I got a very thoughtful comment this morning on my "Involuntary Simplicity" article from March. I think my commentor had a few things worth saying, so the link.
A few more thoughts.
- I am not a vegetarian, but a lot of Universalist Christians are, and they get there from a moral direction. I just can't imagine never having ham again, or declining interesting cultural tidbit. So, as a step, I'm giving a "preferential option" towards vegetarian food. I make or order it when I can. I'll eat meat when I want it, but not as a default and not in large amounts setting. I also avoid meat that is simply the animal version of tofu: pale and very mild tasting, or needs a lot of seasoning to be savory. The ethically dubious boneless chicken breast is at the top of the list; I'll avoid it, but eat, say fried chicken livers.
- I try to eat locally and fairly produced food. Given the transportation costs of, say, bringing organically grown produce from Holland or Chile, I can hardly think of them as enviromentally responsible. Better a little chemical fertilizer on vegetables from Pennsylvania.
- Never shop Wal-Mart. Do you need the full list why?
- Ask your friends for help making ethical buying decisions.