Before Big Goverment and Big Corporation took over the meat industry, this part of the country was filled with Cattleman. Ranchers. Men who bred, raised , bought & sold steer for the table. My gramps was one of those men, so trust me, I cannot live without a delish rib-eye every now and again..but those were the days before antibiotic & growth hormone filled cattle. I tried veggieism successfully for 2 years, until my 28th birthday. My bestie ordered a filet , I looked down at my underwhelming pasta dish and lunged at her plate with enough intensity to make Edward Cullen look like a kitten.. I’ve been off the wagon since. However, I limit myself to only really good meat. Im not preaching vegetarianism, although I think its noble and healthy, just balance. I think you can respect animal life, be healthier, and make a smaller eco impact and still have your steak( occasionaly) and eat it too.
Here’s a little food for thought. The world is running out of clean drinking water, yes even us Americans. A cow drinks 40 gallons a day. On average, Americans consume 3 cows in their lifetime. Not to mention the water it takes to grow the millions of pounds of grain it takes to feed cattle. The pesticides for the grain ( most commercial corn crops feed cattle not humans). The fuel for the trucks to ship the grain, and so on & so on.. Imagine what a positive environmental impact on not just our earth, but our region, if people simply only ate red meat two or three times a week. I’m a country girl, and it feels wrong , disloyal..? to think like this, but in less than 2 generations the “family farm” has been replaced with corporate meat companies and their processing plants. Don’t know what I’m talking about? Take a drive out to Dodge City. The town of my old Wyatt Earp ancestors has become less of the Wild West and more of an undignified ending for cattle by the thousands. Meat processing plants one after another along the highway and a very, very foul odor for miles. My hubs is from the east coast, and last year he had a meeting with a client there . He had never been to southwestern Kansas before. He was so grossed out. All he could say was ” People in this country have no idea where their food comes from.” Not really the type to give up meat, that trip inspired his new hobby, hunting . I love my midwestern rural culture, but there is nothing rural about big corporate processing plants feeding our big fat nation from our back yard.
Now I know what your thinking.. How am I “green” and (gasp!) condone hunting..? Just because I don’t belong to PETA doesn’t mean I dont respect animal life. I think there’s some dignity in getting your meat Avatar style, but not from buying products that test ruthlessly on animals. Don’t we all know a girl who is a vegetarian because she luuves cute and fuzzy bunnies, but is wearing enough makeup to have off’ed 2 or 3 & and would sell her soul for a pair of leather Jimmy Choo boots ?
So want red meat but not a hunter? Buy responsible meat. Its really easier than you think. Most local butchers in good stores like Hy-Vee or Hen House know about the meat, just ask. I usually skip the overpriced organic chain supermarkets, for smaller local butchers. They are becoming few but with great websites like www.eatwild.com and www.kcfoodcircle.org its easier to find the bounty of local farms. While your at it, give your state’s (often underfunded and overlooked) conservation department a nod as well. And remember, even you carnivores, it really is healthiest to only eat a few times a week. Do your heart and your butt a favor and save the burger for your hangover, and the yummy steak for a night out.
So what does all this have to do with beauty? Well I admit, sometimes this blog isnt always DIRECTLY about the salon or the beauty biz, I’ve tried but I can’t help myself :/ Think about this, we’re all consumers right? Gobbling up natural resources, food, and products. If you chow on lil less food that comes with a face, over time you’ll force the entire system to become healthier and cleaner. The multi- billion dollar beauty industry literally uses tons of animal by- products they aquire from those icky plants mentioned above. The “downer”cows too sick to eat are processed anyways for well known beauty & cosmetic companies. An informative read, “the Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry” helped me make some changes. It might make you want to purge your beauty bag, but like I always say.. small changes. At least useing cleaner versions of the ,most toxic items it will make a BIG difference.
By making a few small changes in your diet, you’ll not only be healthier but you’ll be part of the solution, and not the problem