybe, like, a working police force, education system and utilities infrastructure? Ok.

A Farm Boy Empathizes

Posted in BBQ, Fowl, MEAT POLITICS, Pork, STUFF ABOUT MEAT with tags , , , , on August 1, 2008 by chomposaurus

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, who usually manages to impress me only with the stubborn denial of his neoconservatism, wrote a great piece this week about California’s Prop 2, which, if approved, would keep factory farms from raising hogs, chickens or veal in small cages. Anyone concerned with eating healthier, more humane meat should support this initiative. Similar ballot measures have passed in Florida, Oregon, Arizona and Colorado.

But the best part of the column comes when Kristof describes his own experience slaughtering geese on his family farm.

Then there were the geese, the most admirable creatures I’ve ever met… Once a month or so, we would slaughter the geese. When I was 10 years old, my job was to lock the geese in the barn and then rush and grab one. Then I would take it out and hold it by its wings on the chopping block while my Dad or someone else swung the ax.

The 150 geese knew that something dreadful was happening and would cower in a far corner of the barn, and run away in terror as I approached…

Very often, one goose would bravely step away from the panicked flock and walk tremulously toward me. It would be the mate of the one I had caught, male or female, and it would step right up to me, protesting pitifully. It would be frightened out of its wits, but still determined to stand with and comfort its lover.

I tried to pet a goose when I was a small child, and it responded by pursuing me with ferocity. At the time I thought all geese were crazy; now I understand that there was probably something more going on. People are already weirded out by eating cute animals (cats and rabbits being unpopular for bbq’s); will they soon be just as repulsed by eating smart ones? Geese and pigs, as Kristof writes, “adhere to family values that would shame most of those who dine on them.”

Is there a slippery slope between this and vegetarianism, or at least (flavor-of-the-month vocab word) pescatarianism? It’s difficult to imagine that. I like to think that it’s a path where our awareness of animal rights leads us to eat a healthier and more sustainable amount of meat. Hopefully, states like Florida and California will take the lead in making sure that meat is humanely raised.

Sunday Protein: The Condo Farmer

Posted in MEAT POLITICS with tags , , on July 27, 2008 by chomposaurus

From the WSJ:

Forget the golf-course community or the manicured subdivision. A number of developers are now offering homes on working farms.

Catering to Americans’ desire to live “green,” developers around the country are creating communities on or adjoining farms, pitching views of sorghum fields, grazing livestock, and local — very local — food, such as eggs residents collect from the property’s henhouse. The communities, however, aren’t necessarily in the boondocks. Some are in suburbs or near cities.

7 Great Healthy (Meat) Eating Blogs

Posted in MEAT POLITICS, STUFF ABOUT MEAT, World of Meat with tags , , , on July 17, 2008 by chomposaurus

The web spawns blogs about basically everything. For instance: meat-eating. So, of course, there are many excellent writers working on the topic on eating well, whether that means eating organic, eating local, eating slow or just eating less. Here’s a list of our current seven favorite blogs about eatin’ good and eatin’ good for you.

Sustainable Table
Creative and original articles about eating organic and local food within the confines of modern life. For instance, a recent report talks about the delights of the “Urban Chicken.”

Slow Food
An amazing organization dedicated “to counteract fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world.”

U.S. Food Policy Blog
The Ethicurean
Two blogs covering the government food policy and media food coverage, with a lot of intelligent commentary.

Local Harvest
This site compiles all the farmers’ markets, family farms and local groceries where you can buy local, organic food. Find some delicious meats near you.

Eat Local Challenge
Besides bringing up many interesting points about eating locally, this blog features a fantastic list of eating-local blogs, which come in handy.

Eat Like Me
This site is creative in a way only the internet allows: you can see what a very healthy, fit, good-looking person eats for every meal, every day. Tons of good ideas, and kind of inspiring.

Chomposaurus wants more healthy eating blogs! If you know some good ones, submit them to us. I’m pretty disappointed we didn’t find a single “organic meat” blog… until such blog appears, you’ll have to stick with us.

Sunday Protein: Buying (Part of) a Cow

Posted in Beef, MEAT POLITICS, STUFF ABOUT MEAT with tags , on July 13, 2008 by chomposaurus

An oldie but goodie from the NYTimes Magazine.

Last summer, when our neighbors in Maine invited us to split a quarter of a Belted Galloway cow that had been pasture-raised less than a mile from our house, we enthusiastically chipped in our $250. In exchange we received what amounted to a year’s supply of hamburger meat, some standard-issue steaks and seven or so inscrutable, humpy roasts that I chose to ignore. Eating our cow — and entreating our friends to eat our cow — became our mission.