In today’s episode of Your Ill-fitting Overcoat, Laurie faces an ethical quandary!
So, here’s the backstory. Someone gave me a package of biscuit mix for Christmas (in the context of the gift, this actually made sense). The mix is not vegetarian (it contains beef fat). It has been sitting in my cupboard for almost three months and every time I open my cupboard, I find myself facing this moral dilemma.
I’ve been vegetarian for almost six years (well, to be fair, I’ve been pescetarian on and off for part of that) and I would never buy biscuit mix that contains lard or beef fat. I considered giving it away to a non-vegetarian friend but from an environmental or animal rights perspective, what difference does it make if I eat the biscuits or if someone else does? For me to transfer the onus to someone else seems more selfish than responsible.
There are two points at which my personal ethical code has been violated with regard to this package of biscuit mix: (1) when it was produced and (2) when it was purchased, thereby supporting its continued production. Who eats the biscuits doesn’t actually make a difference to me but if the biscuits were not consumed and were instead thrown away, that would actually be a third violation of my personal ethics.
Following much deliberation, I mixed the biscuit mix with some organic soy milk and ate them with vegetarian sausage and delicious homemade miso gravy. And you know what? The biscuits were totally not good at all. I much prefer the super easy homemade vegan biscuits that I usually make.