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Living the 7th Principle and Eating Your Bacon, Too

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Is ethical bacon a thing? Harmony UU member Erin Kotch explores what food labels say about animals' lives and how this impacts the earth and our health.

Read the full text of this sermon at https://harmonyuu.org/living-the-7th-principle-ethical-bacon/

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Living the 7th Principle and Eating Your Bacon, Too

  1. 1. Live the 7th Principle and Eat your Bacon, too
  2. 2. It’sBiologyIt’sBiology Omnivores -Teeth -Digestive tract -Mental capacity to hunt
  3. 3. MoralityofMeatMoralityofMeat - We have humans with lower mental capacity than some animals Cannot fully participate in society Included in Moral Consideration Argument from Marginal Cases
  4. 4. InterestsofSpeciesInterestsofSpecies PAIN
  5. 5. PainvsSufferingPainvsSuffering
  6. 6. ProcessvsPrincipleProcessvsPrinciple
  7. 7. SeekingaMoralEggSeekingaMoralEgg
  8. 8. LabelsLabels CONVENTIONAL GRASS FINISHED GRASS FED
  9. 9. LabelsLabels CAGE FREE MARKETING REALITY FREE RANGE
  10. 10. LabelsLabels Humane Society Recognized Designations • Animal Welfare Approved • Certified Humane • American Humane Certified • Food Alliance Certified • United Egg Producers Certified Allow beak cutting
  11. 11. ActionItemsActionItems 1. Reduce meat consumption 2. Shop humane labels 3. Shop farmer’s market 5. Raise your own 4. Join CSA
  12. 12. 1. Does our ability to manufacture meat alternatives create a moral mandate for vegan eating? Is meeting the “characteristic form of life” standard enough? 2. Have you tried reducing meat consumption? What has worked, or not? 3. How do you decide “what’s for dinner”? How do your sources of food influence that decision? 4. Would removing the wall between us and farms change our relationship with food animals? Our relationship with food? 5. If we could remove industrial farm lobby money from the process, what should be government’s role in regulating and encouraging ethical meat sourcing? DiscussionDiscussion
  13. 13. …if we could see what lies on the far side of the increasingly high wall of our industrial agriculture, we would surely change the way we eat -Michael Pollan

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