Is it time for Humanity to Stop Eating Meat?

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Is it time for Humanity to Stop Eating Meat ?

By Tony DeLorger © 2011

I have never been a vegetarian but always happy to eat vegetarian meals. I love vegetables and vegetarian recipes are always inventive and satisfying on the whole. So why do I eat meat? I guess I was brought up on meat and of course as a kid you don’t question what’s put in front of you or where it came from. As an adult you can begin to question the process of taking a life to feed yourself. We don’t personally of course, but taking part in this chain of events lays responsibility on our shoulders, surely.

Consuming flesh in some religions brings up the possibility of taking on the karma of that beast, whatever that may be. If you believe in the existence of the soul, there may be something in this idea. In consuming a living breathing and to whatever extent, thinking creature, you would think there would be some consequence from a standpoint of logic. Then again, vegetables may not have souls from our view, but they are living and perhaps there is a consequence from their consumption.

Ultimately it gets back to how we see our existence, the purpose of it and how we place ourselves in the food chain and judge other forms of life. In the end I think I see nature in its simplicity and balance and can only view that as how life should be. The food chain in that sense is natural and works from a perspective of balance, controlling populations and upholding ‘the survival of the fittest’.

The problem with taking on this natural food chain as a paradigm is that we humans no longer hunt for our food, and are therefore not a part of the survival of the fittest. We procure food by raising beasts for slaughter and consumption. In this way we have placed ourselves above the food chain and nature. So what is the consequence?

Physiologically, our human evolution and intellect could not have eventuated without the protein of meat. Meat has been the single contributor to our brains development and as far as I know, remains so. In that regard it becomes even more convoluted, an argument that can’t be won. I suppose it gets down to personal choice. It’s easy to think that meat comes from our freezer and that’s that. But if the concern for eating meat outweighs your ability to deny where it originated, there are other ways.

Vegetarian and even Vegan diets are healthy if practiced with knowledge and careful design and preparation. Eating animal products has definite problems associated, such as saturated fat that can clog our arterial systems with fatty acids and cholesterol. Heat attack, heart disease and strokes are among our greatest killers; all this from meat.

Another way of looking at it is the lack of meat consumption will not affect out intellectual level. We live for a hundred years if we’re lucky; a drop in the ocean compared with our long evolution.

So what is my conclusion; am I pro or against? You decide. We each have our views and reasons for making these kinds of decisions. It is a personal decision that affects our lives and we must bare the consequences, whatever they are. I just keep getting the image of early humans sitting by a fire, tearing an animal carcass to pieces. Perhaps we are more well-mannered and prepare our flesh with elegant sauces and colour balanced vegetable accompaniments. In the end, we are still tearing up and consuming living flesh. Do we need to, or haven’t we evolved enough to change our attitudes about nutrition and balance.

The decision is yours.

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Melissa A Smith 4 years ago from New York

Saturated fat clogging arteries is actually a myth.

dann 5 years ago

Humans are not part of the circle of life. We do not contribute to the ecology thru natural means nor do we bring balance when we kill.

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Tony DeLorger 6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

Thanks Manny. Great photography by the way. Hope you're enjoying Hubpages.

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mannyrolando 6 years ago

I stopped eating meat about 5 months ago for humane reasons, I quit ignoring the reality that is factory farming. I have not felt hungry yet, there are tons of options and I do feel better in general! Thanks for this hub!

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Tony DeLorger 6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

Thanks for your comment Lisa.

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Bail Up ! 6 years ago

Certainly a very interesting thought Tony. As you mentioned we are too accustomed to eating meat to now to totally give it up. If you are unlucky to end up with any of a number of diseases like cancer, arterial, auto immune or liver diseases then you you might be placed on strict vegetarian diet. Too bad it has to come to this for us to open our eyes.

Heidi Scheffler 6 years ago

Silva is right and its because of this, if I do eat meat - hardly ever - it must be free range for me.

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Tony DeLorger 6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

Thanks so much for your input, Silva. If you haven't already, write an article on this subject. It needs to be read. Thanks again. Tony

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Silva Hayes 6 years ago from Spicewood, Texas

Thanks for a thought-provoking article, Tony. Here are my reasons for not eating meat, but I cannot envision a world where humans in general are willing to give up meat.

16 to 21 lbs. of grain and soy are needed to produce 1 lb. of beef. 6 to 8 lbs. of grain and soy are needed to produce 1 lb. of pork. 4 lbs. of grain and soy are needed to produce 1 lb. of turkey meat. 3 lbs. of grain and soy are needed to produce 1 lb. of chicken meat. Therefore, converting grain and soy to meat is a wasteful means of producing food.

Every day millions of human beings in the world suffer and die from lack of sufficient grains and legumes for a minimally decent diet. By choosing to eat meat when sufficient grains and vegetables are available for a healthy diet, one participates in and perpetuates a wasteful means of producing food.

If one eats meat, then one endorses a wasteful means of producing food, and shows an insensitivity to malnourished and starving human beings.

Most methods used to raise animals for food are considered cruel. In particular, factory farming, where large numbers of animals are raised in small spaces. Approximately 5.4 billion animals are raised on factory farms in the United States. Chickens are crowded into small cages. Their beaks are removed to prevent them from injuring one another in the confined space. Ninety percent of eggs come from these chickens. Veal calves are chained in crates that are just large enough to contain them. The calves are unable to walk or even turn around. They spend their entire lives in these boxes before they are slaughtered. Pigs are raised for market in crowded metal stalls with little space to move.

The animals in factory farms are given antibiotics to prevent the spread of disease and hormones to accelerate their growth. High levels of these chemicals remain in the animals’ flesh when it is eaten. Opponents to factory farming argue that these chemicals are linked to cancer and antibiotic-resistant diseases in humans.

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Tony DeLorger 6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

I agree, but it's such a contentious topic. So many viewpoints. Thanks1

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Mr. Happy 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

`No. I mean no, humanity will not stop eating meat.

For example when Romanians kill an animal, we use every part of that animal, much like the Native Americans. They actually use the skin of animals, horns, etc. I am not sure if people back-home (in Romania) still go to that extent.

We cannot simply walk-out of the circle of Life.

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Tony DeLorger 6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

Same for me, but it's an interesting question isn't it? Thanks for your comment.

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Mr. Happy 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Honestly, bird-food (seeds and nuts) with a side-order of vegetables would leave me hungry as a bear in the spring ... and I'm a small size, quite thin.

I like my lamb, chicken, fish, game, etc. One of course one needs some starch and vegetables too and some fruits to round-it all up. Giving up on meat would be impossible for me: personal choice.

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