If everyone stopped eating meat...
December 6, 2006 3:04pm CST
Has anyone ever considered the consequences of everyone giving up meat products? I have two possible theories: 1. Meat farmers would go out of business, leaving even more people unemployed, because no one would be breeding the animals and the animals would therefore die out anyway, so by other people trying to convert people to not eat meat in order to preserve the life of animals, they would actually end up doing the opposite because the animals would become extinct. OR 2. No animals would be eaten while we try to only eat vegetation, but as the animals we tend to eat would be eating the same vegetation, the animal population would be so expansive that they would eat all the vegetation and there would eventually be nothing at all for people to eat so we would then HAVE to revert to eating meat for survival. I don't have a problem with people who choose not to eat meat but I do have a problem with people who tell others that they shouldn't. Also, considering the possible consequnces I have just mentioned, surely the non-meat eaters would completely defeat their own purpose eventually.
• United States
7 Dec 06
May I remind everyone that there are nutrients that the human body needs that can ONLY BE FOUND IN MEAT. Just thought that I would throw that out there for those who are not as enlightened as some of the rest of us. You might also check with a good dietitian, and see what they have to say on the subject.
6 Dec 06
I hadn't really thought it out that logically but obviously you are right and all life on earth would be endangered by this. Like you, I don't have a problem with people being vegetarians, if that's their choice. I do object to being told that I shouldn't eat meat, I enjoy it.
7 Dec 06
You've made some good points there. Well, I do eat meat, but I'm not too keen on it so I don't eat much of it. I do get annoyed too when people who don't eat meat tell everyone else that they're wrong to eat it, I mean how many carnivores go round telling vegetarians and vegans that they should eat meat and they're wrong not to?
• United Kingdom
6 Dec 06
Yes maybe but plant farming is a lot different from animal farming. They would have to probably start from scratch unless they already grew things as well. And even if they did all change to growing produce, many would go out of business because there would be too much competition.