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14 June 2009 @ 12:57 am
 
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kathy-freston/shattering-the-meat-myth_b_214390.html

Well there goes the "eating meat is normal/natural" defense.
 
 
 
Urvogelurvogel on June 14th, 2009 01:34 pm (UTC)
humans are omnivores. they may not be physically the hunters, but neither are vultures, and there is no denying the need for meat in their diet. incisor teeth are an evolutionary trait that takes millions of years to breed into a species from natural selection. the simple truth she doesn't mention is that if man had never eaten meat, they never would have eaten fish, which contains one of the key resources to healthy brain development, which, combined with a set of upper limbs free of the burden of having to carry the body, is what mainly made humanity at the top of the food chain today.

there is no denying that vegetarianism can be healthy, however to truly find balance between meat and plant is the key to a healthy omnivores diet.

not trying to rain on your parade, but i hope you found this opinion useful/interesting.
uh huhflopart on June 14th, 2009 03:11 pm (UTC)
I mean, it's basically the dogma of everyday meat eating that most people like to cite. I think the point of the article is that we aren't really set up to eat it nearly as often or as much as we do.
Detective Smatterknacksmatterknack on June 14th, 2009 09:25 pm (UTC)
I totally agree. I don't think it's healthy for the average American to eat as much meat as they do, but the article is pretty bad. She writes in a fashion that says any logical person would agree with her, and those that don't are bad. Yes, humans physiologically share characteristics similar to mammal herbivores, but tearing up meat can be done easily with stone tools. Oldowan style stone tools are perfectly capable of butchering an elephant, and those were pioneered around 2.6 million years ago by predecessors of Homo sapiens. All I'm saying is that people will eat whatever they can to survive, and not everyone in the world is in a place where they can choose to have a vegetarian lifestyle.

For more food for thought, I think you might enjoy this article, written by Anthropologist Jared Diamond in the late 80's. http://jeffweintraub.blogspot.com/2005/09/jared-diamond-on-why-invention-of.html


uh huhflopart on June 14th, 2009 11:27 pm (UTC)
I think the fact that having a vegetarian diet is a "privilege" speaks to how fucked up agroeconomics are, among other things. I'm not actually opposed to people eating meat, I just think the way the meat industry is set up makes anything more than occasional especially weird. People are gonna eat what they need to in order to survive, but everyone should have the right to healthy food, especially fresh produce.
Urvogelurvogel on June 15th, 2009 05:12 am (UTC)
ah yes that is something i can definitely agree with- portions and percentage of meat eaten is out of control, in this country especially i think