|Re: necessity of non-vegetarian meals||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Steve Melamut (melamutemail.unc.edu)|
|Date: Fri, 20 Oct 1995 09:49:17 -0500|
Without entering the fray about intentional communities, diversity, imposing values, etc., I would like to take a quick survey. I don't want a philisophical conversation on this issue on the listserv, contact me individually for any comments of that nature. We are planning our common house at Solterra in Durham NC. We frequently have potential members at all of our meetings. We are continually revisiting the question of what kind of food will be served and how the kitchen will be designed. Solterra was initially advertised as an intentional community promoting macrobiotic diets, but before any members started to buy in, it was changed to a more general diet. We have been saying that all types of foods would be served including meat, fish, poultry. Some of our members only eat vegetables. Some people eat fish and vegetables. Some people don't eat milk products. Some people don't eat eggs. At least one of our members wants dishes that have not been used with animal flesh (does not matter to me I was raised in a kosher household, a few sets of different color dishes are easy to deal with). The real problem seems to lie with meat and poultry (and to a lesser degree with fish). Some people want a dual kitchen, so that the preparation areas can be separate. Some people don't want their food prepared on surfaces that have been used for meat, nor in pots that have touched meat. We seem to be heading towards dual pots and pans, stoves, and very powerful exhaust fans. I am surveying members in the near future to see if a non meat,poultry,fish kitchen would be acceptable. It simply seems easier, and if there is a concensus, we can go that way. I don't personally care one way or another. I sometimes eat fish and occassionally try meat and poultry just out of curiosity... But, I also wanted to survey existing and planned communities to see how they handled this issue. If you send your response to me personally, I will post the results when they are accumulated. Thankyou Steve Melamut melamut [at] email.unc.edu This is my message, not the communities. It is not intended to say that any changes are intended from our current plan, we are working by concensus and it has not been even brought before the membership. Nor will it be if anyone does object when I survey opinions of current members of the community.
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