Whether ’tis nobler in the kitchen to cook
the products of animals and of the like
or to take arms against a society of omnivores
and by opposing, uphold ethics. To buy, to eat,
no more, and by a meal, to say we end
the guilt, and inhumanity
that meat and dairy eating is heir to. ’Tis a idealistic world,
devoutly to be wish’d. To cook, to eat,
To eat, perchance to consume responsibly. Aye, there’s the rub,
for in that meal, what immoralities may lie,
when we have thrown off this bliss of ignorance,
must give us awareness. There’s the facts,
that make calamity of so many a meal:
for who would bear the sick and sad animals,
the CAFO’s wrong, the business man’s greed,
the pangs of rising fossil fuel consumption, used in great amounts for meat and dairy production,
the insolence of Agribusiness, and the wrongs
that patience try of the state of the food industry,
when he himself might his meal make,
with responsible food selection? Who would bear,
to chew and swallow under a cloud of doubt,
but that the hope of better food,
that seemly unnatainable concept,
that millions hear not of, puzzles the consumer
and makes us rather question these pop tarts
than buy more than we ought to?
Thus, conscience does make prudent consumers of us all,
and thus, the native hunger for meat,
is sicklied over with the bright light of humanity
and enterprises of animal abuse and profit,
with this regard, their target markets turn awry,
and lose the name of evil.
Eat dinner with your family at least three times next week. With the decline of family dinner, we have faced a decline in family connectedness, a decline in health, and a decline of over all well-being. Who would have thought we would ever reach a point where we would have to be told to have dinner with our families and conducting studies to prove the benefits?
So, I challenge you, eat dinner with your family at least three times next week. And if you’re up to the challenge after that, continue to do so for the next few weeks, then the next few months, the next few years, and the rest of your life. In the end, this shouldn’t be a challenge, it should be a part of our daily lifestyles – and if we don’t have the time to have family dinner, then we should try our hardest to make time. This is something we can no longer neglect if we wish to change and improve the way we eat and the way we live.
How do you convince high school students to care about what they eat? How do you get them involved with eating sustainably? If there were a greenhouse at our school, would people appreciate it? If sustainable agriculture were included in our health curriculum, would the students pay attention? Would they care? At all?
How do you convince someone to eat sustainably without forcing them to read a book? What heart strings should one pull? Which buttons should one push?