Mark Zuckerberg’s New Diet: Only Eat What You Kill

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has embarked on an interesting new diet:

When he’s not too busy connecting people across the universe, Mark Zuckerberg is pursuing a new “personal challenge,” as he calls it. “The only meat I’m eating is from animals I’ve killed myself,” says the Facebook founder and CEO.

It’s an odd dietary direction for the 27-year-old Internet billionaire, but since he has taken to killing goats, pigs and chickens, “I’m eating a lot healthier foods. And I’ve learned a lot about sustainable farming and raising of animals,” he says. “It’s easy to take the food we eat for granted when we can eat good things every day.”


Killing is just the kickoff. After that, the dead creatures go to a butcher in Santa Cruz, who cuts them into parts. Zuckerberg and his longtime girlfriend, Priscilla, have been cooking what he slaughters, eating what many people would not dare consume. He recently ate a chicken, including the heart and liver, and used the feet to make stock. He posted a photo of the bird on his Facebook page, along with a list of the dishes he made from it.

Zuckerberg explains it a little more:

This year, my personal challenge is around being thankful for the food I have to eat. 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. This year I’ve basically become a vegetarian since the only meat I’m eating is from animals I’ve killed myself. So far, this has been a good experience. I’m eating a lot healthier foods and I’ve learned a lot about sustainable farming and raising of animals.

I started thinking about this last year when I had a pig roast at my house. A bunch of people told me that even though they loved eating pork, they really didn’t want to think about the fact that the pig used to be alive. That just seemed irresponsible to me. I don’t have an issue with anything people choose to eat, but I do think they should take responsibility and be thankful for what they eat rather than trying to ignore where it came from.

An interesting idea. At the very least, it brings a whole new perspective to Farmville.


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  1. john personna says:

    I can kind of see this as an evolution of other post-vegetarian ideas. There are those who will eat chicken, but only free range. Similarly grass-fed but not feed-lot beef. There are those who won’t eat farmed, but will eat hunted.

    I think it’s good that people try to find a way to be ethical omnivores.

    Not that I have the energy for it myself.

  2. michael reynolds says:

    Jeffery Dahmer was an early pioneer of this movement: he only at the people he killed.

    Thus begins Zuckerberg’s money-empowered descent into Howard Hughes-like madness. He’ll have Kleenex boxes on his feet and six inch fingernails in no time.

  3. michael reynolds says:


    Once again, reminder to self: coffee first, then write.

  4. Patrick T. McGuire says:

    If food prices inflate the way the IMF is predicting, we will all be in a position of only eating meat from animals that we kill. Anyone have a recipe for cat?

  5. John Burgess says:

    There were a lot of recipes for cat during the Siege of Paris in 1890. The cat recipes were below the dog, but above the rat recipes. I can’t find a link at the moment, but read them in hard-cover some while back.

    It might be a good time to start collecting cook books from the 1800s, with recipes for rabbit, squirrel, groundhog, and the like. And of course, there’s always fish…

  6. JKB says:

    Well, real men hunt wild boar with a knife. The full monty is to do it bare foot in a loin cloth.

    And why isn’t he doing his own butchering? But it is good to see that such people as Zuckerberg want to take mankind back to the origins of cooking. Before, cooking everyone male/female, young/old, ate what they foraged. It was the development of cooking that permitted men to spend time of hunting with sporadic success while women foraged and cooked, so there was at least something to eat. Of course, the cooking made more of the calories in the food available and permitted humans to evolve since the extra calories and easier digestion made more energy available for brain development.

    @john personna – So ethical omnivores only eat happy free ranging animals who’ve had their life snatched from them as they cavorted among the flowers? I suppose we don’t want to tell them how male offspring of milk goats are killed at birth since their value as meat can’t justify the cost to raise them to slaughter weight. Perhaps Mr. Zuckerberg will create a market for goats for sacrifice by the confused urbanistas.

  7. john personna says:

    Yes, that is the idea JKB. The herbivores are supposed to live natural lives as much as possible until taken down by a meat eater, be that lion or man.

    It is kind of screwy, but IMO less a lie than pretending that we are herbivores.

  8. john personna says:

    BTW, have you seen the video of guys with spears taking meat from lions? Awesome.

  9. Socrates says:

    Tell me again why we should care about the latest bowel movement from Mark Zuckerberg?

  10. george says:

    Sort of along the same lines as only drive a car you build yourself …

    I wonder as well if he’s going to harvest (ie kill) the plants he eats?

  11. michael reynolds says:

    I hate people who try to create food rules. Eat local, eat organic, eat vegetarian, eat what you kill. It’s just plain stupid. Food can be an art — in which case you don’t start by limiting the materials you can use. Or it can be straight nourishment. It can be a form of comfort. None of these is helped by inventing some structure of rules for eating.

    Eat what you want until you start getting fat, then eat less of it.

  12. john personna says:

    Michael, we live in a country where chicken wings cost more per pound than whole chickens. The “normals” are as bad as anyone ..

    and hey, everybody’s gotta have a hobby.