Comment on "Future Food - Meat without Livestock"

notthisbody Wed, Sep 24, 2008
as a lifelong vegetarian, i think this is not just something that merits exploration, but requires it. many have heard of the statistics about how much energy it takes to produce one pound of meat, and how much food could be produced with that energy. there's a growing population who are becoming aware of energy issues, etc., but this is one thing that many still do not relate to the environment.

And as the world has learned a little about Monsanto and the like, the meats and dairy products (at least in the united states) are so full of hormones, that it can't be good for us.

I've discussed vegetarianism with many people, and there's not a small amount who stick to several arguments.

Many quote the Bible and the use the statement that God gave us dominion over animals as reason that we should eat them. well, there's some debate as to the definition of 'dominion', or rather, if the idea of 'dominion' gives us the right to exploit that which we have dominion over, or rather we have dominion because we are entrusted to protect it.

The other is that, well, humans are carnivores, and we need meat to live. There's some debate over this. Check out the physiological evidence that human beings are not necessarily carnivores.

and this quote:

"You can't tear flesh by hand, you can't tear hide by hand. Our anterior teeth are not suited for tearing flesh or hide. We don't have large canine teeth, and we wouldn't have been able to deal with food sources that require those large canines." - Richard Leakey

And I myself am living proof that humans don't need to eat meat to be healthy.

Some also say that well, our ancestors ate meat. They wouldn't have survived without it. Well, that may be true. But the ability to eat meat only came when we started making tools and using them to kill animals, slice chunks off, and eat it. So what was there before that? Well, they could have eaten animals that had recently died, but those must have been in many cases disease-ridden and caused sickness.

But there's one more thing that's troublesome. Most youth who grow up in cities do not even know what they're getting fed. They've never had to slaughter the animal themselves, or even seen it. It sickens many when confronted for the first time. I had more respect for it when it had to be done themselves. Now there's not even really any more respect - like the respect the American Indians had for the buffalo.

Lastly, the double standard in our contemporary existence that it's okay to eat a cow, but its not okay to eat your dog, or your cat (well, except for parts of mexico and asia) is just silly to me. Get some principles.

On a personal note, i believe anything that decreases violence, in general, in the world, is necessary. How can we ever attain peace when so many animals are being killed violently each day?

I, for one, am for these future foods, but it requires a major change in thinking for most of the world's population, as well as access to it. I'm not against eating meat if you have nothing else, but what's great is to make that something else much, much more widely available.