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Question: Why Do You Eat Meat?

Why meat?

Q: Why do you eat meat?

     I just wanted to throw this question out there because ... well, I am curious as to the responses. Just a reminder, for the   I didn't think about the process, pain, suffering, and ultimately the death of the animal in order for it to be nicely packaged, put on display in the grocery store, placed on my plate, and then end up in my stomach.  For me there was a disconnect between the animal and the piece of cooked flesh on my plate.  It was just another piece of food to me — nothing more, nothing less.    

     As consumers we have a right to see how our food is processed. I encourage anyone who consumes the flesh of animals to watch the video Meet Your Meat (video length is 12:49 minutes).  If you were given the opportunity to kill the animal that you would be serving for dinner, would you do it? If no, why not?  I eat fruits and vegetables and during the spring and summer months I grow most of what I eat.  I do all of the harvesting and any necessary preparation etc. of the fruits and vegetables — no need for a middle man to do the dirty work for me! Granted, in the fall and winter I do have to shop at the grocery store for my fruits and veggies — at least until I master the technique of a having a fall/winter garden.

     I have heard from numerous people and have read various articles stating that we need to eat meat to be healthy — to live. Not only have I not consumed animal flesh in 16 years, I know of individuals who have not consumed animal flesh in 20/30/40+ years.  If we need meat to live, well then, I guess those of us who choose to eschew animal flesh must be the walking dead!  But not like the zombies you see on television that eat people — we would just ravage your gardens and farmers markets! We want your grains!

     Recipe time!!!

     Here is an awesome recipe from the Post Punk Kitchen for Peanut Butter Blondies (see picture).  I love peanut butter, organic is my favorite, and these little goodies are scrumptious.  My fiance, who is neither vegetarian nor vegan, found these peanut butter treats yummy! 

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joe ponikarovsky March 30, 2012 at 01:33 PM
(post continued. by the way, the tolstoy message when you type too much is brilliant!) tim - i understand you were speaking from a historical perspective, and that's fine. but i'm just trying to make the point that our bodies cannot process raw meat naturally, without us getting sick. has it been that way since humans first started consuming it? well my understanding is that our tolerance for meat has only improved over time; so likely, yes. also a point worth mentioning is that it's far easier for the human body to break down fruits, vegetables, legumes, etc to get nutrients from them than it is for us to do the same from meat. we just process it more efficiently to get what we need. does it mean that's all we should eat? no. does it mean we get what we need more efficiently eating such things? yes.
joe ponikarovsky March 30, 2012 at 01:35 PM
tim - well, i agree with you that people get too bent out of shape over this. rachel asked a legit question (although i guess a potentially volatile one) and people from both sides maybe took it too far. which does nothing to further their points nor respect between each other. really, a person's diet is not worth so much bickering. i personally have no problem with anyone eating meat; i think people make far bigger mistakes with their diet and you can be healthy and eat healthy with or without meat. i think it's more important that people consider their diet as a whole than to just look at meat; there's more factors to consider. what's in the food you're eating (have you ever looked)? where does it come from? is it organic? is it local? do you need the calories its providing? do you need the nutrients? your body's a machine and you should provide it energy as such; getting people to think about what that means is more important than just "don't eat meat."
Rachel Jewell March 30, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Hi Terry! I appreciate your interest in trying out some vegan recipes. I will see what I can come up with in regards to a weekly menu! I think there is a misconception that being vegan means eating nothing but grass clippings and foods devoid of flavor! I think that may have been part of the reason it took me so long to go vegan - vegetarian no problem, that was doable! I must say that since going vegan I have tried foods and spices that I would not have tried otherwise. And as odd as it might sound after about 2 weeks without any dairy products (wasn't really a big fan of dairy to begin with) I no longer had the cravings for cheese, or sour cream, etc. Granted, if you are a hardcore consumer of dairy products it might take a bit longer to reduce/elimate those cravings. My sister is a pescatarian (still eats fish, eggs, and dairy) and she told me that she could not give up her cheese! She also told me prior to becoming a vegetarian that she could never be a vegetarian. Never say never I guess! Here is a link to a video discussing the addictive nature of chocolate, cheese, meat and sugar. I found it to be very interesting. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VWi6dXCT7I
r March 31, 2012 at 12:29 AM
I'm an ethical vegan and I have been for years I couldn't be happier or healthier . I have a ton of recipes to share but you could also request cookbooks from any of the libraries . Rethinking the way you see food and how it sustains you isn't as hard as people think and it's better for the environment .
Ralph March 31, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Mmm, this morning for breakfast I had me a chicken omelete. Waited for the mother hen to lay some babies, killed her, chopped her up and cooked her in her babies. That's good eating!

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