The Critical 'I'

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Sunday, January 18, 2004

"EVERYTHING BUT THE MOO"
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Just as it's practically impossible to buy a wholly "American-made" car, it's extremely difficult for those trying to avoid mad-cow contamination to steer clear of unwanted cow-derived products. Because even the horns and hooves find their way into consumer products, the pledge by the beef industry to use "everything but the moo" during production is queasily true (although Daniel Frank points out that this goal is often praised when it was practiced by Native American).

Forget about mad cow; in light of this, it's got to be impossible to be a vegan/vegitarian, unless you want to be willfully ignorant. I mean, who figured a breath mint would contain any cow parts?

As usual, I'm quite content being willfully ignorant when it comes to food processing, from the factory to the restaurant. Don't ask, don't tell.