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Facebook CEO killing his own food

2011-05-27 14:50

San Francisco - Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg has reportedly taken to eating only meat from animals he has killed in order to appreciate that a creature died so that he could live.

The 27-year-old billionaire took on the dietary regimen as the latest in a series of "personal challenges" that he pursues in what little time he spends not working on Facebook, a Fortune magazine story explained on Thursday.

"I'm eating a lot healthier foods," Zuckerberg is quoted as telling Fortune while discussing his switch to slaughtering livestock for his meals.

"And I've learned a lot about sustainable farming and raising of animals," he continued. "It's easy to take the food we eat for granted when we can eat good things every day."

A Silicon Valley chef who lives not far from Zuckerberg in the Northern California city of Palo Alto has introduced him to local farmers and coached him on killing his first chicken, pig, and goat, according to Fortune.

Personal challenge

His first kill was a lobster, which he executed by boiling.

Larger animals that he kills are sent to a butcher, who sends the cut meat back to Zuckerberg and his girlfriend Priscilla to be cooked as they wish, the article indicated.

Zuckerberg has shared his dietary endeavour on his Facebook page, where he posted a photo of a chicken he killed and dishes he made using the parts.

"This year I've basically become a vegetarian since the only meat I'm eating is from animals I've killed myself," Fortune quoted Zuckerberg as saying in an e-mail.

"I think many people forget that a living being has to die for you to eat meat, so my goal revolves around not letting myself forget that and being thankful for what I have."

Zuckerberg said he takes on a personal challenge each year, with prior goals including learning Chinese and wearing a tie.

"So far, this has been a good experience," Zuckerberg said of his new diet.

"I'm eating a lot healthier foods and I've learned a lot about sustainable farming and raising of animals."

He still visits restaurants, but opts for venues with vegetarian offerings, according to Fortune.

Comments
  • Gorilla - 2011-05-27 15:08

    "This year I've basically become a vegetarian since the only meat I'm eating is from animals I've killed myself," Umm. That would make you a carnivore surely. Wait for it... Marks' new multi billion dollar venture: Vleisboek. (Don't try it - I already own the rights)

      PyroSA - 2011-05-27 15:30

      Flawed logic there. A carnivore eats ONLY meat. He eats very little meat, because he only eats the meat of animals he killed himself. That does not mean he doesn't eat anything else. If he doesn't kill anything, he's a vegetarian.

      Psyrkus - 2011-05-27 16:33

      He's neither Carnivore nor Vegetarian. Sounds more like a OMNIVORE opportunist.

  • FAH-Q - 2011-05-27 15:10

    Bru what ever, life is a lot easier when you are made of money. I hate it when people like this preach like they really know what life is actually about.

      Richard Townley-Johnson - 2011-05-27 16:41

      Shame

  • ZACKIE - 2011-05-27 15:16

    so how does killing your own food make u a vegeterian

      Taurusaurus - 2011-06-05 14:23

      "practically vegetarian", because he has to kill animals himself, and since he apparently doesn't eat meat otherwise (hence, going to vegetarian restaurants), he lives on plant-based food products - thus, he is not claiming to be vegetarian, but eating far less meat. A vegetarian-orientated omnivore, in other words. :)

  • PMG - 2011-05-27 15:18

    Bla,bla,bla - I cant believe i just wasted two minutes reading this crap. Who gives a rats ass what Zuckerberg does in his free time,at least he is not consuming tons of Bolivia's finest.

  • IandI - 2011-05-27 15:26

    This Zuckerberg is either bored or has too much money or both. This must be the result of spending all your adult life looking ata computer screen "taking" to "friends" you don't really know. Can someone buy him a toy hamster, please!

  • Joe - 2011-05-27 15:30

    Mark needs to read this when he gets food poisoning. http://bit.ly/izIiXd

  • The Ted Vos - 2011-05-27 15:32

    "His first kill was a lobster, which he executed by boiling." LOL!! Zuckerberg, you deadly, dangerous thing you!

      Krolie - 2011-05-27 18:17

      Thanks for the laugh. Needed that desperately today! Such great wit!

  • IrenĂ© - 2011-05-27 16:12

    Although I dont really care for Zuckermans personal views- like others said- hes a billionaire, so you can easily access ANYTHING you want- but I do agree with the notion that people should be aware of what they are eating- if you are eating meat- it means that you are contributing to the slaughter of billions of animals every year- something that use to be alive, had a mother and father. Most omnivores are very uncomfortable when being confronted with the fact that they are eating a dead creature- if you want to be an omnivore- take responsibility for it-look the damn animal in the eye before you slaughter it. And the funniest is the mocking and insults that vegetarians have to put up with from omnivores. I always wonder "WHY?". do they feel guilty? are they that insecure? even though they will vehemently defend their eating habits- which usually include KFC or McDs It should be noted that many of history's most famous and celebrated individuals were vegetarian- from Da Vinci, Plato, Voltaire, Tolstoy, Vincent van GOgh, Pythagoras, and Einstein- I'd much rather go with these guys than a few insecure and ignorant meat eaters.

      flamewulf - 2011-05-28 20:30

      "And the funniest is the mocking and insults that vegetarians have to put up with from omnivores" What I find funny is that vegetarians constantly bring this up. I wonder "WHY"? Are they that insecure? I'm a happy omnivore - if the proverbial pig who wants to be eaten were to offer itself, I'd happily oblige.

  • Koos - 2011-05-27 16:31

    Bla, bla,bla, boringgggg, bla - posted from my facebook profile for free.

  • Gemini101 - 2011-05-28 00:55

    Like :)

  • Peter - 2011-05-28 08:02

    I agree with Marks' sentiment here; most people would eat a lot less meat if they had to slaughter/kill the animals/creatures themselves. And yes, I am also basically a vegetarian - I usually only eat a little chicken once/maybe twice a week.

      Wilma - 2011-05-28 13:31

      I agree with you Peter, I am a full vegeterian, when an animal are killed they store fear and emotions into there bodies and these are swallowed by the person who eats them according to spiritual philosophy. Better bless these animals in love and light when kill them for food if one has to be a carnivore, its the least one can do for them and for oneself. Blessings

  • sabc10 - 2011-05-28 11:58

    are not jews supposed to "kill" the food they eat "humanely" Therefore boiling is " evil"

  • Wilma - 2011-05-28 13:27

    Have you ever watched Avatar they Bless there animals before they are killed, why because they sacrifice there life for those that eat meat, its the least one can do is to say thank you and bless them and release them with gratitude, that is also why some religions prefer halaal meat its the way they are killed and drained this makas very sense people who care about themself care for others and have gratitude for those's animals that keeps them alive, what a wonderful self discovery you have made by doing thus I'm sure many people will think twice next time and be more gradefull when eating meat thinking of the sacrifice of another in order for you to live. Well done many can learn from you who choose to eat meat Love and Light Friends

      JohnnyWotten - 2011-05-30 12:42

      Today I learned: not eating enough meat leads to weak grammar and punctuation deficiencies.

  • thabiso.marumo - 2011-05-30 07:42

    hahaha...Mark invite me for the slaughter, lets both do it for the ancestors.

  • Jaco Smit - 2011-05-30 12:19

    this dude is a genius

  • Sechaba - 2011-12-27 19:43

    Omnivore people. lol

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