As if the facts exposed by Eric Schlosser in his book Fast Food Nation aren't alarming enough, this country is now taking slaughtering for cash one step further: cloning. I've never had much faith in the FDA to begin with, and this latest decision to okay cloning animals for mass slaughtering (and milk--ew) strengthens my distrust and disgust.
It's ironic really, that as more and more Americans educate themselves on the benefits of eating local, organically raised, produce and meats, the government approves a transparent attempt from the cattle industry (and others) to make more money than its greedy hands can hold by unethical means.
You are what you eat. Shoveling in that hamburger made of meat that happens to be tainted with shit, antibiotics, growth hormones, and a myriad of other chemicals from a cow that's been mistreated and inhumanely slaughtered won't make you healthy, baby.
Let's take the power (and money) from the people who care nothing about us, our families and the health of the planet and back to us where it belongs. We can do this by going to our local markets and insisting they give us healthier choices. No cloned meat. Only locally-grown or responsibly raised meat from now on. And if you find you're not getting anywhere that way, you can order your meat online.
- Originally from Vermont, I now live in North Carolina. My work can be found in recent issues of REAL: Regarding Arts and Letters, The Jabberwock Review, The Emerson Review, Storyglossia, The MacGuffin, Confrontation, Passages North, SmokeLong Quarterly, elimae, wigleaf, and Pank, among others, and forthcoming from Gargoyle #57 and REAL: Regarding Arts and Letters. One of my stories has been translated into Farsi by Asadollah Amraee, and many others by Jalil Jafari, two of which have been published in the Iranian journal, Golestaneh Magazine. For two years I worked as an assistant editor for Narrative Magazine. Currently, I serve as a mentor for Dzanc's Creative Writing Sessions. I'm working on two novels and a short story collection. In May, I was awarded the Carol Houck Smith Contributor Scholarship for the 2011 Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.