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Opinion: Stop eating meat to help ease California’s drought

Heidi Timinsky
Special to the Sun

Normally when I sit down to write an article, I take hours to research credible facts, find their sources, write in perfect, grammatically correct sentences — you know, so it sounds good and people will listen.

Well, that doesn’t seem to be working, so I’m going to break “The Drought” down for people in lay terms.

You know when you eat three times a day, seven days a week and there is meat on your plate every time — that means you are contributing to the drought.

I don’t care if you are seriously adhering to the government’s advice and taking less showers, skipping a day of watering your lawn and changing your appliances. If you are eating meat, you are seriously contributing to the drought.

“After the animals are slaughtered, more water is needed to make those dead, rotting carcasses look all pretty when packaged and actually edible.”

This is where I would put in all the scientific, credible facts (I’ve written that article numerous times. Check it out online if you want real facts: “It’s OK to say ‘stop eating meat’”).

Since that doesn’t seem to sway people, how about this: See that piece of chicken or beef or bacon or whatever animal it is on your plate? Water was needed to grow the animal’s food so that animal could get huge and fat and ready for slaughter. Then more water was needed to give that animal a drink; actually, multiple drinks a day, so it could live long enough to get to slaughter.

Then can you even imagine the amount of water needed to clean up the blood, excrement and guts off the slaughterhouse floor of the 10 billion animals that are killed each year for us to eat. After the animals are slaughtered, more water is needed to make those dead, rotting carcasses look all pretty when packaged and actually edible.

And I’m going to go out on a limb and conclude that the slaughterhouse worker most likely didn’t skip his shower that evening.

Come on people —how many years are we going to ignore this gigantic cow in the room. I’m so over this complete denial and refusal of our government to really say what the hell is going on.

Eating no or less meat will really save us a load of water — I promise. I’m so at the end of my rope, I need a long, cold shower, and a handful of almonds, and I swear I won’t be contributing to the drought because of it.

I’m actually solving the drought by not having animals on my plate every time I sit down for a meal. Now there’s some food for thought.

Heidi Timinsky is an Olympic Valley resident.


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