Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder, slaughters his own food

Charlie - posted on 05/28/2011 ( 29 moms have responded )

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Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook founder, has started slaughtering his own food, including slicing the throat of a goat with a knife, as part of a sustainable living project.
The 27-year-old billionaire said his decision to kill his own meat was part of a “personal challenge” he had set himself to appreciate food more and understand where it comes from.

Earlier this month he announced on his personal Facebook account: “I just killed a pig and a goat.”

After a series of less than positive responses he explained that he wanted to live more sustainably by only eating what he had personally killed. That has included eating the heart, liver and feet of a chicken.

In an email to Fortune magazine he said: “I started thinking about this last year when I had a pig roast at my house. A bunch of people told me that even though they loved eating pork, they really didn't want to think about the fact that the pig used to be alive.

“That just seemed irresponsible to me. I don't have an issue with anything people choose to eat, but I do think they should take responsibility and be thankful for what they eat rather than trying to ignore where it came from.

“I think many people forget that a living being has to die for you to eat meat, so my goal revolves around not letting myself forget that and being thankful for what I have.”

Mr Zuckerberg said he had mostly become a vegetarian since embarking on his new challenge, which had taught him about sustainable farming and raising animals. He has also boiled a live lobster.

His girlfriend Priscilla Chan has joined him in the challenge and when they go out to restaurants they eat vegetarian dishes.

Mr Zuckerberg is being advised on his new diet by Jesse Cool, a Silicon Valley chef and advocate for sustainable organic agriculture.

She said: “He cut the throat of the goat with a knife, which is the most kind way to do it.”

The Facebook founder's previous annual personal challenges have included wearing a tie, and learning Mandarin.

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Should people be more thoughtful when it comes to meat ?

Should children know where their food , including their meat comes from ?

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Tara - posted on 05/28/2011

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Hell yes!
We should know where our meat comes from, what it ate before we eat it and how it was raised. Responsible consumerism includes food in our house.
I am very thoughtful especially about meat, I would like to know how that cow was fed before I eat it, was it a feed lot factory cow that may be contaminated with E-Coli 157 due to being raised in a feed lot or is it a pasture fed cow that lived it's life in a field of grass and clover, happily munching away on good green grass like they were designed to do.
I like to knowing my eggs were collected by my mother in law or niece from chickens that live on their farm, eating bugs, running in the sunshine, drinking fresh water, having room to roam and be chickeny.
I like to know that the chickens I eat also live free, running wild all over the farm like a real flock of birds. mmmmm.... chicken. Not cooped up in a warehouse with less than a square foot of space, or worse stuck in a cage where they go from chicks to chickens in about 4 weeks instead of the natural 10-12 weeks.

My kids all know where our food comes from, they know about sustainable farming, they know about feed lots and factory farms and contaminated meat. They know about how animals are raised in commercial operations and they know how they should be raised.
If we have chicken from the store they can tell the difference in taste from a chicken from gramma and papa's farm. They think animals should be happy before we kill and eat them.
When my oldest daughter was 2.5 we had all out 50 chickens processed at the end of the summer, when they all arrived back at our farm in the freezer she would go out each night, make us lift the lid so she could say "Night Night Chickky num nums.. mmmm chicky num nums"
lol it was so funny, but also so natural. None of the kids ever batted an eye.
My brother is an archery buff, he hunts everything with his bow and arrows, he shot, skinned, gutted and packed up a deer in our backyard once. The kids watched the whole thing, it didn't faze them at all. And once the meat was all stored in the freezer they named each piece "Bucky" and we enjoyed eating Bucky all winter, and each time we sat down to a meal of "bucky" we would say "Thank you to mom for cooking dinner, thank you to the garden and sun and rain for growing salad and thank you to Bucky for dying so we could eat you."

I honestly think if we are trying to raise more conscientious consumers, we really should be telling them as much as we can about the food industry. And we should be encouraging them to be more aware of what they eat, what it ate before you eat it, where it was raised, how it was processed etc. so that they can make wiser choices as they grow up, and so they can be more vocal in the food industry as it continues to develop into something so far from what an actual "farm" is.
Off my food soap box now. lolol
Good Healthy Food is my thing.

Sarah - posted on 05/28/2011

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Oh, and the fact that he got lots of negative comments for what he did is a bit hypocritical is they were meat eaters!
Just because he did the killing, it doesn't mean the animal is any more dead!

Rosie - posted on 05/28/2011

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oh heavens yes!! i was blissfully oblivious to where my meat came from and then watched food inc. and it really opened my eyes. nobody had ever sat down and explained WHY it was bad to feed cows grain, just that it was. nobody explained how much factory farming is destroying the earth, just that it was. i couldn't fathom the WHY'S until i dug a little further.

now that i know feeding a cow grain makes it sick, therefore it needs to be given antibiotics, it's a gross never ending cycle of sickness and ecoli. why on earth would i want to eat a sick animal? what about that sounds healthy at all? *shivers*

i started buying grassfed from a local farmer. i know HIS story as to why he's passionate about it, and how he does it. it just makes sense to feed an animal what it is supposed to eat, instead of giving it something that will make it sick and pumping it full of drugs to help make it better. i also get grassfed milk, yogurt, soon i'll be getting butter, and i want to try to get some cheese as well.



whenever i get these things from the store (i can't always afford cheese and butter, i'm trying as much as i can, lol) i can really paranoid about what i am eating. not enough that i've cut it out completely, but i have reduced my usage of it. i wish it wasn't so expensive to eat how you're meant to eat.



i also garden a little, this year i've made a bigger one. im excited to see what i'll get out of it! next year i will be doing a CSA, and i get my eggs from the lady that does the CSA.



now as for me personally killing my own animal? mayeb a chicken, i've done it before when i was little, it skeeved me a bit, but meh. a bigger animal? couldnt' do it. i'll let nick wallace (my meat guy) do that for me, lol.

Lady Heather - posted on 05/28/2011

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Yes and yes.

I think the thing I like most about where I live is how connected people are to the animals they eat. Everyone I know has a hunter in the family and it's not for sport. A friend of mine keeps backyard rabbits and she butchers them herself. Chickens are pretty commonly kept. And even though our weather is crap, I don't know anyone who doesn't have a garden of some sort. It's either that or the farmer's market for us in the summer time because it's the only way we get anything that tastes good. Store produce comes from far away.

Our kids will be raised just that way - grow as much as we can, hunt in the fall, supplement with farmer's market and my friend's range raised and grass fed organic beef. Just have to get past this year because baby is due smack in the middle of hunting season and I really can't be left alone because of my health issues. But next year!

~♥Little Miss - posted on 05/28/2011

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I think this is totally awesome that he does this! Appreciating life, and what happens to an animal when it is slaughtered for food....this says a lot about his character. I have been a vegetarian for 17 years, but if you are gonna eat meat...this is the way to go. People just go buy their meat out of the grocery store without a second thought.....so much meat is wasted that never sells, or not used from the animal. I really respect him for doing this.

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Lacye - posted on 06/23/2011

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I think this is pretty awesome! If I had to, yes I would go and kill a deer to eat. My family is big on hunting and fishing and yes we even have a nice size garden! We know where the food has come from and we have worked hard to have fresh veggies for the winter. I think what he is doing is pretty awesome.

Katherine - posted on 05/29/2011

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My daughter thinks chickens come from eggs. She doesn't have the concept that we KILL our food to eat it.
What he is doing is not unheard of for god sakes!


Why don't people have better things to do? Oh, because he's a jerk who has boob issues.


Sorry just posted.

Becky - posted on 05/28/2011

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Oh, and I've always wanted a bunny, but Jeff says we'd have it until fall, fatten it up, and then eat it. Aack! I couldn't eat my own pet! Thus, we do not get a bunny!

Becky - posted on 05/28/2011

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We raised chickens for eggs and meat, and had goats growing up in Africa. Although I don't think we ever ate our own goats, because we weren't huge goat meat fans, every now and then, one would be given away to be "put in the sauce." Although I've never actually helped slaughter an animal, I've seen it done many times, and have eaten meat that I've seen killed and then roasted on the spit. I'm not a fan of eating meat that looks like what it is (like a whole pig or sheep on the spit) and I hate handling raw meat, so slaughtering my own meat wouldn't be for me, but I think it's great if he wants to do it. My husband hunts, so he's all for slaughtering our own meat too. I know once our kids are old enough, they'll be going with him. I do think it's good for kids to know where their food comes from. That's part of the reason we're growing a garden this year.

Mrs. - posted on 05/28/2011

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Actually Barb, Food Inc., becoming a vege was not the message I think he was trying to get across. In fact, seeing Food Inc made me realize that mass bad farm practices apply to all food. It also made me more aware of what kind of diet is sustainable and best for us/the environment...and it wasn't being vegetarian. It was eating meat, but not a sick amount and only from animals that are well cared for/not pumped full of shit. To support local farmers who respect their animals, encourage using the whole animal...basically moderation and awareness is key.

That movie actually made me think twice about being a vegan...and pretty pissed at the big factory farms.

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I think this is great...it is actually the exact reason I don't eat meat or wear leather...I could not kill and dress the meat myself, so I don't see any rationally consistent way to continue eating or wearing it...I haven't for nearly half my life.

Firebird - posted on 05/28/2011

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If I could do that, I would. Mainly because I'd prefer to have control over how my food is raised, treated and killed.

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We ate eggs from our chickens growing up. My sister's friend came over to spend the night and mom made us eggs for breakfast. We went out and got them from under the chickens. The little girl was floored and wouldn't eat her eggs. When asked where she thought eggs came from she said, "The factory."

YES, we should all know where our food comes from. My family is in the process of changing our diet. We started gardening. We buy eggs and rice and honey and milk and butter directly from farmers. This fall we are getting a grassfed cow. I'm currently searching for a cheese source. Then I'll be on the hunt for better chicken and fish.

Could I slaughter my own animal? No. I have a tendency to name animals. But my husband could do it.

Barb - posted on 05/28/2011

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@ Sarah, yeah, hypocritical if they are meat eaters or leather wearers.

@ Shannen; My MIL's husband is the same way.. He has a herd of grass fed, black angus cattle. He took 6 to auction last year and ended up buying them all back.. he just didn't have the heart to let them go.

Barb - posted on 05/28/2011

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Absolutely!! And good for him for doing this.

If people saw how their meat was raised and processed they would quickly become vegetarian. Hell, just watch "food, inc." and you will realize the horrible issues that go along with factory farms to make meat cheap.

The cheap comes out expensive in health care costs.

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I have helped slaughter a sheep once. My 2 oldest ones were there but they were not interested. My children know what meat comes from where, well i just asked my 4 yr old and lets just say it's a work in progress. I would like to slaughter another sheep/cow from my parents property but my dad gets attached to his animals :s

Dana - posted on 05/28/2011

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I feel the same way Cathy.

Ideally I would love to own a place with enough room to have a couple cows and chickens at least. Of course some fruit trees, nut trees and a garden too!

Morgan - posted on 05/28/2011

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I think kids need to know more about where all food comes from not just meat, could I kill it myself............ Nope

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If I had to kill my own meat, I'd be a vegetarian. I don't eat MUCH meat, but I do eat it and don't think about it when I'm buying, cooking, eating it.

I did watch my ex cleaning our pigs before (couldn't watch him kill them, but my then 5 year olds did once) and it made me sad, but I'd still eat it.....

Mrs. - posted on 05/28/2011

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Well, I said it here before, but..

I was a vegan for two decades and had to go back to eating meat this year for my health. I did a lot of research about the meat I'm consuming and the choices I was going to have to make now that I was eating animals again. If I don't know where the meat comes from, if it is not a place I have looked into...I don't eat it. I'm not supporting the factory farms. I am not rewarding an industry that makes so many poor people ill with my money. It cost more for the meat I eat, but we buy one idea, like a whole chicken once a week and make it last (and use it all, the spine included).

I used to hunt small game with my father when I was young. I was aware of what it means to kill and eat an animal. The industry that is the big factory farms has no relation to that process at all.

Tara - posted on 05/28/2011

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@Jennifer.
My whole family hunts except me, and that will change next year when I go for my hunter safety course so I can get my own bow and start going out with my family to kill our own meat.
My mom is 60, got her license and gun hunter safety two years ago. She has so far killed, skinned and gutted two of her own deer kills, two wild Tom Turkeys, and one moose. She loves that she can have a freezer full of healthy meat and never has to buy it again. So do I because we get a lot of meat from her and her hubby.

Mel - posted on 05/28/2011

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I couldnt personally do that no way, I dont think Im ready to tell my kid where meat comes from yet. I do feel so sad that animals die for us to eat meat but it hasnt stopped me eating meat because I figure if we dont someone else will. I try not to think about the fact that an animal has died for that

Jodi - posted on 05/28/2011

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My kids know where their meat comes from. I have taught them. I wouldn't go as far as killing our own meat so that they are taught this, I don't think that is necessary and is probably going a bit overboard. But, if Zuckerberger feels this way, good on him. He certainly doesn't deserve the criticism for having this view.

Jenni - posted on 05/28/2011

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Sure. I've always been a fan of Ted Nudgent for the same philosophy. I think it does help you to appreciate the life you're taking to consume. To me it's more respectful. I feel guilty supporting slaughter factories.



But at the same time....



*I* couldn't do it. Maybe that means I shouldn't be eating meat. But after trying to be vegetarian for 2 years other people's hamburgers started speaking to me: "EAT ME!!!" Meat's just too darn good.



Oh, btw. My kids know where their meat comes from because I tell them. They've known since they were 2 yo that we kill cows to make hamburgers and that cats kill birds to eat them, spiders eat other insects... etc. They know eggs come from chickens. My son even points to live chickens, cows what have you and says he'd like to eat them.



My FIL (a retired scout leader) has had a hunting trip planned for my son since the day he was born. He plans on taking him around the age of 10.



My dad use to always try to convince me to go hunting with him but I just wasn't having it. I'd go fishing, I loved fishing... I'd even clean the fish after. I just couldn't bring myself to go rabbit hunting. I was scared of guns for one and I had pet rabbits. To this day I still wont eat rabbit, to me it'd be like eating a cat or dog. o_O

Alyssa - posted on 05/28/2011

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I can't eat pok because the thought of eating a pig grosses me out...why I don't know but I totally understand why he is doing it and makes sense to me. We just got our first chicken and when I took some breasts out of the deep freezer I actually stopped to think that this used to a chicken like "sparkles" (named by my youngest)

Kids need to know where food comes from.

Charlie - posted on 05/28/2011

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I was shocked when I watched a doco on food and most children didnt even know what meat was which animal !!

I think what he is doing gives a whole new personal respect for food , I know when I lived on a deer farm with our own slaughterhouse that I DID appreaciate our food a lot more because of it .

Sarah - posted on 05/28/2011

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I'm totally with him on this one!!

We're all vegetarians (although the kids can eat meat if they so wish, just not in the house) and they know that an animal dies to create meat.

People DO seem to forget that an animal is slaughtered to make their bacon sandwich!

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