The thread on mainstream foods reminded me of an old Kung Fu episode where a Native American warrior held a large fish he had just killed aloft, thanking the fish for the life he had given to feed the man. This is not that far removed from the traditional "family blessing" said in many homes, with the exception that the young Indian was very much aware that he had killed his food. He recognized the connection and on some level empathized with the sacrifice that was necessary. In my mind, choosing to avoid eating meats avoids the issue, but does not resolve it. I grieve a little when it's time to harvest a chicken or a cow. I believe that to be an appropriate part of the process. The disconnection that occurs when we eat meats that come from the grocery store robs us of the appreciation for the animal and the farmer and is something that our culture promotes. It requires an act of courage to return to a more direct encounter, but it is something I believe we would benefit from in the cultural psyche. If nothing else, perhaps it would teach us to value the human life more dearly and not let our politicians spend them as political capital in the "oil wars." What do you think about your food?