I have been a vegetarian for over 10 years and have recently had a lot of doubts. I am wondering if other have had similar doubts and how they handled them.
I have been a vegetarian for a variety of reasons, but one of the biggest ones was out of concern for animals and the environment. I am starting to wonder though it is better for the environment in a northern climate to eat local animals - perhaps even our own. We have chickens for eggs but not meat. I guess my concern is that in winter I am reliant on veggies/grains that travel long distances (ie from California). They are organic yet I realize that here are huge environmental cost to transportation (in terms of animal lives lost to produce petroleum and transportation infrastructure). If I eat local animals, I could ensure their wellbeing, whereas I have no idea about the true costs of long distance transportation in terms of cruelty and suffering. Perhaps it would be ideal if I got enough local produce in the summer to can for the entire winter and then we would not be dependent on distant food.
How have others handled doubts about eating local organic meat resulting in fewer animal deaths/suffering than eating of distant produce/grains?