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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Eating chickens, eating meat

Today on our editorial page, I write about the cost of meat in America, and chickens in Georgia in particular. I also discuss the newly formed Georgians for Pasture Raised Poultry.

Yesterday in the Washington Post, Tim Carmen writes about the conflicting emotions that come with eating meat. He says, "It’s perhaps not surprising that we’ve reached this point at which meat eating has become almost as polarizing as religion." It's true - nowhere are my friendships more strained, my Facebook interactions more combustible, as when a vegetarian friend starts talking ethics and "murder."

But I don't see anywhere else in society where progress has come quicker than the way we eat. I'm not suggesting that our rapidly growing number of farmers markets or supermarket organic food sections are going to solve the problems caused by factory farming, or that Americans are likely to turn away em masse from fast food any time soon. But at least we're talking about it.

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