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- Jan 17, 2015
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- Trad Bricks
Kind of a defeatist attitude isn't it? You are almost certainly right, but it lifts a weight off the conscience not being part of the problem.I'll be honest, I'm not in it for the animals and I was only slightly moved by the environmental reasons because I subscribe to the notion that not enough people will stop eating meat to make a difference.
I think our only hope against the the crippling environmental impact of agricultural farming (through deforestation, pollution and greenhouse gas emissions) is actually synthesised meat. Once the scientists are able to produce safe, nutritious and affordable meat products in a lab, we will have no need to dedicate millions of acres of land to the unconscionable practice of factory farming.
It will take them years to master it and people will need to be convinced to let go of their precious killed animal steak and replace it with an almost identical steak created in a lab using the same type of cells from a living cow, but the potential benefits of it are undeniable. It will be cheaper to produce than farming, it will be healthier because the meat won't be taken from animals who have lived with a terrible diet (less saturated fat and higher protein content), it will save a tonne of land which can then be used to grow crops for human-beings instead of cows (novel idea, right?) and of course you won't be unnaturally breeding and killing off a ridiculous amount of livestock. Cows can become a natural part of the eco-system again instead of a human food factory, which will allow other animals to re-take the land that we just assigned to cows.
I hope that day comes soon, meat is undeniably tasty as fuck, but that's simply not a good enough reason to eat meat whilst the current practices of the farming industry are still in place. I am not even averse to the idea of people hunting and then eating their own meat, it's the farming industry that has allowed people to become detached from the animal that has been slaughtered and the random slab of meat on their plate that they don't even question ever existed as a sentient being. The fucking shit lives they have lived if they are from a factory farming process. If people had to slaughter their own food, then a lot more would turn into vegetarians. For the ones that have the ability to kill animals, that have considered what is going on their plate, I have no issue with these people eating meat. If you couldn't do it, don't let someone else do it for you.
Went off on a bit of a tangential rant there - absolutely do it for the health reasons though, there is so much more evidence to go on a plant based diet than against one. Both nutritionally and ethically.