Origins of food
September 10, 2008 7:08am CST
Do you care what life your meat had before it made it to your plate? I just wondered really - being vegetarian I just wondered if meat eaters are concerned about the quality of life an animal has before it is slaughtered?
10 Sep 08
^Good for you then, because some people are too quick to jump on the whole vegetarian bandwagon and condemning meat-eaters in general, without REALLY checking on those plants they put on their plate. Animals are living things, plants are living things. IMO, there's no point comparing meat-eaters and vegetarians because, either way, there's still a certain level of 'slaughtering' involved. Where health is concerned, the key is balance. Eat the right amount of meat, fish AND vegetables. I myself wouldn't mind chowing down on some river spinach sauteed in soy sauce and vinegar (what we call 'adobong kangkong'). It's healthy, easy to prepare, inexpensive and will usually keep for several days without refrigeration.
11 Sep 08
I'm not sure about "slaughtering" a vegetable !?! I started growing my vegetables when I was expecting my son as I didn't want loads of pesticides entering his system. I have found it really theraputic and I actually find home grown tastes so much better than shop bought. Here locally we also have farmers markets where you can buy locally grown vegetables too which are better value than the supermarkets. People often do jump on the vegetarian bandwagon without checking first to see they are eating a healthy diet. it is possible to be vegetarian and eat plenty of the wrong foods. I researched so I know where I can get my vital vitamins and minerals in my foods first before becoming vegetarian. Seafood is very good for you and my son loves fish. I don;t mind cooking meat so long as I don;t have to eat it myself. I would never enforce my views on food on others. the main reason I cannot eat fish is that I am allergic to seafood.
10 Sep 08
Being a meat-eater, I pose the same question to vegetarians: do you care what life those plants had before they ended up on your plate? Are you concerned whether or not that plant you're about to eat has had enough sunlight and good soil to grow in, so that it can provide you with the nutrientsyou need? Do you take pains to find out if the person who cultivated that plant took care to protect it from pests, before you put it in your mouth? Do you make sure that that crunchy cabbage leaf is really all-natural i.e. not genetically modified?
10 Sep 08
I will be honest, I like meat. I do have some mixed feelings though. I try not to think about it to much. I do prefer to eat meat from animals raised in a small farm, all natural, and/or free-range. I feel its healthier for me and the animal lived a somewhat better life. I do know that it is healthier to have a vegetarian lifestyle as long as it is balanced. I have cut back on eating meat to only a few times a week and am trying to incorporate more vegetarian meals into my diet. it is so hard to find good, tasty vegetarian recipes though.