Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The Global Table

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Next time you sit down for a meal, imagine that there are nine other people sitting with you at the table, and that together you represent all the people on the planet. Organized by nations, two of your tablemates are Chinese, two Indian, and a fifth represents all the other countries in Northeast, South, and Central Asia. A sixth represents the nations of Southeast Asia and Oceana. A seventh represents sub-Saharan Africa, and an eighth represents the remainder of Africa and the Middle East. A ninth represents Europe. The remaining seat, representing the countries of South, Central, and North America… 

If seated by nourishment, one person is hungry and two are obese. More than half eat a mostly vegetarian diet, but that number is shrinking. The stricter vegetarians and vegans have one seat at the table, but barely. And more than half of the time any one of you reaches for eggs, chicken, or pork, they will have come from a factory farm. If current trends continue for another twenty years, the beef and mutton you reach for also will. 

~ Jonathan Safran Foer, Eating Animals, 2009

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

guilty member of PETA here, i.e., people eat tasty animals.

Arti said...

I am an Indian and a strict vegetarian!!
Have a fabulous sunday Angeli:)

 
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