So, I work in hospitality people. It's true. In fact: I have THREE hospitality jobs. Two cafes and one french restaurant. The french restaurant is definitely the hardest. If I lived in a more forward-thinking city: I would absolutely boycott working at such places, but unfortunately if I wanted to only work in Vegan cafes and restaurants, I would be limited to one option. And they ain't hiring. I checked.
So, working in hospitaltiy I partake in the wonderful practice of "food prep". This is obviously: prepping food. This involves slicing, labelling, cooking and packaging things to make our service times more manageable. It also involves working pretty closely with food that people are going to be consuming.
When you go into a cafe to eat: for some reason we kind of assume they have our best interests at heart. That they will be serving us good food they themselves would be happy to eat. Don't get me wrong: all my workplaces are amazing and I think they do uphold this; but I see some things on a daily basis that make my resolution against meat and dairy stronger and stronger with each new day. Meat and dairy seem to be the main "problem" foods. It's quite hilarious. When you do a "Food Safety" test: something that is compulsory to work in hospitaltiy: you learn about all the different ways you can kill someone. It's fun. And ALL the problem foods that you have to learn about, all the ones to stress about: to keep at a particular temperature, to keep record of how long it's out of the fridge, etc and so forth: are ALL meat and dairy. It doesn't matter how long you leave a carrot out of the fridge. Carrots for the win!
I find it really interesting how hard we work to keep these foods from hurting us. When in the end: they are hurting us anyway. It's really, really interesting.
Yesterday: i was prepping eggs. My lil' ol' heart breaking a little with each shell I cracked, imagining the poor chickens with their hour of sleep every night pumping out egg after egg for our greedy "needs". Anyhoo...I was cracking away and there it is: red dot. A red dot on the yoke! And then again! These eggs aren't in a carton that makes them look "cheap" either. It has no mention of organic or free-range, but it does say "no added hormones". So I assume my employer thought she was making some kind of ethical choice by choosing this brand: even if it was just for humans, not for the animals.
After seeing the red dot, I enquired with one of my co-workers, as "I don't eat eggs" (phew) I wasn't sure if it was okay to leave that dot in there. Is that bad? Should I start from scratch? Problem is: that red dot has already made the whole bowl of eggs look a little off-colour, but I've already put in about twelve, which would be such a terrible waste. She assures me it's okay, so she takes over and begins to whisk. The red is gone and buried within the whisked white and yoke and those eggs will be served to customers.
Maybe there's nothing wrong with a little red on your egg yoke? Maybe there's nothing wrong with that little white fluffy stuff coming out of the shell that reminds us it could have been a baby chicken. I'm not sure. But all I know is: I AM SO FUCKING GLAD I DON'T EAT THIS SHIT ANYMORE!!
Why would you? I'm pretty much at the point now where I cannot understand eating an egg unless you know 100% where it has come from and how those chickens were treated. It's just too disgusting otherwise. Eggs absolutely can provide us with some good proteins and vitamins, I'm not going to argue that: but they are also very high in saturated fat, very high in cholesterol and highly susceptible to all the crap that chickens ingest, get infected by and suffer from. They are their PERIODS.
PERIODS. Unfertilised egg = PERIOD!
Why do I rant about this? Well....it's very simple. The main argument people come at me with is: Hannah why can't you just eat Organic eggs? Well, I know for myself personally why I do not, but don't you come at me with that argument and use it as a reason to eat ANY egg. You give me that argument and think you've had some kind of Vegan win, but then you go and eat any old egg from any old cafe and any old farm. YOU are NOT only eating organic eggs. You are coming into this cafe and having your lunch. These eggs ain't organic. These eggs are fucking foul.
Is it really so hard to just go without?
NO, it isn't. It's easier, simpler and fucking healthier.
(The egg looked EXACTLY like this one I found on Google....urrrghhhh)
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