By: Justin Chan
While local farmers in California are struggling to find slaughterhouses for their chickens, one New York Times writer has suggested abandoning the consumption of chicken altogether and instead opting for a plant-based alternative.
In an op-ed, Mark Bittman writes that the chickens’ poor living conditions and the savage process of slaughtering them warrant a procedure that is more humane. Although one answer is to reduce or eliminate their consciousness, Bittman says the best method is to look for a meat substitute. In the Netherlands, for instance, a shop called The Vegetarian Butcher offers plant-based products that taste awfully similar to meat. The “chicken,” in particular, Bittman notes, would have fooled him had he not known about it beforehand. He says his experience there made him reconsider the advantages of eating vegetarian meat and how it might reduce the environmental damage caused by raising chickens industrially. Read More