Pink slime—the infamous ammonia-treated ground beef, rejected by fast food restaurants including McDonald's, Burger King, and Taco Bell—is back in the news this week, with reports that the USDA is planning to buy 7 million pounds for the National School Lunch Program.
Try to digest that for a bit then watch The Butcher's Karma, the new video by James Beard award-winning filmmaker Mike Gebert at Sky Full of Bacon. Listen carefully to the man my friend Mike calls "The Zen Butcher", Bartlett Durand of Black Earth Meats, in Black Earth, Wisconsin. Durand was a vegetarian for 18 years, until he and his wife moved to India, ironically. There they practiced the martial art Kalaripayat. After an unexpected meal of fish curry, they felt their strength restored. The Buddhist speaks thoughtfully of "owning your karma."