Dear Council Member Koretz,
Regarding your proposed legislation requiring vegan options in Los Angeles, I get it. I was vegan a while back, and vegetarian for a long time before that, and finding food at different public venues was really difficult. At that time, seeing that I saw myself as morally superior to everyone else because of my dietary pattern and ethical beliefs, finding food that I could eat that didn’t violate my ethics shouldn’t have been this difficult. I mean I was saving the world from the sixth great extinction, speciesism, climate change, deforestation, world hunger, heart disease and a myriad of other problems just by going vegan.
Or so I thought.
It turns out the world isn’t so black or white. This is especially true with food production and environmental impacts. The more time I spent on farms and ranches, the more I realized that there are a myriad of ways to raise, grow and or catch food that range from very bad to very good. So a dichotomy of “plants good” and “meat bad” from a health, environment, and even an ethical point of view is grossly over-simplified if not downright wrong.
As H.L. Mencken once noted, ” For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple and wrong.” Veganism is one of those simple wrong answers. So my thinking has evolved to deal with the greater complexity of the real world. Thus I’m now “post vegan.” Or, otherwise known as a regenatarian. Regen for short. So I try to be conscientious of how all the plant and animal food I eat is raised, grown or caught. Did you realize that a third of the atmosphere’s carbon dioxide is due to the plow? Do you realize how much methane rice farming produces? Plus don’t get me going on synthetic fertilizers used for industrial crop production like the corn in most store bought tortillas or the hyper processed textured wheat in Impossible Burgers.
Though unlike in my vegan past, I’m now disinclined to impose my food religion on others. But still it would be nice to have regenatarian options at airports, movie theaters, stadiums and other entertainment venues. Especially since my regenatarian diet makes me now morally superiors to the typical oblivious vegan’s diet, why shouldn’t us regens also have legislated mandated options? Those choices should include pastured livestock proteins managed in ways that regenerate soil, non-tilled organic vegetables and fryer vats without monocropped industrial seed or soy bean oils.
I’ve also found I function a lot better on a ketogenic diet. So I’m a keto regenatarian. Thus please also expand your proposed legislation to include mandated ketogenic and keto-regenatarian menu items with well sourced pastured fats. It would be really helpful too if you could make restaurants and other food service locations list their specific macro ratios of fats, proteins and carbs. Lots of people are following ketogenic and paleo diets now, so not sure if the head of the other NRA has realized it yet, but food operators are leaving money on the table if they don’t appease people on ketogenic and paleo diets.
Additionally, I have gluten issues and since I got my 23 & Me results back, I’ve decided to embrace my Semitic roots. It turns out that all the stories my mother told me about my ancestry being a Scottish highlander and Lakota warrior simply weren’t true. I’m almost entirely an Ashkenazie Jew. So also need a Rabbi to bless my gluten free, keto regenatarian food. Considering how much money us Jews have, makes perfect economic sense to mandate restaurants, especially those in public venues, to at least provide kosher, gluten free kosher, gluten free ketogenic kosher, and gluten free keto regenatarian kosher options for their customers like me.
Heck, such mandates for specific audiences make perfect sense for low margin businesses in already super regulated environments. When LAX or other similar places issues RFP’s, these places should make such requirements part of their selection process. This will certainly make Los Angeles a leader in environmental conscientiousness when it comes to what’s at the end of one’s fork. Screw food costs. Screw market forces. Legislated mandates are what’s required to make sure our respective food religions are respected whenever any of us want to go out to eat. Bring on the nanny state!!!
Thank you for your time and consideration.