That, is the question…

Or rather “Can you be a ‘Good Environmentalist’ and still eat meat”, which is a murky thing, but for the vast majority the answer is “No”.

In a perfect world, we’d all be sustenance farmers that love our cows and chickens and goats and give them names and comfy, happy homes in which to wile the day away, giving us their milk and eggs until they reach a pleasant, painless end…and fork over the flesh. Unfortunately, most people Aren’t in a position (or are unwilling) to to put in the time and effort it takes to raise and then “process” (=slaughter) their own livestock. So we resort to the abomination that is the commercial meat industry  which does things like so:

That aside, the event should be interesting. Howard Lyman, a fourth generation farmer from Montana who was educated in modern farming practices and owned a huge commercial cattle ranch, has been vegan since 1991.

Are we so attached to the dietary fallacies with which we were raised, so afraid to counter the arbitrary laws of eating taught to us in childhood by our misinformed parents, that we cannot alter the course they set us on, even if it leads to our own ruin?”

Nicollette Hahn Niman, a one time environmental lawyer for Waterkeeper Alliance, Robert Kennedy Jr.’s environmental organization, and current wife of Bill Niman, founder and former owner of Niman Ranch, one of the most well-known commercial cattle ranches in the country, is the opposing voice.

Let’s just hope the discussion encompasses the relevant issues and isnt’ hijacked off onto to some useless tangents…

Lyman vs. Niman:
Can You Be a ‘Good Environmentalist’ and Still Eat Meat?
Thursday, May 20, 2010
7:00 PM (Doors open @ 6:30)
Richard & Rhoda Goldman Theater
The David Brower Center
2150 Allston Way in Berkeley