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Last of Four Parts of a Short, Meat-Oriented History of the World, From Eden to the Mattole
Come now to a Parable of Swine. Not so many years ago in North Carolina, the pig barons sensed opportunity for their 'right to work' state. In the traditional hog belt of the mid-west, unions and laws against some forms of agribusiness still protect the medium-sized farmer. Today, in North Carolina the hog industry is... Read More
Third of Four Parts of a Short, Meat-Oriented History of the World, from Eden to the Mattole
The vegetarians and Hitler now enter the story. With the surge in meat-eating associated with industrial capitalism came-particularly from city-dwellers-a swelling of the vegetarian cause, hitherto confined to a relatively few Pythagoreans, radicals and eccentrics. Compassion for animals also surged, particularly in Britain where Queen Victoria lent her name to the issue and where anti-vivisection... Read More
Second of Four Parts of a Short, Meat-Oriented History of the World, From Eden to the Mattole
Start with God. Now continue with Empire. In a three-week period in May 1806, as Lewis and Clark moved through Montana in the course of their survey, they and their party-the Corps of Discovery-killed 167 animals, about eight a day. Reviewing their entire itinerary, Donald Worster reckons that over twenty-eight months they probably shot-for their... Read More
First of Four Parts: Peter's Dream
Start with God. The Bible is a meat-eater's manifesto. Before the Fall, Adam and Eve were vegetarian. They fed on grains, nuts and fruits. Then Eve ate the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil-or at least that's the way Adam explained it to God. They were cast forth from the Garden,... Read More
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