While the ethics of eating was not the impetus for our dietary choices, it has become an important part of the way we eat.
For instance, we don't buy our meat at the grocery store, because most of it comes from CAFOs,
... and there's a particular chain restaurant in our area that happily admits its partnership with Smithfield farms - which is the poster child for the worst of the worst in factory farming and has been pinpointed as the source of last year's swine flu outbreak -, and I will no longer eat there.
We often have to look for alternatives for the things we want and have been lucky to usually find them. Instead of the Smithfield partner, we have the choice of going to a barbeque place just up the road a piece, which purports to source their meat from Wolfeneck Farm (a former Maine-owned, grass-fed, organic beef farm). It's good food, it's a fun atmosphere, and I happily support them.
Still, sometimes having such strong feelings about the food we eat is very difficult. It's hard to say to your daughter, "I'm sorry, we can't go with your friends to that restaurant because the food they serve comes from abused animals."
So, it's really nice (oh, so very nice!) when companies make my choices easier, like Buck's Naked BBQ serving Wolfesneck Farm beef ... and this article about sustainable fishing practices in the Gulf of Maine and a new policy at our local (large chain) grocery store regarding sustainable fishing and what they will sell in their stores ;).
Hey, Deus Ex Machina ... I think we need to eat more fish.