Hi everyone! I haven’t posted in the last couple of days because Meg and I were camping/hiking in Sequoia National Park. It was really beautiful and peaceful….but now it’s back to the grind. I figured today was a good day to catch up on the news.

Humane Meat: A Contradiction in Terms- huge numbers of compassionate people have joined the ranks of the vegetarians. Some, however, have looked instead to meat from animals treated less badly, which they call “humane meat.” This raises three questions. First, is there such a thing as truly “humane meat”? Second, would consuming only humane meat satisfy the demands of ethical living? And third, do we, as individuals, have good reason to promote “humane meat” rather than vegetarianism? (huffingtonpost)

Even Kenyans Are Effected by Our Food Bill- As the United States Congress debates an omnibus farm bill, it is considering a small change that advocates say could make a big difference to the world’s hungriest people: allowing the federal government to buy some food in Africa to feed the famished, rather than shipping it all overseas from America. (NY Times)

A Factory Farm Near You- This is a good editorial from the NY Times and it includes a link that shows an interactive map of factory farms throughout the US…..Once upon a time, only a decade or so, it wasn’t hard to know where factory hog farms were because they were nearly all in North Carolina. But since those days, the practice of crowding together huge concentrations of animals — hogs, poultry, dairy cows, beef cattle — in the interests of supposed efficiency has spread around the country. (NY Times)

The Localvore’s Dilemma-  Sometimes buying local food helps in the battle against climate change. Sometimes it doesn’t. And sometimes, it’s just too confusing to decide. (The Boston Globe)

Internet Junk Food- Brands such as McDonald’s, Starburst, Haribo and Skittles are using the Internet to target children now that new rules from the media regulator Ofcom have made it difficult to advertise during children’s television. (Guardian Unlimited)



Good for Puck

When this story came out a few days ago, I was not sure I wanted to add it to wannaveg.  Don’t get me wrong, I think it is awesome what Wolfgang Puck has decided to go organic and purchase humanely raised meat.  It’s just that initially I felt that this is just another celebrity restaurateur that was looking to profit by selling high-end food in a exclusive restaurant.  And… I believe that good food does not need to be expensive.   The reason I finally got "on-board" with Puck was twofold.  First I think that what he is doing is setting the standard for other restaurants to follow (expensive or not) and second because some people in the media are giving him some grief on his decision to make the switch.

Also, as I got to thinking about it, I came to the conclusion that Wolfgang’s approach (high end food at high end prices) is no different than what other industries have done in the past.  Expensive cars had airbags long before economy cars and air travel was once reserved for only the wealthy (with global warming, this may not be the best example).  So maybe Wolfgang is just the catalyst we need for the food and restaurant industry to start offering organic, humanly raised food at reasonable prices.

So I say Good for Puck.

From USAToday
Pioneering celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck is putting his empire’s financial and PR muscle behind an initiative that will guarantee that the vast majority of the meals served in his restaurants are made only with all-natural and certified organic ingredients and meats that come from animals that have been treated humanely. Once the WELL (Wolfgang’s Eating, Loving and Living) program is phased in over the next few months, it will affect the standards at his 14 fine-dining restaurants, 80-plus Wolfgang Puck Gourmet Express fast-casual eateries and 43 catering venues, which served 10 million customers last year. It’s an expansion of a philosophy that already governs his fine-dining establishments.

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