Mrs. Alice Hempel
November 27, 2011
Omnivore’s Thanksgiving Impact
Unlike other Thanksgivings where I would just sit down with my family and eat whatever I liked, this Thanksgiving was a little bit different due to the novel “Omnivore’s Dilemma”. Before sitting with my family and enjoying our Thanksgiving meal I looked at what food had been prepared and I saw the food in a different light. The meal did not look like it had looked in years past. The turkey still looked the same and so did the ham and mashed potatoes and stuffing but having read what I did in “Omnivore’s Dilemma” it did not look the same. While looking at the stuffing I saw the cow that had been killed to make the ground beef and wondered what conditions the cow had been living in and what the people had been feeding the cow. Looking at the ham I knew now after reading “Omnivore’s Dilemma” that they are not feeding these pigs the best foods that will make them healthy to eat and I know like the cows the pigs are not living in the best living conditions either which make me worry. The same goes for the turkey as well because these turkeys are not feed what they would normally eat in the wild they are feed corn and other foods that they would not normally eat, making these animals less healthy than if they were given foods that they would normally have eaten in the wild.
These thoughts had never gone through my mind when I was about to eat anytime of the year let alone thanksgiving, so it felt pretty strange. I still at ham and mashed potatoes and of course turkey because you cannot not have turkey on thanksgiving because it is the staple dish but the dish that I did not have was stuffing. The reason that I did not eat any stuffing is one because I can do without stuffing because it is alright but it is not great, but the main reason was because images of the diseased filled cows and the conditions that they were living in and the coats being covered in their own feces did not...