Yesterday I was reading an article on Cracked.com that mentioned some unsettling shit going on in slaughterhouses in Idaho. I’ve seen videos and photos from animal rights organizations before about the horrible conditions the animals live in and while I’ve always found the information to be upsetting it has never made me want to change the way I eat.
But now, dammit, this cracked article has thrown me into some sort of weird place where I do NOT want to eat meat at all. (For those who don’t want to read the article it talks about how the slaughterhouse employees were caught on hidden video sexually assaulting the cows and instead of cracking down on the employees the state has opted to make it illegal to take undercover footage.) Today at lunch I ordered chicken and only got about three bites of it before my brain overloaded and I had to throw it out because every time I took a bite I could just hear the slimy voice of the disgusting employees talking about fucking the animals. Tonight for dinner we went to a damned steak house and I had tomato soup and a baked potato instead of the delicious steak I would normally have ordered.
For normal people they might be able to look at this situation as a gift in disguise, given that vegetarianism is generally so much healthier than the alternative, but for me this is potentially a very bad thing. I have some fairly severe texture issues with food which means that most vegetables are on the list of things I don’t eat. I have a handful of veggies I enjoy and another handful that I will eat if they are diced very small and/or cooked to a point where they have no discernable texture, but by and large vegetables are not big in my diet. I love fruit, beans, nuts, grains, dairy, etc. (though even then I have texture issues with a few things in those categories as well) but as I am a human being instead of a tropical bird eating mostly grains, fruits and nuts is probably not the healthiest way to go.
So now I either need to find a local farm where I can go see how they treat their animals, drop in randomly to make sure everything is on the up and up, and shell out 3-5 times the cost for meat or learn to function as a vegetarian and figure out how to make vegetables more palatable. So now I need some help from people who have more experience than I do with this sort of thing. Do you have a local farm you’ve visited to see how the farmers treat their animals? How did you find it? How easy was it to set up a tour? Or did you decide not to eat meat with an already limited diet? How did you make that work? How did you make vegetable dishes suck less?