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Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society, Inc.
38 East Market Street, Rhinebeck, New York 12572 USA -
Vegetarian - Vegan - Animal Rights - Health - Nutrition - Environment
The mission of the Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society, Inc. is to
promote the vegetarian ethic in the Mid-Hudson (New York) region, educate the community
and aid anyone in the pursuit of a totally vegetarian (vegan) cruelty-free and healthful
Winter 2001-2002 Issue
COLUMBIA COUNTY CORNER
NEWS FROM THE COLUMBIA-GREENE CHAPTER OF MID-HUDSON VEGETARIAN SOCIETY
By Joan Zacharias
Barn Dance Raises $1100 For Local Animal Rescuers
Hugs to everyone who attended the barn dance at Little Brook
Farm on September 29 to benefit Lynn Cross and Katrin Hecker -
two amazing, courageous women who refuse to turn their backs on
suffering. On one of the first cool autumn nights of the year,
the old red barn was jumping with Cajun food, hot cider infused the
air with sweet spices, and an impressive spread of homemade
veggie food kept our bellies full and warm.
Thanks to everyone who
participated in the fundraiser.
Are Meat Eaters Just "Blocked Vegetarians?"
If vegheads and meatheads will be dining together at your
gatherings this holiday season, you might want to pick up some tips from
Carol Adamsí new book, Living Among Meat-Eaters (Lantern
Books, 2001). Adams, a vegetarian theorist best known for her earlier
work on the Sexual Politics of Meat, posits that humans
will do anything to forget that, when we eat meat, we are eating an
Meat-eaters erect a "nice little picket fence" of arguments
around their behavior, she says, and life is rosy - until a vegetarian
comes along. Then itís as if "worlds collide."
The "Meat Thruster" waves his fork at us, taunting, "you know
you want it" ó and "The Deluder" cajoles us about our violence
against plants - all while she is chomping on a burger.
they are doing, suggests Adams, is playing out their own issues about
eating animals. They fear scarcity ("what would I eat if I was a
vegetarian?") and think that, deep down, we vegetarians must be
very unhappy people - "blocked meat-eaters," if you will.
Adams concludes that the best thing a vegetarian can do is to
be happy, and
b) share beautiful and abundant vegetarian food (Without
gloating that itís meatless).
She also advises strongly against engaging in "food fights" over dinner.
Tell the person who wants
to know where you get your protein that youíll mail some info or
discuss it later, then gracefully change the subject. If you are
baited into a discussion about the merits of vegetarianism while dining
with meateaters, it will just feed their notions of vegetarians
as sober individuals who donít know how to live and let live.
This doesnít mean that some arenít genuinely interested.
intensity of interest, whether positive or negative, could be a sign
that the person is in motion - that change is possible. After
all, most of us were "blocked vegetarians," too!
Whatís Old Is New Again
In our area we are seeing a renaissance of old farming methods
in response to the industrial factory farming of meat, milk and
eggs that does so much damage to the health of humans, animals and
the environment. Rather than recognizing the global necessity of
moving toward plant-based eating, people are glorifying old
With lofty talk about "living in harmony with nature" and
"respecting the spirit of the animals," progressive, conscious people of
all stripes are returning to "grass-fed beef," "free-range
chickení and "real milk." Animals are not so much individuals who want to
live, but part of a herd that "wants and understands their need to be
If people are going to eat meat, then small, organic, free-range
farms typically offer the most humane treatment of animals.
Animals have names, they are allowed to exhibit natural behaviors, and
they are not drugged up and forced to eat crap. But in the end, all
these animals are shipped off to slaughterhouses, long before they get
old, and stripped violently of their only possession: their
lives. They do not go willingly, as the runaway calf called "Queenie"
Just like most meat-eaters, the farmers who participate and
profit from the slaughter are in denial about the killing, which takes
place off the farm. When asked about it, they offer so many mystical
justifications - rooted deep in the theories of biodynamic
farming and romantic notions of agriculture.
farms look pretty and quaint, but in the end the animals who live
there are just "crops" to be "harvested," along with the kale and
So now we are seeing a whole new generation of meat-eating
environmentalists, social activists, progressives, spiritualists and artists
who feel quite at peace in dining on the foods their "mummy" and
"nana" gave them. But to the animal who is being cut into little
pieces, in the end it doesnít really matter if the label reads
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