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Rethinking the food we eat

CHOICE OF FOOD is personal and deeply ingrained in people, and it is understandable when they are reluctant to give up foods they have enjoyed since childhood. But the reasons for giving up meat are growing in number and urgency (''Lessons from my pig Winnie," op ed, March 19).

The feelings associated with a backyard barbecue or holiday meal are of enjoyment, memories, friends, and family. What is not seen or heard are the terrified animals screaming, the injured immigrant meat factory workers performing dangerous jobs, and the toxic effects of factory farming in someone else's neighborhood.

Imagine your pet slashed and boiled alive, your child or parent working with dangerous equipment and bloody carcasses, and your water supply filled with runoff from tons of manure.

Everyone who ignores these images is guilty of perpetuating them. Look beyond the happy image of hamburgers and hot dogs and think about what the advertisements don't tell you.

LINDA SERFASS
Hudson


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