In an interview with Fortune, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg stated that he only eats what he kills. That’s right, Zuckerberg is a bajillionaire, and he’s killing pigs and goats with his bare hands. Is there a “Like” button for this?
In an email to the magazine, Zuckerberg wrote,
“This year I’ve basically become a vegetarian since the only meat I’m eating is from animals I’ve killed myself. So far, this has been a good experience. I’m eating a lot healthier foods and I’ve learned a lot about sustainable farming and raising of animals.”
I can see all of you out there in Blisstree-land rolling your eyes, and I can’t blame you. It does sound kind of ridiculous. How on earth is this a sustainable practice for everyday non-bajillionnaires (with less-ludicrous eccentricities)? Well, before you tell Zuckerberg to “zuck it,” give this idea a whirl.
If Food, Inc. and Super Size Me has taught us anything (and they have), it’s that the meat industry is a corrupt one (hello Mad Cow disease!), and our food is no longer part of the food chain (at least when it’s factory farmed). By only eating what you kill yourself, you put yourself and your meal back in the food chain, which can only serve to promote a healthy eco-system (previously destroyed by bovine farms).
In addition, if you’re only eating what you kill, chances are, you’ll drastically cut down your meat consumption. I know I’m biased, being a vegetarian and all, but you don’t need me to tell you that eating meat is associated with many different diseases and illnesses such as diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, cancer, gout, arthritis, and much more.
Also, so many of us actually forget where our food comes from. Our meat is packaged in cellophane and Styrofoam in a cold bin at the supermarket, and that’s how we picture meat. For whatever reason, we have forgotten that meat comes from actual, living animals, and that death is a part of our eating habits. We have collectively disassociated ourselves from the violence of the food chain. Maybe a little reminder would be good for us all?
“But I live in the city!” you cry. “Where am I supposed to find animals to kill in a big metropolis?”
Well you have two choices: You could join me and growing ranks of vegetarians.
Or…well…let’s just say the city will never have to clean up roadkill ever again. Don’t forget to bring your shovel!