Ethical eating

A wave of vegans and green bank accounts have washed across America. The constant panic of using or consuming unethical products has dramatically increased over the last decade.

Famous sign in Oregon | Photo Courtesy of Lonely Planet

 The capital of ethical consumption, also known as moral purchasing, happens to be Portland, OR with its infamous “keep Portland weird” slogan. While it might be a common lifestyle in the city, the trend is being noticed all over the country.

Enter any restaurant, and the menu will ensure how well their cows are fed and where their grass was grown.  This information is not enough for some, however.

“I need to know if the cow was loved, had a caring home, and knew where they were ending up [in my stomach],” Stanley Ethicson said.  

In contrast, the more extreme followers of ethical consumption have a different perspective. A common argument is how all the water spent on growing produce and animals could be given to people in need. The solution? Only consuming air and dust.

Healthy and delicious bowl of sand | Photo Courtesy of

“The other day I saw a pair of Birkenstocks and I was sick to my stomach. Can’t people understand the damage it does? Every morning, I have a bowl of dust that fills me and doesn’t hurt anyone, it just seems like the obvious way to go,” Lydia Whysers said.

Dust, sand, or air all replace conventional meals with nutrition, and plus there are so many options when following the moral-based diet. Although this ethical lifestyle is saving tons of water, it is resulting in early death, a small side effect of living a guilt-free life.  

Regardless of how one chooses to go about ethical consumption, the end result is the same for everyone: death.

Written by Leyana Nabi

Leyana Nabi is a junior and the sunburn editor for the MC Sun. She's always down for a good laugh and is an avid fan of the Mamma Mia movies.

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