i had a good july 4th yesterday. after relaxing at home i went out with some friends to catch the fireworks at fair park. instead of dealing with the crowds we camped out at the meridian room across the street with good beer and food and watched the show.
i have the last bit of turkey left in the fridge to finish up before i go pescatarian. i think the trip to italy is an excellent time to switch to this diet since i’m not generally big on fish. the cruise is known for the excellent food and if i don’t like fish in italy i won’t like it anywhere. if that’s the case i will have try full vegetarian. i really want to cut out mammals and poultry. i’m reading another book about food and for a while i thought i was just choosing books that were pushing vegetarian propaganda. as more time goes on i’m thinking it’s just that i don’t like how the food industry in this country handles meat. right now i’m reading the omnivore’s dilemma and the chapters i’ve read so far are focusing on america’s dependance on corn. not because of necessity but by choice.
one of the most disturbing things i’ve read is on the cow and how, because of all the surplus corn, we are trying to train rumens to eat corn instead of grass. much of the cattle sent to the grocery store never eats a blade of grass after they are 3 months old or so. kind of sad given that they’re generally slaughtered at 18 months. also i read some interesting things about grazing paddocks and how raising chicken and cows on traditional farms improves the landscape. did you know that the same technology used to make bombs it what we use to fertilize our crops? we can’t use animal manure anymore because it’s so filled with antibiotics and chemicals from the food that it would kill the crops. that manure is dumped, runs out to sea and kills all the fish. so sad.
but enough about that. i don’t want to get all preachy. when i first looked into becoming vegetarian i read the PETA website and immediately changed my mind. those people are just batty. today has been fairly eventful and it’s only 1PM. so far i’ve practiced yoga and some meditation. i’ve cleaned the kitchen and next i’ll tackle the rest of the place. i’m planning on studying some japanese later as well.