I’ve been watching a lot more documentaries lately. The last two made me think quite a bit about what I eat. They are Fork over Knives and Vegucated. The first one was quite interesting, but a bit bland (not a good thing for a movie hoping to make you change your culinary habits…). Very scholar. The second was more entertaining and a lot more convincing in my views. The documentary follows three New Yorkers on their discovery of Vegan-ism. While sometimes a bit preachy, it still hits home on a number of issues.
I never really considered going vegan or vegetarian. I love my butter, eggs and nice piece of beef. But since moving to Asia, I am more and more concerned about the quality of the poultry and meat I eat here.
French love their food and love to know where it comes from. My high school was surrounded by farms. I could see first hand where the potatoes, beef and eggs were coming from. So much so that I took it for granted. When I moved to Asia, I gorged myself on Chicken Satays and Beef rendang for years without thinking twice about it. But since moving to Singapore, I started thinking about it more and more. As a small island, Singapore imports most of its food from nearby countries. Maybe this fact got me thinking, maybe it was our 22 months old starting to eat everything under the sun, in any case, I started asking myself more and more about the provenance of some of the products I buy.
For example, the chicken or beef on display at the local Fair-price does not look appetizing to me. I doubt they were raised in similar condition to the ones I used to eat in France. Same goes for some of the vegetables, which are not as flavourful as the ones I used to buy back in KL. A notable exception are the fruits, which are as remarkable as the ones in Malaysia.
Last but not least, I am more and more concerned about the lack of sustainability inherent to the factory-farming system.
As a result, I try to buy products that seem more sustainable to me. Eating more vegetables is one way to do that. So I will eat even more vegetables from now. I won’t give up on dairy, eggs or a nice piece of meat from time to time, but will try to only buy quality products, from co-op like Devondale (Australian co-op that has pretty good butter and milk) for example. Not earth shattering changes, but hopefully they will make a small difference.
“Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances of survival of life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.”
- Albert Einstein