I had an interesting encounter in the bathroom at work yesterday. One of my co-workers was wearing a fur scarf around her neck and the other one expressed how gross that is that some poor animal had to suffer for this. What, ladies at your workplace don’t just chill in the bathroom and talk about anything and everything (such as animal rights)? lol. I considered saying nothing for a second but then decided to (very politely) probe a bit…
“I agree. Are you a vegetarian by any chance?” I said. [Any guesses as to her answer??]
“No, I know, I know. I thought about it… but but…I don’t eat much red meat!”
Again, I paused, wondering if I should take it any further. I’m not usually in the business of educating my co-workers about nutrition or food ethics but then I figured it wouldn’t hurt to just mention something. Just this one thing.
“I’m not a vegetarian either.” (I’m sure that was a relief for her to hear. I think when people know that they could be doing something better but are not, they’re afraid they’re being judged when the topic comes up). “But I really try to only eat humanely raised meat.”
We then got into the discussion of how I know where my meat comes from; where I shop for it, etc. I casually mentioned my meat CSA and she genuinely seemed to be interested to hear more about it. I think I blew her mind by making her realize that there is no need for black and white: vegetarianism (or even veganism?) or full on I-kind-of-care-but-want-to-do-nothing-about-it carnivore. This was a quick conversation that may change at least some of my co-worker’s purchases going forward (or at least give her food for thought). I do not plan on preaching about it to any other unsuspecting citizens, because generally people want to talk about the weather, your next vacation plans, complain about being tired/overworked or brag about the fabulous party/dinner they recently attended/hosted. And that’s ok. Instead, I’ll try to make a small difference one post at a time… here on Healthy and Sane. Lucky you! haha
Do you ever talk about food ethics/healthy eating/fitness/etc to people that normally have no interest in this subject, because you think they may benefit? I think it’s a delicate balance (especially with co-workers!) but you may have information they would actually appreciate so sometimes it’s worth sharing!
By the way, that was actually an incredibly long intro to a discussion I wanted to have on sustainable seafood, prompted by a sample of RainCoast Trading tuna and salmon I recently received for review.
The subject of sustainable seafood has been on my mind for a while. There are so many different parties to consider- our choices impact the fishermen, the fish and our environment. I’ll cover what I learned on the subject in the next post (check back tomorrow – there will even be a giveaway of some seafood for you!!). Until then…
What do you know about sustainable seafood?