Because I write about the human relationship to nature and about what non-human animals think and feel, people often ask me what I eat. I am not strictly in any category. Food can be complicated but improving our relationship with food isn’t so difficult. I try to be thoughtful about it. I eat very little meat.
I am not strictly vegetarian but there are a lot of things I don’t want to eat and never buy. I never buy beef or pork, and essentially never buy any farmed animal meat or products. I don’t mind eating oysters, though oysters are animals. Not all animals have equal capacity for suffering. Everything is on a sliding scale.
For me, how animals live is more important than whether they die because we all die, and in nature there is constant predation. In nature, if a predator kills an animal for food, that prey animal got to be who it was supposed to be until the moment it was killed. On modern animal farms, the animals seldom experience one moment of life as they might have. Only on farms, especially modern factory farms, are animals made to live miserably before they die. So I don’t want anything to do with that. I have not bought farmed animal meat to cook at home since the early 1980s.