No, it's not okay to eat veal.
If you're already eating adult animals, why pussy out at baby animals? They all die for your pleasure anyway.
The "bland old-fashioned veal" was so off-putting.
Heirloom Veal is where it's at.
Once we solve the guilt-free foie gras problem our utopian carnivoria will become a reality.
All this Slog commenting makes me question how I am still employed.
Veal is vile.
Now, why not switch to Buffalo Veal? Less methane, free range, but still morally objectionable ...
'Now if only they can figure out a way to deal with that methane problem…'
That's right Erica, demand that someone else take responsibility and do something about it.
Go eat some bacon hotdog, and quit complaining you whinyass.
Ask, and the Germans deliver. A pill that helps cows digest methane. Supposed to be good for them, too: more energy extracted from the feed.
i eat lamb. they're young & cute.
i eat eggs from "cage-free" chickens.
so why say no to veal if they're "cage-free"? since i've crossed the cute-baby-animal line already, i don't think i can.
I will only eat veal that has been force-fed pate'.
I'm so glad I don't eat meat anymore, the longer I go without it the more disgusting the whole prospect is. I don't miss it one bit, there are so many other things to eat besides little cute well fed baby calves.
Thanks @8- looks like you have alot say to say on your blog about the transit issue. it's just too complex of an issue for me to belabor, but kudos to you.
i like comedy and technology best. Sarah Silverman has a sort of funny song in that movie of hers last year. She comes down real hard on jews for driving german cars. i don't know, I think the germans have superior scientists, thank god they exist, and i've gotten to ride as a passenger in a Mercedes, which felt like heaven. This Methane pill sounds like a good thing.
Really, eating veal already helps address the methane problem. Specifically, if you eat 'em while they're young, they have less time on the planet to produce methane, so total methane production per cow/calf is reduced compared to the year/18-month cows that most folks eat. Plus the little guys are tastier :)
(I'm kidding about the methane problem by the way, because it requires more calves to produce the same amount of protein in the bigger cow, so it's probably all about equal in the end)
Methane is only a fraction of the problem. The meat industry produces more greenhouse gasses than all of the cars/trucks in the world combined. The meat industry is the single greatest destroyer of the environment in the world (air, land, and water).
Not to mention that eating meat cuts an average of 6-10 years off your life and supports major Republican financial backers.
Eating meat is probably the least environmentalist or progressive choice you can make in your day-to-day life.
(one of many sources)
I'm with jamier. Fuck cows and their emissions. If Sound Transit would divert .05% of its tax revenue to killing cows, I'd get behind ST2. Let's cut GHG's!!!!!!
Jamier brings up a good point, and it's the only one that consistently provides me with a good reason to stay veg.
Another interesting thing about that stat - Livestock raising creates huge amounts of methane and nitrous oxide (37% and 65% respectively, but far less CO2 than automobile use. Methane and nitrous oxide are far, far more effective greenhouse gases than CO2, i.e. they trap much more UV radiation. However, CO2 stays put in the atmosphere for far longer. The way I read this? If we cut down on the amount of livestock we raise for meat (or at the very least, use smarter/greener methods) it will cut down on atmospheric greenhouse gas faster than if we cut down on auto use. ('course, CO2 is bad for other reasons, such as oceanic acidity, but that's a whole new can of worms)
They haven't changed anything about veal raising in Whatcom county in Washington. They've got those damn little plastic beehives all over the place. If you're going to eat veal, please, know where it came from - don't assume it's free-range. I've got no problem with eating meat, but the conditions those calves are in are pretty horrific. Otherwise, that's good news. I've been hoping for a while that people would wise up to raising them that way.
And for you guys opposed to eating calves because they're cute... veal is a byproduct, not a primary product. It's something that exists because dairies only need so many cows. The cows have to calve every year to continue to give milk, and once a herd is up to size, the calves aren't needed. They'd be killed one way or the other - so I'd just like it if they had a decent life on the way through.
The average vegetarian human produces as much methane as the average cow.
I ate meat for over thirty years, until I came to the realization that to kill another animal so that I can eat when there are non-violent alternatives available was wrong. I hope there will come a time when we understand as a people that animals are not ours to destroy, but instead are our responsibility to protect.
As Albert Einstein said:
"Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet"
See, this is why I like seafood.
OK, admittedly, I've got a 20 pound ham that I just bought (99 cents a pound!) in my fridge for dinner this weekend - and lunch - and dinner - and lunch ...
Your post reads like a news release from the Cattlemen's Beef Board. You can continue to "like" your meat, furthering your contribution to undue suffering and environmental awfulness or you can amend your diet in favor of a more compassionate and sustainable world.
I was under the impression that "real" or "original" veal was from an unborn calf, tender and succulent meat, such as it is, back in Roman/kind of end of Roman times, up to Gallia...
in any case Demi-glace and Espagnole are sublime, and making them is something of an art unto itself.
I only eat babies on special occasions. Grown ups for regular meals.
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