posted on Mar, 1 2015 @ 12:39 PM
originally posted by: Kali74
Speaking as a vegetarian (not vegan), I don't think humanity necessarily has to give up meat. It's the practices in which humans raise meat and
frankly all food that has to change. Farming doesn't have to negatively impact the environment or the climate and we can learn to feed increasing
Agreed, partially. It's not the meat that is the issue, it's the practices surrounding rearing it. Replenishment is also an issue. Animals can only
breed so fast, and if our consumption outpaces the number of breeding stock & breeding stock's gestation, we're in trouble there. I think, and this
is from a meat eater's perspective here, that we rely a little too heavily on meat multiple times a day. Once daily should be sufficient, and we
switch over to an egg or bean centered meal (protein replacements) to reduce the impact on livestock production. However, that has a
benefit on it's own. Less meat being reared equals less field space for things like corn being shoveled the livestock's way. That equals more field
space for more produce for humans. We can certainly do it, be meat eaters & eat our veggies, we just need to get back to moderation.
Now, I already only eat meat once a day at most and usually just a few days a week (call me a former full-time carnivore, I got tired of it all day,
every day) but let's throw out a hypothetical. I could always go back to eating meat in excess. I may have a huge honkin' pile of bacon with a side
of sausage for breakfast, a thick ham & cheese for lunch, and a big juicy burger or roasted chicken for dinner, but if reducing meat from my diet by
even one meal a day, along with many other people (ten or hundreds of millions, not just a few thousand) could help by way of cumulative effect, and
that led to everyone else have that much more to eat from freed up produce fields because there was less demand for meat and thus less fields for less
feed for less animals, I'd do it. I'm not going to do it because some vegan harpy shrieks at me, I will because it's the right thing to do to seek
balance through moderation.
I wish people would understand that instead of getting all "DON'T TOUCH MAH MEATS!" defensive. Idiots abound will shortchange all of us. A little
forethought & planning for a little agricultural shift is better than being hungry because we didn't think too far ahead.