Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg kills his own food

When he's not helming the largest social media networking site in the world, Facebook's baby-faced founder Mark Zuckerberg kills his own meat.

So far, he's killed a chicken, pig and goat, he told Fortune magazine Thursday, which he and his longtime girlfriend have cooked together.

The 27-year-old internet baron was in Paris this week to attend the e-G8 forum to discuss the digital web future.

Zuckerberg's new kill-what-you-eat philosophy is part of an ongoing project of developing personal challenges every year, he said. Last year, for example, he learned Chinese. In 2009, he donned a tie every day.

 "This year, my personal challenge is around being thankful for the food I have to eat," he wrote in an email interview with Fortune.

"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."

Since taking on the challenge, Zuckerberg says he's adopted a largely vegetarian lifestyle and developed a better understanding of where his food comes from.

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

With the help of one of his Palo Alto neighbors Jesse Cool who also owns the Flea Street Café, Zuckerberg was introduced to local farms where he killed a goat the ‘kind' or humane way, reports Fortune: by cutting the animal's throat.

He's also adopted a nose-to-tail philosophy - or in the case of chicken, beak-to-feet - in which he consumes parts that are normally discarded or overlooked like hearts, livers and feet.

In 2005, British media dubbed Jamie Oliver "the silencer of the lamb" after he slit an animal's throat on an episode of his series Jamie's Great Escape. The slaughter was also part of Oliver's message of knowing where food comes from. The episode, however, created a firestorm of controversy among animal rights activists and parents who complained the content was too graphic for children.

For more on the Zuckerberg story, visit http://postcards.blogs.fortune.cnn.com/2011/05/26/mark-zuckerbergs-new-challenge-eating-only-what-he-kills/ .

 

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