Hello No-Meat Athletes! It’s Christine again- twice in one week! I know you are looking forward to your regular NMA posts for the week, but I just had to stop by with an important announcement: I’m going to law school!
Yep, I said law school
You may be left scratching your head and like most of my friends and family think this is coming from way out of the blue. However, the idea to go to law school had been growing in me for a long time, before I even had a name for it. In the end it wasn’t so much a decision at all, just something I knew I had to do.
If you remember, when I started writing my Sweet-Tooth Friday posts, I was busy getting my own business off the ground. I wanted to make a new kind of dessert- ones that I could feel good selling to another person and know that I was doing their body good. To me, this meant a dessert with no animal products, no soy, and no artificial sweeteners. When customers ordered non vegan cakes, I made them with the purest ingredients I could find with minimal processing.
I had a good and growing customer base, enough to keep all of my weekends very busy with orders. As I researched new ingredients for my business, I constantly came across the terms ‘organic’ and ‘sustainable.’ Those two words sent me off on more research- including reading Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma- and soon I realized that my love of food had shifted its focus. I became less concerned with turning healthy ingredients into something yummy, and more into learning where these ingredients came from, the energy used to make them, and the environmental effects of their production. Behind all of these issues was the law.
Beyond flax-eggs and agave nectar
Through writing my Sweet-Tooth Friday posts, I have been able to explore new aspects of legal issues with a much bigger audience than just my customers. I truly feel that you NMA-ers have been a part of my decision; after all you were there when I learned about the political controversies surrounding stevia, the labeling laws required for fish products in alcohol, the environmental affects of cranberry bogs, and all the information about subsidies and genetically modified crops in my review of James McWilliams’ Just Food.
And while those issues can still seem abstract and distant from our everyday lives, I saw the very real impact of food laws with my health department class and food safety certification. There are laws covering dishwashing procedures, internal temperatures of eggs, and even how you wash your hands. Although some seemed silly, I knew that these laws were invaluable because anytime I entered the bakery I was responsible for the well-being of hundreds of people. Food laws even made the news here in Baltimore when the city banned trans fats.
The more I understood how the law shaped what I put into my body, the more restless I became sitting on the receiving end of somebody else’s decision about what was best. I wanted to be on the other side of the food industry, shaping the laws. So, while I haven’t given up baking, I am on my way to pursuing a bigger realization of my ideals.
I hope you can see how passionate I am about this, but I wasn’t sure how “healthy baker” would stack up against other applicants who have been senator’s aides or spent years in the peace corp. I took my chances and told the law schools everything I just explained to you. (Oh yeah, and I worked my butt off studying for the LSATs.)
And guess what? Not all my applications are back yet, but I’ve already been accepted into two programs that are ranked in the top 50 law schools in the country.
I can’t believe it’s really happening. Thank you for helping me go from tarts to torts!
See you on Sweet-Tooth Friday!
P.S. Another big announcement is on its way!