Egg Recall Musings

So how about this egg recall?  Scary stuff.  It makes me glad all over again that I decided to give up eggs.  But it makes me think, too.  Whenever a scare like this happens, people tend to freak out, wonder what went wrong, avoid the affected food for a while…and then go right back to it.  Like nothing happened.  Like it was somehow an isolated incident and had nothing to do with the conditions animals are raised under every day.  The mindset seems to be that someone else will take care of it and, once they do, everything will be okay.

Though my initial switch to veganism was for health reasons, the more I read and the more things like this happen, the more I’m beginning to realize what an enormous impact dietary choices have.  I don’t hold with the “brown rice can save the world!” mentality, but it’s pretty clear that choosing a plant-based diet over one with animal products affects more than just one person.

I wish it was easier to explain this to people.  The prevailing “my body, my choice” mentality in regards to food is sad enough from a health perspective, but even worse on a global scale.  We’re not just helping or hurting ourselves when we choose what to eat–we’re making an impact on society and the environment as a whole.  And the more people ignore this, the more we’re going to see problems like the egg recall.  I’m always glad to see the vegan movement growing, but the truth of the matter is that we’ve got a long way to go.

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4 Comments

  1. NFQ said,

    08/24/2010 at 4:41 PM

    I’m curious how you react to vegetable recalls. It’s not always meat and animal products. I remember several spinach recalls, and a tomato recall, in the last few years … mostly because of salmonella I think.

    • Sam said,

      08/25/2010 at 4:36 AM

      Hmm, that’s a good question! There hasn’t been a vegetable recall since I went vegan (which is when I started taking more serious notice of those things). In general, I try to buy organic and local produce whenever possible, or swap produce with people I know. But if there was a recall of something I eat regularly, I think I would find out what the suspected cause was (since veggies don’t usually get salmonella without some kind of carrier/contaminant), what farms were affected, and how widespread the distribution of the product was. If it seemed contained, I don’t think I’d worry much, but if it was a big outbreak, I’d look into finding alternate sources.

  2. Mandee said,

    08/22/2010 at 4:33 PM

    Good post! It’s too easy to forget warnings and go right back to eating something. And it’s hard to communicate how good you feel with the choices you’ve made, other people either think you’re trying to convert them or don’t understand.

    • Sam said,

      08/22/2010 at 7:41 PM

      I think we get lulled into a false sense of security about things like food. If you think about it, on a large scale it’s something that’s taken care of for us and, even though we should know better, we tend to assume that the people in charge know what they’re doing!