Make a promise, right, now, that the next time you eat at a restaurant, you’ll throw one more question into the pile of “what’s the special today?” and “can I get a side of fries?”. Ask where the restaurant gets their meat.
You can do it gently, a simple add-on, “Ooh, that burger sounds good – is the meat from New Mexico?”
You can do it more directly, “I’m learning more about restaurant ingredients – can you tell me where your meat comes from?”
It will be kind of awkward, and I bet that a lot won’t answer at all, or they’ll deflect. That’s OK. In the Mission District, a writer asked for two years, learning both much and little.
You see, even if they don’t answer, even if they mumble something noncomittally, even if they pretend you didn’t even ask, just hearing the question will make them think about it for one second. Hearing it from multiple diners will make them pay attention. It will trickle up to the managers of these restaurants that their customers want to know. That influences how they choose suppliers and what questions THEY ask when buying meat. Even if the question has to start with, “what country did this meat come from?”
You will help start a revolution.
It is going to be a snowball effect, and I’m asking you to contribute your own snowflake.
I will. Promise you’ll do it, too.