Since I started this blog I have always promised you a detailed and informational post on the environmental impact of vegetarianism vs. the evil omnivore diet. I said my blog would not be a self-centered weekly bragging but would enlighten you dear reader on the difference in carbon footprint of both productions : meat vs. veggies!!
Once more I promise that I will write you this long-awaited article. But before I do that I need to find the time to munch on my numerous books and other inspiring websites to get all my facts right 😉 See how much I love you reader? (hoping there’s more than one of you out there ! )
Until I do that, let me further explain my grounds on the vegetarianism vs. meaty diets.
Studies have shown that ancient – or rather primitive human societies living about 12 million years ago seemed to be frugivores. The examination of their dentition anthropologist Alan Walker and the comparison of human digestive system to herbivores and carnivores by Thomas Huxley tend to show that humans were frugivores.
Then again these ancient civilisations did not have the same living conditions and threats that we ‘modern’ humans face. For a start, their lives were shorter and probably less exposed to aggressions like we know in our every day lives (pollution, extreme weather, viruses,etc …). In that aspect maybe evolution did its share of good things and we shifted to omnivore diets to find in meat the nutriment we couldn’t find elsewhere. The point is that I believe us to be closer to the latest ‘versions’ of humans that have been eating meat for the past millenium than we probably are to the primitive frugivores.
On the other hand I also believe that the Humans 2.0 have seriously crossed the line and openly spit in the face of evolution. Nothing can justify or excuse the outrageous amount of meat that we consume – let alone the shameful production monsters that we have set in motion. I am okay to accept that meat and its nutrition facts are necessary to our health but I cannot abide to the current meat religion that has submerged our societies and deprived it from all forms of respect.
The way we rear cattle, poultry, fish, everything is shameful, monstrous and unethical. Meat eaters are made prophets of this culture of torture because meat is self-evident in our lives.
Once more I’ll let my naive faith in good and humanity overcome the little rationality and pragmatism that I try to maintain and remind you that food-processing is not just a business like any other. Food-processing is the large-scaled organised murder of animals. In disrespecting and underestimating the symbolic value that is eating meat you take part in the mass murder of the last unconsciously good beings on earth. Pigs and cows would never give their lives to become sausage rolls and other cheap squared shaped bottom-end supermarket ham.
We humans are blessed with the gift of life, offered to us by nature. We have the dreadful and risky power of taking the life of animals to sustain ourselves. It is up to us to change this sadistic power in a celebration of life, taking only what is naturally given for us and not wasting the lives of others.
The reason why I entitled this article like this is to remind you of the tragic scene in the movie “Into the Wild” where Alexander Supertramp kills and butchers a moose. Unable to smoke the meat in time, it is infected by larvae and thus becomes inedible for Alex. He would probably find better words in explaining how we should feel when we waste the life of an animal.
” I should never have killed the moose. It is one of the greatest tragedies”
All animals intended to be eaten should be killed in order ot preserve life and not just waste theirs. Therefore I believe we should seriously reconsider our approach to omnivorism and add a bit of gratitude and respect to our beef ragu.
Think about the moose when you consume meat that you know you don’t need.
Sorry for the cynicism but it’s all that images of pig and chicken farms inspire me right now.