The Great Meat Debate
Sorry in advance to all the people this offends. To meat, or not to meat, that is the question. I definitely believe that everyone has the right to make their own choices, particularly in regards to this topic, but I feel that these points needs to be made. While some vegetarians feel it is their responsibility to preach the moral high ground, I'd like to say a few things about vegetables. Firstly, and most importantly, I have family that are the last generation of salt-of-the-earth hard-working farmers who have done broad acre cropping, as well as cattle farming for 50 years with respect and sustainability at all times. If you have seen how labour intensive, how much pollution and land is actually required to produce oats, wheat, barley and chickpea crops, you might even drop your argument about cows effect on the environment. On that point, apart from chickens, cows cause less pollution than all of the vegetable crops you can imagine.
Now on the point of eating another living thing, as my wife points out that plants are intelligent and beautiful too, have they got less right to life because they don't moo? Also there is the practical side of things. Meat is still one of the best forms of iron and is recommended by doctors to this very day. However, one day, many farms won't be sustainable as there will be a pill for everything. This brings more issues in itself, which is a topic for another time.
As mentioned, the sheer amount of vegetable matter required to sustain our bodies requires a lot of land and some consideration needs to be made for everything on this sacred and wonderful land of ours. We definitely need more informed discussions on this topic in the future, to make sure all living things are respected and treated fairly. I'm not here to convert you to meat, just to consider your arguments against it, and always remember that those farmers that help feed you, whatever you're eating, have put love and hard work into every mouthful.
It is the little changes which will make the most significant changes.
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