In December of 2004, reflecting after Thanksgiving, I wrote about the consequences of the United State's 'food system' if you will; from health to environmental fallout. Please keep in mind, this was in a time before routine reporting of birds falling dead in large numbers from the sky, or fish coming up mysteriously dead, from the depths of the ocean. That reflection is available for you to read here.
In 2004, and for several years after, I was a strict vegetarian and on and off vegan.
Today, I eat, as I once criticized, but with regret. Why? Because I have found it more convenient to go with the flow, at least when it comes to eating. There is a social importance to being able to eat in agreement with most people. Even still, I feel a sense of guilt, but at the same time, it is good to eat in the company of people without being heckled for my diet. I hope one day, we can all consciously change to eat in a way that is good for our future children.