6 Spooooky value-based treats for Halloween!
Exploitation in Food
Oscar Wilde once said, 'Everything in moderation, including moderation' - perfect for a time of year when we fill pillow cases with candy, dunk our heads into barrels of apples, and engage in all manner of costumed debauchery.
On a typical day, you probably wouldn't find yourself giving the go-ahead to your kids to cram a bunch of sugar into their faces after dark, but Halloween is very special (for children and the adults who sneak into their candy buckets to squirrel away choice pieces for secret enjoyment).
Halloween is also a wonderful time to share your values with your entire neighborhood! It's easy to align your treats (maybe not your tricks) with your personal values, and even on Halloween, contribute to making the world a better more compassionate place for everyone. At least until the sugar crash.
School Lunches: It's Peanut Butter Jelly Time!
Even though it is fairly uncontroversial to say that exploiting people to make money is wrong, a large number of companies owe much of their success to doing just that. It is so prevalent in certain industries that exploitation is essentially a standard operating procedure. Some of the industries with the worst reputations include extraction/mining of rare metals and fossil fuels (which is in tech devices and cars), seafood harvesting and processing, clothing and textile manufacturing, and cocoa production. Exploitation in these industries take a wide-range of forms: human trafficking, slavery, sweatshops, child labor, environmental injustice, to name just a few.
Meat Week: Animal Welfare
School is upon is, and barring any nut allergies in the vicinity, it may very well be Peanut Butter Jelly Time (whether or not you've heard that song before, if you click that link it will get stuck in your head - you're welcome!).
Meat Week: Reducing Carbon Footprint
Clearly, we realize that when we talk about the welfare of animals in the same breath as value-based meat consumption, there's a bit of a disconnect.
If we were discussing absolutes, we'd have to say that someone who really cares about the welfare of animals simply wouldn't eat meat. But no one expects the world to work like that, and there are companies and certifying groups that are working diligently to lessen the discomfort and pain of animals that will be turned into food.
For those of us who want to reduce our carbon footprint through the way we eat and choose our food, meat is one of the biggest problem areas.
Across the board, meat is pretty bad for the environment, with beef being the biggest offender in most cases. One pound of beef has roughly four times the CO2 footprint of a pound of chicken.
So, if we don't want to cut meat out of our diet but we want to reduce our footprint, what should we do?
Providing good guidance on consciously consuming meat is a tricky thing.
We know that this is a controversial and emotional subject.
And there's no way we can cover every nuance of it. But we'll spend the week on ways to align meat eating with personal values, and end with an interview with a wellness coach who can shed some light on nutritional values as well!