Tuesday, October 1, 2013

October 1 - World Vegetarian Day

Copyright © Françoise Herrmann

Lots to ponder, and no telling anyone what to put on their plates, in their mouths and into their bodies – at least not without great caution or very careful investigative research - as Michael Pollan may have discovered on tour for his opus and many sequels (Pollan, 2007, 2008, 2009).  But perhaps that, today, we can all honor those little creatures that carry the burden of health and that give us so much in terms of information for our well-being at the cost of their small lives and a lot of suffering. Perhaps, that this Oct. 1 day can be a day of thanks to the millions upon millions of animals who die for us, not only the ones that feed us, keep our bodies warm, and our feet protected, but also the ones that give us hope and insight, at the cost of their own, otherwise completely insignificant, lives.

Pollan, M. (2007) The omnivore’s dilemma: A natural history of four meals.  New York, NY: The Penguin Group.
Pollan, M. (2008) In defense of food: An eater’s manifesto. New York, NY: The Penguin Group.
Pollan, M. (2009) Food rules: An eaters’ manual. New York, NY: The Penguin Group.

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