Food for thought

January 22, 2009

First Argument:

Global warming along with other mounting environmental threats are serious problems except to denialists – people into blindness as a way of living.

Second Argument:

“Last month, the United Nations (UN) published a report on livestock and the environment with a stunning conclusion:

‘The livestock sector emerges as one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global.’

It turns out that raising animals for food is a primary cause of land degradation, air pollution, water shortage, water pollution, loss of biodiversity, and not least of all, global warming.

…when it’s all added up, the average American does more to reduce global warming emissions by going vegetarian than by switching to a Prius.”

By Kathy Freston at Huffingtonpost.

On that, here is a look at a humble text with an open mind:

Man was not supposed to live on flesh alone; if on any blood at all. His Creator lined up a contract in which He offers to supply man with everything which grows on a tree, bush and stalk for meat; at little or no cost. That would solve the basic implications of His  imperative not to kill.

“That don’t impress me much… ” said the creature and ventured to sink his incisors into flesh and blood.

“I wouldn’t do that if I were you” said the Creator but His Words fell on deaf ears and eyes blind to the suffering with which they surrounded their daily bread.

So He handed them over to follow their own minds and to dishonor their temples, and though everything was licit to men not everything was convenient.  Consequence would eventually tell the tale and a bit of weeping and gnashing of the teeth would show their remorse.  Now we feed on the rumor of a penalty for dining on flesh with its pain and stain.

You cannot say man wasn’t warned and that he had no alternative. It was all there from the beginning; signed sealed and delivered.

Theologastus …


“A petty or paltry theologist is a theologaster (1621), coined in M.L. by Martin Luther (1518)”


4 Responses to “Food for thought”

  1. remistevens said

    Animals are an inefficient source of energy. Almost all our energy is coming from the sun, the more processing that energy goes through before use, the more energy is wasted. A stalk of grass is very efficient; it soaks up some water and nutrients from the ground and keeps absorbing more and more sunlight. End of story.

    A cow needs to live its life, when we eat beef, we’re paying the energy expense of both the cow’s life and the many many consumed blades of grass. If you were to eat a predator, all this wasted energy is compounded further.

    So i need new batteries for the RC car i used to terrorize my cat. Somewhere, someone has a factory that makes batteries. They produce the energy source; i consume it. Eating meat is like building a factory that produces battery factories, or a factory that produces factories that produce battery factories. All these subsequent production facilities would suck a lot of unnecessary juice. Go to the initial source, eat the vegetation, not the cow.- Unless of course they devise a way to live off of sun energy (could be handy when stranded in the desert).

    Although, batteries are a terrible example to use, one of the most wasteful products of modern society.

    Sadly many animals have been reduced to being vegetation processing factories, no different than a place that builds batteries. Receiving tweeks to boost efficiency, and treated like machines.

    Personally, i’m still a meat eater, even though i’ve got strong feelings against the production of these foods. I go to the only independent grocery store left in Toronto, they have a large section of small time local meat producers. These are families who farm- just like the people i knew growing up in the country. Ironically, these ‘ethical’ meats are even less efficient than the factory cows. Having a pleasant life and space to move is expensive, but the alternative is just too immoral.

    Biologically, humans seem to be designed to eat some meat. Although it is very arrogant of us to believe that we have the right to cage our fellow creatures, mass produce and modify them, package them colourfully, and sell them using happy looking cartoon versions of themselves.

  2. exuvia said

    If humans are built to eat meat? They certainly can; but you can put a nail in the wall with a piece of your grand mother’s best silver.

    It’s a subject worth pondering; there are plenty of angles to look at it from: Health, economy, ethics, ecology, Spirituality; I am sure there are more and each of these headers would have a number of smaller chapters. Personally, I like to consider them all; they come over as important to me and give my life added value.

    Summa sumarum, choosing veg. seems a well argumented decision in my book; I’ve read and been one for 30 plus years. The experience has been pleasurable and enjoyable. My wife joined me six years ago. My son of 16 is currently experimenting with mixed forage; his life, his choice. He is a wonderful individual. My other son just doesn’t like meat. “I’m not a vegetarian!” he insist “I just don’t like meat”; again, his life, his choice.

    We humans feel better when we come to our own conclusions.

    Fine argumentation on energy efficiency; a top criteria in the future. We are a running low on fuel.


  3. remistevens said

    Humans are biologically designed to do many things that are no longer necessary. The modern world has changed the game. Are we smart enough to change ourselves as well?

    I wonder if companies were forced to change the marketing of meat whether more people would simply stop liking it? Call veal, ‘dead baby cow’ or put the face of butchered animals on the package. Sure its gruesome, but gruesome is reality.

  4. exuvia said

    Our next first grade field trip: “meet your snack alive”. Its a fun trip to the butchers where we get to hang out with Babe during his last minutes. Bring boots and valium.

    Lunch served on the premises.

    Ye all be there, dont be square.

    Miss Appleton
    Your first grade teacher

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