I don’t like Vegans and Vegetarians….
Not because I don’t admire their cause…
Not because I don’t admire their virtue….
Not because I don’t admire their compassion…
Not because I think its effeminate or too progressive…..
I don’t like them because they treat their practices with puritan values. This ruins it for everyone else because this approach isn’t practical. (for the record I have been practicing vegetarianism for quite some time). Their main arguments are logical, for the most part, concerning the ethics and carbon emissions from factory farming.
But its treated with the sanctity that meat is inherently bad, and there’s a feel of “days without an accident counter” cascaded above their head and the highest number wins.
Our evolutionary biology has been developed because of these meat eating practices as well as culture.
It seems necessary in some regards as well, for instance if we did not have conservation efforts via hunting there would be rampant population growths in certain animal species that would override us and cause problems.
Such as the shear numbers of deer.
The populations CAN get out of control for example in West Virginia Motorists have a 1 – 44 chance of hitting a deer every time getting behind the wheel. If there are not conservation efforts to keep populations in healthy numbers relevant to our society, there will be adverse affects.
But from that argument and talking point, factory farming is not good…
I do commend the dedication of plant based dieters… and I am not advocating the maltreatment of animals through factory farming…
But, they make it look too damn difficult and virtue signal their efforts to everyone else.
This is what is repelling, grating, and dividing.
This makes any type of effort to limit consumption still an inhumane act. This generates peoples’ apathy toward the main cause. They humbly admit they can’t take that type of initiative and continue their regular diets. They want to do something but the endevour is too large for them to take on.
But there’s another option!
People have trouble not drinking soda, let alone changing their ENTIRE diet.
A diet entirely supplanted with greens, when meat has been the center of their dishes for the majority of their lives, is not realistic and even unfathomable to most.
This abrupt change will most certainly shock the participants’ body and personal life.
This sanctimonious approach of diet starkly divides people from the idea of removing any meat from their diet. So, individuals dismiss them as cranks, hippies, or too militant immediately and move on their typical inertia towards their dinner table.
It is simply Team A vs Team B creating a gridlock.
The inner dialogue of the conventional person is typically “well I could never go full vegetarian” and their right.
The guidelines for vegetarianism and veganism are just too much of an abrupt shift for large sums of the everyday person to take on.
For one, they don’t know how or even where to begin.
In general individuals, don’t have immaculate diets to begin with. Taking the initiative to study, understand, and plan nutrition is time consuming. People just literally don’t have enough bandwidth to accurately & safely adopt these tendencies.
Also, most people are not going to explicitly overhaul their entire diet. Especially when the westernized diet is so enveloped around meat consumption.
If you have the notion that eating some meat is intertwined with guilt, failure, or you’ve “lost” with your diet and your “team”, your abandonment rate is going to SPIKE or even have large amounts opting out of the idea entirely.
People do not like losing or feeling guilty approaching the pleasurable experience of a meal. If you associate loss & guilt within that realm, no one is going to want to adopt it.
Is Meat Dangerous
There are some misnomers when it comes to consumption of meat.
Meat is not inherently bad for you nutritionally. Especially lean meats. There does not appear to be a measurable risk from eating red meat once or twice a week. According to William Kormos, MD
Editor in Chief of Harvard Men’s Health Watch.
But just as with sugar, fat, and carbohydrates eating a large amount can have detrimental effects for your health. The approach of “sin” or “relapse” is also grating and not consoling what so ever.
Which seems to be why meatless diets remain a stagnant 1% of the populous.
The ethics and concerns for emissions from our western practices are COMPLETELY understandable.
You can either persuade one person to commit fully to vegetarianism and maybe have 10,000 meat free dishes over a lifespan. Or you can commit 100,000 people to actively remove meat dishes a few times a week.
Meatless VS Less Meat.
Don’t go meatless, it’s not going to work.
Slowly get acclimated to the change. There is no rush.
Assuage yourself or others from the puritan view of well I can’t just go vegetarian. You don’t have to. Forget the stupid labels that signal virtue and division. You literally don’t have to tell anyone if you don’t want to. You have 35 meals (give or take each week). Alter 1 at first.
What everyone can do easily is limit meals through you and your families diet that contain some meat. Just subtracting processed meat would not only help ethically and environmentally, it will lower your cancer risk for you and your loved ones. According to the Harvard Public School of Health, habitual consumption of 2 oz of processed meat will increase chance of cancer by 20%
Processed meat has been modified to either extend its shelf life or change the taste and the main methods are smoking, curing, or adding salt or preservatives.
Simply putting beef through a mincer does not mean the resulting mince is “processed” unless it is modified further.
Processed meat includes bacon, sausages, hot dogs, salami, corned beef, beef jerky and ham as well as canned meat and meat-based sauces.
So, if you don’t know where to start, START WITH THAT. Even if you don’t want to remove any meat, remove THAT type. Start with that, see how that goes.
I know it sounds earthshattering “LIKE OMG WHAT AM I GOING TO EAT FOR LUNCH THEN” You’re not a child, you don’t need to eat hot dogs, and you can certainly find favorite foods to eat for ONE meal that doesn’t include a meat portion even ONCE a week. You’re not 8 years old anymore you know you can eat something else that is better for you. Remove the processed meats.
How To Succeed At This
Militancy and drastic change always fails. You won’t be able to go about your regular life and do all of this drastic changing to your diet and sustain it for the long term. That’s why you should start with just one meal, gain momentum, there is seriously no rush.
Slowly and incrementally start making different decisions on what food you eat. How?
It can help by not doing it alone.
People HATE losing so,
Make it game, make a bet with a friend or partner.
Pay 1 dollar to a them every time you don’t eat at least one meal a week without meat or have a processed meat meal. Oh, you just had to have the salami pastrami ham gargantuan dolloped with bacon based mayonnaise so now you pay up.
Limiting just SOME will be an admirable effort. What is some?
Remove the processed meats.
Eat a meal that doesn’t have meat in it once a week
Even a transition from not eating factory farm raised beef to free range chicken would be a significant change in generating less gas emissions per meal.