What is eating ethically?
Eating ethically is seeing that what you consume on a day to day basis is not contributing to unnecessary damage to quality of life. May that quality of life be our own, the environments, or the animals in the process of you obtaining your nutrients to stay alive.
97% of Americans are eating living breathing things, and the majority of them are unaware of the aspects that go into their nutrients, whether it be the stress, maltreatment, or mechanization of animals. Everyone could do more if they implored themselves to commitment to choosing more optimal ways of animal production or giving their money to those who hold this moral stance of human standards.
There are 3 main aspects to eating ethically.
Animal cruelty or unnecessary suffering, environmental impact, and personal health are the main pathways and reasons for eating ethically.
For the most part, everyone can get behind these ideas that you should consume in an ethical way to minimize these 3 areas of concern. Especially if you are wanting to associate yourself as a more informed and ethical person that is of a respectable group. But it’s not that the prestige people cannot get behind, it is the application and the commitment that concerns people and is the biggest impediment.
It is certainly a case of tragedy of the commons.
No one wants to eat meat that has been overtly stressed and bred to eat that has experienced unnecessary pain. No want wants to have dense pollution for the sake of a 1$ hamburger. No one wants to eat low grade meat that can disrupt or create ill effects within your body or in their children. But HOW can you APPLY it to your life? If you start this you will feel at minimum 10% better about yourself and be happier that you are doing some good each and everyday. It is a guaranteed feeling of genuine satisfaction.
Eating ethically is a practice that ANYONE can do. There are just different gradations of prowess and commitment.
It is similar to exercise. You can exercise and be a healthy individual or you can exercise and be an ultra marathon runner.
Everyone can go on a walk, and everyone can see to it where their food is coming from and what they consume day to day is from a more ethical and humane source.
The idea of absolutes usually is something to be weary of and signal red flags.
This is not dismantling the nobility of veganism what so ever. It is an immense commitment, but If anything is an absolute, for this instance, eating ethically and going entirely NO animal products, it will have marginal utility the more advanced you get in its practice for the GENERAL person. Going “utterly” meatless in the next hour for the rest of your life is not pragmatic for the majority of individuals. Of course there are caveats and exceptions to this. So don’t hate me vegans I’m on your side.
You do not have to be committed to overhauling your entire diet. I implore to you that it most certainly will not work, or drastically hinder you quality of life for the first few months until you get into the swing of things. If you can progress to reducing rather than revamping how the average American has eaten their entire life you will have a much higher success rate. SEE HERE THE 1 TRICK TO GO VEGETARIAN. What you can do and anyone can do is be more cognizant of the amount of food you take in.
One easy reduction.
You do not have to eat processed meat. This is dangerous for YOUR OWN health. You can choose to eat something else. There is a large increase in cancers and disease if you eat PROCESSED meat.
This review found that eating processed meat was associated with a 19% higher risk of type 2 diabetes; however, the researchers did not find any larger risk of diabetes among individuals eating unprocessed red meat, such as pork, lamb, or beef.
This study defined unprocessed red meat as any meat from beef, pork, or lamb that hasn’t been preserved by any salting, curing, smoking, or with chemical preservatives.
Examples of processed meats include:
Limiting meals that have meat.
You do not need the triple salcow burger with onion straws and bacon or similar meals each day each week. You can reduce your meat consumption drastically, systematically, or periodically and MAKE A GREAT IMPACT on how you are as an ethical individual.