posted on Dec, 10 2009 @ 10:01 PM
What I've always found interesting when studying this topic is that there is no definitive proof that either side is absolutely correct. Some people,
like myself, use certain cultures or societies sustaining on the chosen diet as the basis of their argument; others use current or past scientific
studies. The point I'm trying to make is that we humans can clearly live a long, healthy, fruitful life sustaining on either meat, vegetables, fruits
or all of them together. However, some people will find that certain diets will or won't work for them, like me for instance.
Whether it be our similarities to other carnivores, origination in tropical climates, brain size, or gut length; what people aren't acknowledging are
three things. First, humans have the capacity to digest plant and animal matter, cooked and raw. Secondly, in today's world there are people who are
portraits of health following vegan, omnivorous, and carnivorous diets; free from all common dietary ills. And third, vegans and variations of, and
SAD dieters have roughly the same lifespan, contrary to popular belief.
I've looked at many studies and surprisingly enough, on average, vegans live no longer than SAD dieters and vice versa. Now we can continue to argue,
which I'm sure we will, but the fact is, in the context of diet, animals are killing us just as much as vegetables and fruits.
Now, dietary matters aside, I agree that factory farms are overwhelmingly inhumane. I also agree that killing animals for food is wrong, however, it
is simply part of the cycle of life. I know many vegans eat the way they do not just because they believe it is healthier than the alternative, but
also because it doesn't involve the senseless slaughter of animals. What needs to be known is that while switching to a vegan diet may rid you of the
guilt imposed by factory farms, animals are still being slaughtered.
The land needed to grow the vegetables and fruits we eat today demolish ecosystems and their furry inhabitants as well. Let it also be known that the
harvesting and maintenance of these vegetables and fruits that we eat kill even more animals. Between combine harvesters, pesticides, clearing of
land, and fertilizer run-off; is factory farming really that bad?
Think for a moment. According to "http://www.vrg.org/press/2009poll.htm" 3% of the U.S. population is vegan. Think about the entirety of the crop
industry today with 3% of the population vegetarians. Now imagine 25% of the population vegetarian, factory farming is no longer the only elephant in
the room anymore. Simply put, being a vegetarian may keep your conscious clean, but it doesn't keep the blood off your hands. And yes I am aware that
meat eating requires much more land than plant eating, however, my point still stands.