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10/13/2012

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Seth Williams

As a vegetarian, this topic interests me a lot. I don't eat meat mainly because I no longer have any desire to anymore, and I feel that it's not an essential part of my diet. I'm not necessarily against eating meat; however, I do stand closer to the sides of the arguments that say that there are many health benefits in cutting back on meat and that there's a greater preservation of natural resources when less meat is being produced. I also believe strongly that vegetarians can get plenty of protein and iron through other foods - I mean, I've lived off this diet for two years now just fine. I think my biggest reason for my diet, however, is that it's just more convenient for me not to eat meat. If I am going to eat it, I'm going to make sure that it's hormone free and was taken from free-range animals. Having drawn that line, were I to eat meat, I would be spending more money than I'd like to on food.

That said, I think meatless monday is brilliant because I have plenty of friends who enjoy their meat diets too much to cut it out completely (some enjoy it too much to cut any meat out at all, which I do think is kind of excessive, but hey, I'm not them, so I don't really know their true feelings for their food). I fully support my friends and family in eating the good meat, which Ozersky mentions here. I believe that when it comes to things like our food, high costs are not necessarily a bad thing. I mean, when I really think about what I'm putting into my body as I'm eating something, the last thing I want to realize is that I have no idea what's actually in it. In other words, consuming food that's actually meant to be processed by our bodies is worth the higher costs to me because, for one, it's our overall health that's at stake in the long run, and secondly, people producing good food ought to be able to make a living from it - especially since they're holding themselves to higher standards than they could so that people will actually benefit from eating their product.

If a meatless monday would be geared toward getting that message across, I say hell yes, let's do it. Give people the opportunity to afford better quality meat by cutting it out of their lives for a day while also giving more sales to the producers who are doing it right (or at least in a better fashion than the alternative).

Chiara Sander

I am not a vegetarian, or even a pescatarian. But when it comes to the scale of meat-eating, I'm pretty much as close to a veg-head as you can get. I eat meat maybe once, or twice a week. And when I say I eat meat, I mean like, there's some chicken in my salad, or some meatballs in my spaghetti. Purely meat based dishes don't really appeal to me. Even if they did, I don't think I would be eating more meat. It simply isn't sustainable to eat the amount of meat the average American consumes. Apart from that, it isn't healthy for the individual either. There are plenty of other ways of getting protein, and meat is one of the most expensive ways of doing so (or at least it should be). Meat prices are crazy low, and this scares me a little bit because it really shouldn't be possible to produce meat at such a low cost. I prefer to buy my meat in small, pricier quantities, when at all. Though I'm not sure higher prices on meat would drive down demand at all, it would certainly allow for better production of meat, and who can argue against that.

Martin H.

Meat Meat Meat!!! You're not living the American life or dream if you don't have a double bacon cheese burger, or a 16oz porterhouse steak, or some barbeque pork ribs, simple as that. Unfortunately aligning ourselves with this diet can be rather hazardous for our health. But can you blame the average American for sticking to this diet; it's too damn good. I myself come from a Mexican background and meat is part of the traditional diet. Hell, it's part of my daily diet, three times a day. Just this morning I had eggs with ham and bacon; for lunch I devoured a sandwich topped with turkey, chicken, bacon, and ham (Veggies included of course). At this moment I'm not sure what I'll have for dinner but one thing is for sure, meat will be involved. To some my "meat-rich diet" might seem a bit excessive but the truth is a lot of people eat like this. Scaling back on meat and implementing "Meatless Monday" would certainly be a blow to a lot of carnivorous humans but for many it wouldn't change their habits. I know for a fact that if the price of meat were to shoot through the roof it wouldn't deter me or anyone in my family one bit from buying meat. As a matter of fact I would be all that more encouraged buying meat. Knowing exactly what I'm putting into my body, to me, is worth the price increase. Unfortunately the same cannot be said for others. The prices of meat during these hard economic times are probably some of the very little reasons why families are able to put food on their tables. Raising the cost of meat would drastically affect their well-being. But something needs to be done about the unethical practices being used in the meat industry and if that mean raising the prices so that Americans may have the best quality of meat at their dinner tables then that's what needs to be done and I'm all for it.

Lias Powell

I love the idea of Meatless Mondays. I think consuming less meat would be a great stride towards improving health, because there are some health issues that come with eating so much of it, such as high cholesterol. Eating less meat would also (hopefully) encourage people to replace it with fresh fruits and vegetables. On top of that, the idea of more expensive, higher quality meat is extremely appealing. I'd be willing to spend more if it simply meant a more ethical meat industry. Meat without fillers and additives, antibiotics, or high levels of stress hormones, that comes from an animal that was raised and ultimately slaughtered in an ethical manner is completely worth the extra money in my opinion. The higher cost could also encourage people to eat less meat and shift their diet in a better direction.

Lisa Powell
Honors English 205
Joe Safdie

ben_street

1: Ozersky's argument for better meat is highlighted in the fact that due to growing population and higher demand, the meat industry is struggling to keep up pace. Ozersky goes on to further demonstrate that during times of war meat was rationed, and also more specifically, used during celebrations rather than an everyday meal as it is now. All this plus the addition of "pink slime," a substance in which fake meat products are made from, have taken the quality from meat away, and replaced it with cheap alternatives. These alternatives are not necessarily better either.

2: Ozersky's phrase "round-the-clock meatitude" seemed to be just another quirky headline, or phrase to pull the reader in the the article. It did not do much by way of grabbing my attention, but the phrase itself spoke volumes on what the actual article was about.

3: Meatless Monday, or at least one day out of the week without meat, is a great idea. Personally, I have read that having one day out of the week where meat is not eaten is a healthy, and smart choice, both economically and physically. As far as the national economic effect of meatless monday would go, there might be a possibility where meat production is able to take a longer, and slower approach to reach distribution and as a result be better.

4: As far as Ozersky's "higher meat quality, less product" goes, I feel that economically it might be hard on some families, yet more practical as they would explosively use red meat for special occasions. Keeping in mind the higher quality however, from a health standpoint, it would be more beneficial to eat higher quality, grass fed beef, yet still consume less.

Benjamin Street
English 205H
Joe Safdie

Ana Garcia

I think the idea of Meatless Mondays is really great! I have tried to be a vegetarian before(I only lasted two weeks) but I realized I like meat to much to give it up. Pretty much every day of the week, I was eating meet. Not necessarily a solely meat based meal but I always had some sort of meat on my plate. And even though meat is highly important in a well balanced diet, too much of it can cause health problems which is why I agree with the idea of Meatless Mondays. By having Meatless Mondays, a person can substitute their usual meat filled dis with something a little bit more nutritious such as vegetables or even tofu. If people begin to make a habit out of Meatless Mondays, perhaps people may want to try only having meat every other day?

Al Gamez

I think Meatless Mondays is a great idea that I would be willing to try. As an athlete, I have done some research on the benefits of both vegetarian and vegan dining and there are a number of benefits that come with both lifestyles. I think it could do people some good to get away from processed food for a day, especially those who eat too much of it. However, I think people are too addicted to the convince of fast-food to even consider Meatless Mondays. I don't think an idea like this will ever get great support.

Al Gamez Jr.
Honors English 205
Joe Safdie

Boyan Linta

There are two different types of meat: You have the typical processed meats and the organic meats that haven't had any unnatural substances/hormones added to it. Unfortunately, the latter seems quite rare nowadays. It's even harder to believe the companies that sell the meat because they are not constrained by law to give the customer such information. The issue goes far beyond the picture being portrayed here. There are many issues within this topic with one of them being the economic factor. The difference between rich and poor determines the outcome of what you eat. If you are poor, you inevitably can only afford processed meats, unless you own your own farm. On the other hand, if you are rich, you have access to some of the finest organic meats out there. It is hard to change something of this magnitude, especially when calculating in the expanding population that demands a surplus of processed foods as organic can only feed so many individuals.

While it may be natural to kill and feed off of other animals, it is not natural in the way that these companies tend to do it and in result it creates an unsanitary environment filled with diseases and parasites waiting to grow and expand within our intestines.
I'd be ok with not eating such processed meats once a week. It would be quite a nice detox.

Boyan Linta
English 205
Joe Safdie

Adriana Castaneda

In response to Martin H.:
I think you made a good point by saying that the low meat prices are a major reason why families are able to keep food on the table. However, I do not believe that by implementing a Meatless Monday Ozersky is arguing that the price of meat will increase—necessarily. If more people practiced Meatless Monday the demand for meat would go down drastically. This would put less stress on meat distributors to produce mass amount of meats they have to now. This like Ozersky said would”… brings [bring] us more meat and less water…” which is without a doubt a good thing.
To add to this idea of families not having the budget for feeding their families, a Meatless Monday does not mean the family has to serve only the finest organic vegetables for their local farm. There are plenty of healthy meat free meals families can serve for far less than the cheap meat they would normally serve. The problem is this is we typically see our lower income families turning toward cheap fast food, or other easy to cook, and unhealthy, options. This of course, is a whole different problem, but the same way would need to educated the population on the tremendous positive effects a Meatless Monday would have we need to educate families on how to eat healthy on a budget.
Personally, I am very pro Meatless Mondays, and I believe that it is something that every American can easily accomplish. The problem is unlike us they are not critical thinkers, and this idea would never cross their mind. I am certain that if more people knew that not eating mean one day a week would not only save tons of animals a year, but increase the quality of meat they eat the other 6 days of the week Americans would actually consider trying this diet change.

Michael Dulong

I support the idea of meatless Mondays. This would be a great idea to help with the demand of meat and health issues. As said in the article, the demand for meat in America is extremely high. To meet these high demands farmers are putting ethanol by-products and bonemeal into the cattle’s feed. These are steroids that help the cattle grow faster so they can be slaughtered sooner. Going on to health issues, these steroids are first off not very good for the animal. And when they are slaughtered these steroids are still in the meat, so when we eat that meat we are also consuming these steroids. Also, eating too much meat is not very healthy because it results in high cholesterol. With high cholesterol it puts people at high risk of heart disease, though meat is not all unhealthy because it is very high in protein. So if farmers just put a higher price on meat then people will tend to try to eat more healthy foods such as more fruits, vegetables, and fish. However, I love to eat meat, but now I have learned what farmers are doing to these animals it makes me not want to eat “bad meat” that will be unhealthy for me. I would not mind paying a higher price for the good meat because then I know I will not be consuming those steroids that have been put in the animals feed. Lastly, another reason to why a day without meat would be a good idea is because in the Midwest there is a drought. This means it is much more difficult to harvest corn, so farmers would have to raise the prices on corn. Corn is the main ingredient that farmers use to feed their cattle. So a day without meat would help reduce the demand and over time this may help people tend to eat less meat for health reasons. So this is why I agree meatless Mondays is a great idea.

English 1C
Prof. Greenberg

Gabrielle Scott

As a vegan, I agree that Meatless Mondays are a great idea. It would be beneficial to the economy and would have positive health benefits on those who participated. According, to Jim Robbins, author of “Diet for a New America,” he writes that America is a country that eats a high amount of meat and has one of the most sophisticated medical systems, in the world. Yet, the United States has one of the lowest life expectancy rates in all of the industrialized nations. This clearly shows that eating high volumes of meat is not good for one’s health, in fact, it is just the opposite.
I agree with Seth that paying a little more for better food is a good thing. In my opinion, people will pay high costs regarding food in one of two ways. Either, a person will spend money upfront on fresh, organic, high quality foods. Typically, this type of person is healthy and has less chronic illnesses. Or, a person will spend their life eating cheap processed food, dining at fast food restaurants frequently, and not putting a lot of care into food choices. This kind of diet is clearly not good for the body and causes problems, such as obesity, heart disease and cancer. I know that I would rather spend more money buying high quality foods than spending it on hospital bills later on in life.
I agree with a few of the other bloggers that higher meat costs would be hard on families who have low incomes and rely on meat as a staple. This is a real problem that needs to be addressed. Initially, it would be difficult to adjust to the higher cost of meat. But, I really believe that after people started changing their diets, it would be cheaper and better for the lower income families. It would be cheaper because they would choose to eat less meat and focus more on buying unprocessed real foods in bulk. When the families rely on fast food and cheap meat, they are not eating in a way that benefits their health or their children’s health in the long run. By being forced to find alternative foods, they could learn to eat less meat and begin eating whole balanced diets.

English 1C
Prof. Greenberg

Merry Tran

I agree with Ozersky, as well as the posts before me. Meatless Mondays seem like a worthy endeavor. As mentioned in the article, meat is at a high demand. Still, with drought and other famine that limits corn and other feed production, it is much more difficult to get quality meat if the animals do not get the correct nourishment. In this carnivorous society, people constantly consume meat without caring if the meat is of good quality or not. This is troublesome because the meat industry cannot meet all the demands of the people, especially since feed is much more expensive then years prior.
As a regular meat consumer, I do not think cutting back on meat is such a difficult task. Like Ozersky, I enjoy meat, but I do not want to eat meat that can be harmful to my health. That is the reason why Meatless Mondays should be attempted by more people. In addition, Meatless Mondays does not require people to completely alter their diets. There is no lifestyle change for a person become to a vegetarian or vegan. All that tastes is one day to try a variety of other food groups. If more people were to cut off meat, the farms would not have to put quantity over quality as the main goal. People would have more quality meat, which is what is really important. Also, progress is needed or change will not occur. As Ozersky describes, the meat industry, like the fish industry, cannot continue with the high demands. It is vital that the public understands that quality meat requires time. The animals must avoid stress and antibiotics. In order to avoid these hazards, people should cut back on their meat. This is why Meatless Mondays would bring a positive change to the meat industry as well as the people.

English 1C
Professor Greenberg

Amanda Alvarez

In “Why Does Fancy Fast Food Make Us Mad?” Rachel Arons addresses the controversy the American public has against American fast food chains. Fast food chains such as Burger King, McDonalds, K.F.C and Taco Bell are constantly being accused for the high percentage of childhood obesity in America. She then claims that in an attempt to please the public and to gain more customers most of these fast food chains are changing their menus to meet the popular demand. Arons then states that what people considered which fast food they think as healthy and unhealthy depends on where they come from. I agree with Arons that most fast food chains are changing their menus to please it consumers. McDonalds now offers milk and apple slices with a child’s Happy Meal as a substitute for a soda and fries. Burger King’s menu offers a bacon sundae because bacon has become a popular trend. Not only are people eating more and more bacon they are wearing “I love bacon” t-shirts, “I love bacon” hats, buying bacon flavored toothpaste and bacon scented soaps. Google images even show a girl with an “I Love Bacon” tattooed across her feet. To compete with the fast spreading popular food chain Chipotle, Taco Bell has launched their new Cantina Bell menu. The menu’s food items are similar to the food choices offered at Chipotle. Taco Bell did not only launched the Cantina Bell menu to compete with Chipotle but to bandwagon off of their idea because it has become a popular cultural trend to eat at Chipotle to fast food consumers. I believe Aron’s claim that people consider which fast food they think as healthy and unhealthy depends on where they come from is an untrue statement. Most fast food chains are located near each other. Where there is a McDonalds one is likely to find two other different fast food chain restaurants located within a few miles. If Aron’s claim is corrected then an individual who lives near this McDonalds, eats there and considers it a healthy meal choice, would then believe that these other two fast food chains are also considered a healthy place to eat a meal. This is an unreasonable accusation.

Lily Aguirre

Like many people in this blog, I am totally for a meatless Monday. I see the pros and cons to this, but do not think the rest of the nation will. Meat has become very expensive recently, and have noticed that when purchasing a pound of meat people spent about $6 a pound for a not so great quality of meat. Millions of people also go to fast food chains and eat their very cheap double cheeseburgers that has to be probably the worst kind of meat out there. People need to explore the other options out there besides red meat. Of course it is needed for many different nutrients the body need, but maybe having one day of the week to find other food that will also benefit the body with be useful. People should look more into being creative about this. Sushi Monday, Edamame Monday, you name it. The downside I do see to this is that many people do not have the money or time to invest on something like this. Sometimes eating healthier can cost more money. Organic food is a tad more expensive than your regular produce. I can see where people make the easy choice of being able to run down the street and pick up a dollar cheeseburger that will be served to them in a matter of minutes, than going to the market and buying a $5 salad. Also you are taking a person’s rights to decide to eat what they want. People will not look at the pros and see that the demand of meat is increasingly high so that they should resort to something else to eat. All in all I think this will ultimately lead to a great success if it were to be done. If it means a healthier me, for exchange of better quality of meat; I say why not?


Enrique Reyes

As a society that is seen as meat eaters, Ozersky has a valid point. I have not met a person besides a vegetarian or vegan whom a meat entree is not their favorite food. Americans are known around the world for their “American” cuisine of meaty hamburgers and good old fashion barbecues. In the Mid-west United States where having cookouts and barbecue competitions is common, meat is their primary food, sometimes not even accompanied by any vegetable or grain. In these parts of the United States, where only the best meat is worthy of being thrown on the grill, people will not put up with bad cheap meat. Critics all know that Americans eat too much meat, but is the problem really with the amount of meat we eat or the quality of the meat. Bad meat can have salmonella and E. coli bacteria that are harmful to humans and can even cause death. Of course people will continue to eat any sort of meat no matter the quality because that is their main diet, meat. Many people will choose bad quality meat over a healthy array or fruits and vegetables only because they have no other taste, but the taste for meat. With the same amount of bad meat and good quality meat one can expect that the good quality meat is better to eat for a longer period of time and that is true. Good quality meat comes from farms where the animals are treated right and are in less stressful environments leading to tender meat and less use of hormones on livestock. Although many companies will not change their production processes soon, once people start to realize that spending a couple more dollars on better quality and better tasting meat, everyone company will have to meet the demand of the higher quality meat.

Brenda Hwang

Like many of the previous bloggers I agree that Meatless Monday would be very beneficial. However, my reasons to support Meatless Monday differ from Ozersky. Ozersky’s main reason to join the Meatless Monday movement is in hopes of higher quality meats being more attainable. While I enjoy a nice medium-rare filet mignon every once in awhile, meat quality is not the only thing at stake from our “round-the-clock meatitude.”
Everything we do leaves an ecological and carbon footprint. The amount of meat we demand is causing deforestation of our country to make way for the large area of land that livestock need to satisfy our meat-eating habit. Land is being used to raise cattle for us to eat, but land is also being used to grow the crops we need to feed these animals. These crops and animals also demand water to grow, reducing the amount of water there is for other daily uses. If more people participated in Meatless Monday or just reduced their meat intake more land and water would be available for our rapidly growing population.
Some may argue that meat is healthy because humans need the protein, but the substitution of animal protein for the protein in vegetables is a much healthier choice. Many people are unaware of the carcinogens that are formed when meat is cooked. Heterocyclic amines (HCA) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are produced when meat is cooked at high temperatures. These carcinogens are not found in fruits and vegetables and the amount of protein needed in our diets could still be attained.
The Meatless Monday movement can reduce the ecological impact that livestock has on Earth, but also reduce health problems associated with a diet high in animal protein. Whatever the reason to join the Meatless Monday movement, I agree it is a great idea. Whether people hope for better quality meat like Ozersky, or to help reduce their ecological footprint and be healthier, Meatless Monday can benefit everyone.

 Chelsea Smith

I agree with Ozerskys proposal of meatless Mondays. I have just made to recent decision to go vegetarian, but am slowly graduating into the change by starting of as a pescatarian which is a form of vegetarian that still allows for the consumption of fish. I personally have found the switch quite easily and have successfully managed to make the switch from eating meats such as pork, chicken, and beef. It has now been a month that I have successfully managed to cut these foods out of my diet and after the second week I found it quite easy without any desire to eat meat at all. I believe as nation built on the consumption of meat where steaks and cheeseburgers are the staples of the American diet it is quite a odd and even unthinkable idea to give up the consumption of meat for good and let alone for one day as Ozersky purposes.
I believe that the reason it is so hard for majority of people to give up the consumption of meat is due to the fact that they forget there are so many other forms of foods to eat that are both healthy as well as tasty. If people were to willing to be more educated about what they put into their bodies by looking to see what is in the dangers of their favorite foods they would perhaps slowly learn that cutting back on the consumption of meat might not be such a bad idea. For example if people were to look into the facts that are meat consists of fillers such as pink slime, antibiotics, hormones, ethanol-by products, and bone meal into animal feed they might have a different perspective of what they choose to eat. I choose not to eat meat simply for the fact I am not a huge fan a swell as for the fact I prefer to eat only healthy and organic food. This being said I have no problem with those who eat meat; my concern is what food producers are adding to our meats to help meet supply and demand.
The pink slime in our meat is processed scrapes of beef trimmings and fat which can consist of rejected fat, sinew, bloody effluvia and are treated with ammonia in order to make it safe for humans to eat. There is a difference between eating good natural and organic meat vs. eating to much of the unhealthy bad kind of meat that are super markets are now full of because eating organic is expensive and hard to supply in large amounts.
However, as Ozersky purposes by simply cutting back on meat one day a week could help in being able to help cut down the demand of meat which has doubled since 1950, allowing for the production to catch up and eliminate the addition of “unspeakable expedients”. This can not only help the production and quality of our meat but as well as help the American diet buy making it a bit more healthier by giving up a trip to Jack In The Box for that weekly cheeseburger or to your favorite restaurant to get a juicy steak for the substitute of a much healthier meat free meal like a nice fresh salad.

Michael Tran

In the article “A Meaty Argument: Josh Ozersky on Meatless Monday”, I am all for the idea of Meatless Monday. I absolutely love meat; I don’t think I can go a day where I can’t eat it. But recently I have started noticing that the quality of meat is not as good as before. I heard stories on how farmers are gathering up animals and injecting hormones into them so that they can grow faster. Also with an increase of demand for meat, farmers need to quickly gather up animals to the slaughter to keep up with demands. This causes the animals to die with much tension and stress in their bodies. The quality of the meat reflects how these animals are being treated and that’s poorly. As Josh Ozersky wrote, if people in America just gave up eating meat for 1 day in a week and demands for meat would cease to exist, farmers will have more time to actually create a chemical free environment for the animals so that we obtain better quality meat. This would need the support of farmers everywhere, raise the cost of taking care of farmers working there and to lower the cost of taking care of the farm animals to produce better meat. With a lower demand of meat, farmers will have the freedom to organically produce healthier and better meat to America. If America continues to create high demands in meat, farmers will need to support demands and rely on chemicals and unhealthy alternatives to keep up demands. This would mean artificial meat and meat that have been hampered by many different kinds of chemicals. With all these low quality of food and chemicals, it will damage the human body. If the demands for meat keep on rising, our meats will a health hazard for all Americans.

Carlos Caudillo

Josh Ozersky made an argument that I completely agree with. Having a meatless Monday would not be a bad idea at all, which is coming from a guy who loves meat just as much. I honestly cannot go without having meat at least once a day, which is why I failed as a vegetarian. However, it is for that reason, that I have noticed a change in the flavor meat has as well. It does not have to do with the way I cook it because it tends to be the same all the time, but it doesn’t satisfy my taste buds as it used to a couple years ago. I believe it has to do with the fact that more people in this world are demanding for meat and the supply is being “processed” differently, in order to give the world what they want. It would not be a bad idea at all to break away from meat at least once a week. If things were up to me, two days would not kill you either. We are demanding for so much food and that it just simply not good for the future of the meat industry. Soon enough we will not have any meat at all and the prices will rise up. It’s just like gas prices. The more gas we use the higher the prices get. So that is why people push for more green ways to save gas like carpooling or riding a bicycle. So why is it that some people can’t comply with decreasing their intake in meat? I don not see the difference. There are other ways to get the nutrients that meat gives you, it might not be tasty, but as long as you get what you need to survive, things should be okay. I want meat to stay around for a while longer.

Chad Smith

In the article, “A Meaty Argument: Josh Ozersky on Meatless Monday,” Ozersky is talking about making a meatless Monday. I agree with Ozersky that there should be a meatless Monday to better the quality of the meat, but this idea is nearly impossible. Even if the mass media covers this story, most Americans will not change their eating habits for one day. People do not like to be told what they should eat on certain days, this is why many Americans are obese. The reasons that we should participate in meatless Mondays is like Ozersky said, “The meat industry cannot meet the demand.” There are not enough cows in the world to provide steak for everyone. This is why we learn about pink slime in McDonald’s beef patties, there is too high of a demand for meat that the industry has to look for alternative ways to produce the amount of meat needed to fill the demand of people. When the author uses the term, “round the clock meatitude,” I laughed for a second. I instantly understood what that meant because I pretty much have the same feeling. I eat meat as a good 85 percent of my diet. This statement added some entertainment value to his article because most men can relate to this. Meatless Monday would not affect meat production at all. Even if stores did not sell meat on Monday, people would just buy the meat on Sunday. As I stated earlier, Americans do not like to be told what to eat. Also, I personally would not join this because I see no difference in the production of meat. I also am on a high protein diet because I lift weights. With Ozersky’s proposal, the price of meat would skyrocket. There are way too many families that cannot afford the raise in cost of meat. People need to feed their families and the economy in America is still pretty bad. Meatless Monday is a good start for increasing the quality of meat, but this is just not possible.

Ashley Valdez

I do not support Ozersky’s idea of Meatless Monday’s. Although he argues some good points, such as quality over quantity, I believe he stands from a higher-class point of view. Not everyone can afford good quality meat. For those people who are in poverty, or even those of lower/middle class, they can probably hardly afford meat as is. It would be completely unfair to up the price without giving them any say whatsoever. If the prices did not have to go up, I would be all for Meatless Mondays. It is absolutely horrible to read that meat producers are adding ethanol by-product and bone meal into our meat. However, when demand is high, and it is now more than ever, there is not really much of a choice. Think about it—raising meat prices would affect families all over the world. If families could not afford meat anymore, what would they eat? Of course there are millions of other options, but meat is good for us. It provides protein and helps us grow stronger. Children as well as adults across the world should not be deprived of meat simply because the rest of the world wants higher quality meat. For most people throughout the world, the meat we have today is seen as a luxury. Most people do not care what is put in their meat, they are just glad to have it. Also, there are many bad types of meat out there that we as Americans love to eat, such as bacon. Everyone knows that bacon is not good quality meat—however everyone still eats it. The bad stuff they put in our meat can actually make the taste more appealing in some cases. So why stop now? We should keep the prices low and enjoy the meat we are given every day of the week.

English 1C
Professor Greenberg

Salmon Mumtaz

At the beginning of the blog, I was a little confused on why Josh would try to run on cheese omelets and Adderall for the rest of the day. I am positive that, by not having meat and replacing it with Adderall, it will not carry the same effects. By just reading the title and the first paragraph, it is obvious that the author eats meat on a regular basis. Finding out that his cafeteria at work is no longer serving meat on Mondays will cause a stir in his routine. The author makes it obvious in the blog that he is not the only one who finds this meatless Monday crazy. He mentions that politicians are tweeting about the meatless Monday and basically calling it a crazy turn. It came to my intention that the author believes that it gets harder and harder to feed the world of American meat. I do agree with the author when he mentions that the demand must increase so the production cycle will be able to catch up. This would definitely fix the problem and get rid of meatless Monday. The author begins to admit that there will not always meat around forever. He believes that the meat business will go out of business soon and nobody will be able to purchase meat on a regular basis. Furthermore, he trusts it might be better to push down the demand by a little bit. This idea was not meant for producers to lose money. On the other hand, if the demand happened to be artificially depressed for one day, he believes that they would not be able to charge a couple cents more and a stamp. He seems to look at both directions when searching for a solution for the countries meat problem. Moreover, the author does make excellent points that show his passion for meat.

Ashley Taylor

Ozersky provides a great example to support his argument for the improvement of the quality of meat that we eat. He discusses the presence of pink slime as an additive in our meats that we purchase at the grocery store. He explains the presence of the pink slime is caused by the demand for low prices and more meat. The additives are the solution to keep meat prices down as the demand for said meat soars higher and higher. I think this is his most powerful argument from my perspective, as I am familiar with the recent news articles and discussion generated about the pink slime in our major grocery stores. Ozersky really emphasizes the increase of demand for meat and how that has resulted in lower quality of meats. I really felt that his discussion on the actual number of people compared to 1950 was interesting – it really helped illustrate how people have not increased in actual numbers, but yet their “need” for meat has increased. This evidence not only supports his argument, but is very sufficient grounds for making his overall point.
Ozersky’s language really made the article more entertaining. I was amused by his coined phrases, like “round-the-clock meatitude.” I could easily understand what he meant by the language he chose to use in his writing. In the example “round-the-clock meatitude” it is easy to infer he is referring to the fact that people are now constantly thinking about meat for all meals. In addition, I understood that it also referred to meat being the main focus of all courses. Not only is the language entertaining, but it helps his audience understand and contemplate his argument.
Within the United States alone there are over 3 million people. If every person participated in Meatless Mondays, we could approximate the amount of meat (taking the vegetarian population and the infant population into consideration) not bought for one day to be at least 50,000 pounds of meat. That’s in one day. Yes, I think the movement can be successful and our family participates beyond the movement already – we only eat meat at 2-3 meals a week. We do not eat “bad cuts” of meat and support local farmers and eco-conscious farming efforts. Our family would not be affected by these changes personally; especially since we buy our meats from a local store that sets their prices without any reflection of the grocery chains (we pay $5.29/lb of ground beef – the farmers raise their cattle in humane conditions in both regard to the animals and the land). We eat about 2/3 of a cow throughout the entire year. I personally believe that not only is Ozersky on the right track with his argument, but this practice should be extended more than one day a week. This movement would be a positive change for farmers, the animals and not to mention our growing rate of obesity. Introducing healthier, easily digestible foods in place of meats would be a very smart move. You could even therefore extend the positive change to our healthcare insurance costs – which would in theory decrease if our health improved and we required less medications, checkups, treatments, surgeries, etc. Our healthcare system could focus on curing natural diseases rather than ones that we produce as the result of overeating fatty processed foods. The chain of positive changes that could result of extended Meatless Mondays doesn’t just end with our livestock supply and demand.

Corey D

1.Ozersky is concerned with the quality of the meat that Americans are eating because as a society we have such a high demand for meat that the industry has had to turn to fillers and feed additives to support demand. Ozersky points to the ABC News expose on “pink slime” aka “lean finely textured beef” as an example of the lengths the industry is going to. Ozersky also drops into his argument terms like “salmonella” and “ecoli”, which sparks fear in the reader. However, I feel that Ozersky never really supports his argument with facts. Dropping in terms that frighten or shock people do not an argument make. Now, perhaps providing more support regarding the frequency of food borne illness outbreaks associated with meat and illustrating why feed additives and fillers are bad for the consumers health would have provided a better argument.

2. The use of the phrase “round-the-clock meatitude” does not make the article more interesting or entertaining. It is a short phrase in a long argument. I think it makes sense when you are looking at American culture. We are a culture that is very “meat-centric”. A meal is not complete without meat, and those who are vegetarians tend to have a skewed and have inaccurate stereotypes portrayed about them in the media as either hippie tree huggers, or teenage girls.

3. I do believe that “Meatless Monday” is a movement that could potentially impact meat production. But, at the same time I believe that instead of focusing on eliminating meat from one’s diet for one day people could instead pledge to buy meat that is locally sourced and antibiotic and hormone free. This would be something I think most people would support. The movement could band together with the anti-CAFO movements that bring awareness to environmental impacts and animal rights violations that occur when meat is produced at large scale operations. This could easily tie into personal health choices, because large scale production operations increase the likelihood of animals using antibiotics and animals being given hormones. I would participate in “Meatless Monday”, because I do believe that if enough people participate producers would need to reassess the way they do business.

4. I would support the availability of less meat, but higher quality meat. I already try to support local farmers who I know do not use hormones, do not use antibiotics and feed grass to their livestock. This is a higher quality meat, and a socially responsible way to shop. I like the idea of the precautionary principle when it comes to the food that I eat. The precautionary principle states that if the end result is unknown, or uncertain, it is best to error on the side of caution. When we are talking about something that is being put into our bodies, and into our environment, it is best to error on the side of caution.

Ivey

1. The evidence Ozersky uses is that the meat industry cannot meet its demand, that’s why there are things such as pink slime. I feel that this evidence is sufficient because our population is growing and we are having trouble feeding the world, so in order to fill the gap in demands, producers came up with ways that some may seem unnatural or unhealthy.
2. “Round-the-clock meatitude” did make sense to me. I believe it means that people expect meat for every meal they consume. I believe “round-the-clock meatitude” makes the article more entertaining because it adds humor to a topic that could potentially be very sensitive or serious. It helps lighten the possible dark mood, making the article more positive rather than negative.
3. I do not think that “Meatless Monday” movement could cause any changes in meat production in the United States. I think this because I do not think enough people would participate or carry through with this movement. There are millions of vegetarians and vegans out there not contributing to the use or consumption of animal products, but there is still a shortage of meat. One day out of the week would not make an impact. Personally, I would not participate in this movement because I enjoy consuming meat and being able to have that option of being able to choose to eat meat or not too. There also are ways to help with the shortage of food, which does not involve not eating a certain thing one day a week.
4. If there were less meat products available, but it was more expensive and had better quality, I would still buy meat even if it cost more. The meat would be more expensive but you are buying meat with better quality, making it worth the price. This to me would be a positive change, because it would be better to pay more for a higher quality cut of meat, rather than paying more for a cut of meat that was a low quality product. If Meatless Monday could stop low quality products from ending up on our grocery shelves, then I would be all for it, but unfortunately I cannot see not consuming meat one day a week making much of an impact.

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