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My 10-Year-Old Responds to 10-Year-Old Food Inc. Viewer

Michael Ruhlman had a heartfelt post the other day about taking his 10-year-old son to see Food Inc. You should read the whole thing; go there, I’ll be here when you’re done.

Okay, so as it happens I read that right as we were in the middle of the Lake County Fair, where my 10-year-old son Myles was showing his lamb Arachnophobia (they took second in the weight class). And I thought as a result of raising his own lamb Myles had a pretty different perspective from the average kid about his food, or even the above-average kid who’s just been to see Food Inc. So I asked him on camera if he had anything to say to Michael Ruhlman’s son about that experience. Here’s Myles on raising a 4-H lamb (this was shot on my little point and shoot camera, so it’s not as big and fancy as a Sky Full of Bacon video):

My 10-Year-Old Talks About Raising His 4-H Lamb from Michael Gebert on Vimeo.

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2 Responses to “My 10-Year-Old Responds to 10-Year-Old Food Inc. Viewer”

  1. anonymous Says:

    I’ve met a lot of “grown-ups” that have a similar outlook as Miles in the sense that they wouldn’t want to eat “their” lamb. It seems like it’s always with sheep and goats. For instance, I know someone who grew up on a farm in Iowa and is a big carnivore but she won’t eat lamb. I also know some people who grew up in Europe and their families slaughter a lamb around Easter. They may eat lamb occasionally but do not go out of their way to eat it. I also know someone from NZ whose father raised goats–so he will not eat goat for one reason or another. Psychology and food–can’t separate the two.

  2. Jon in Albany Says:

    I think anonymous is right about adults having a similar out as Miles, but I don’t think it sheep/goat issue.

    It came up before, but I am part owner of a few cows being raised by my father-in-law. My father-in-law doesn’t come out and say it, but he clearly does not like the day the cows are slaughtered. He is a different person that day. I believe the issue is that he has seen these cows every day for a little under 2 years. He has a relationship with them. They know him. They know his voice. He knows them too. He can point out differences between them that a casual observer would not notice. It is difficult for him to participate in their slaughter.

    We all have our lines. Things that are OK, others that aren’t. There are those who eat horse, dog or seal and others that would never dream of eating those meats. Not sure if you have ever seen the film The Big Chill, but following is from one of my favorite scenes:

    Michael:I don’t know anyone who could get through the day without two or three juicy rationalizations. They’re more important than sex.

    Sam: Ah, come on. Nothing’s more important than sex.

    Michael: Oh yeah? Ever gone a week without a rationalization?