If the saying “you are what you eat” is accurate, then the majority of us should really be worried.
The average American’s diet consists of bad carbs, poor quality protein, too much fat, processed foods overloaded with excessive salt and sugar, and inadequate portions of vegetables.
The meat industry would have us believe that animal protein contributes towards a balanced diet. The scientists, who we know we can trust because they are never subsidised by the meat industry, and they wear white coats, report that anatomically the human body is more similar to that of a carnivore or omnivore, than that of a herbivore. In fact, I’m often mistaken for a wolf or leopard when in public, probably because of my razor like claws that I use for pinning down prey whilst I pierce and tear at it with my long, sharp teeth.
Big fat government subsidies provided to meat ‘manufacturers’ creates the illusion that meat is cheaper than it really is, thus making the consumer believe that they are buying at bargain prices, when the truth couldn’t be further from that situation.
Whether or not human beings are carni-, omni- or herbivores. I don’t care. I don’t eat meat because I have a conscience. And that’s really what this article is all about.
It is not my desire to disparage flesh seekers but to help put an end to animal suffering and the degenerative diseases that eating poor quality meat infused with a toxic cocktail of chemicals and the likes, causes in us little human beings.
As meat-eaters, we are happily misled by the images of content piggies and daisy-chomping cows on our packaging; we convince ourselves that the reports by PETA and other proponents of the vegetarian movement and pro-animal lobbyists are exaggerated scaremongering by incorrigible and unrelenting extremists; and we congratulate ourselves on feeding our families and saving a few bucks.
But these savings are a false economy. The conditions in which these animals are kept in meat processing facilities – a euphemism for abattoir or slaughterhouse – are diabolical. These animals are pumped full of hormones causing them to grow at an accelerated rate, so that ‘farmers’ can make more money, more quickly; they are kept in abysmal conditions without light, fresh air and are denied the basic rights of any living creature; they are poorly fed, often on the carcasses of other animals too weak or diseased to survive. Then they are slaughtered in manners that defy the word ‘humane’. There are laws to regulate the slaughterhouses and the way in which slaughter is carried out, but these regulations go routinely unenforced.
Similarly, the people that work in these places are generally illegal immigrants who too, are badly treated. They work long hours in unpleasant conditions and are poorly paid with no rights, and as such, have little respect for other life forms.
Even after death, the transformation of animal into meat involves dubious processes, again harmful, either to human health or at pocket level. The meat is injected with water to plump it up and add weight to it and chemicals are added to it to preserve its shelflife.
And it is the bodies of these animals, reared in such vile conditions, full of antibiotics and hormones and having lived brief, horrific and miserable lives, that we slap under the grill or barbecue; that we lovingly cook and feed to our little ones. This is unhappy, miserable, baneful meat. This is not fuel. It is toxic, low-quality and harmful.
If the adage is true and you are indeed what you eat and then you consume the flesh of well-treated animals reared in the open air, who have lived happy and healthy lives, then what does that make you?
Vote with your dollar – eat organic!
In a recent interview with Zeit Online, vegetarian author Jonathon Safran Foer stated that the right to knowledge of what conditions our food came from, what it contains and what it does to our health is a responsibility that is placed squarely at the feet of the manufacturers, not the consumers.
Whatever your reason, if you can’t commit to vegetarianism, and that is a personal decision, and even if you couldn’t give a rat’s ass about the conditions the animals are kept in, then eat organic, free range meat for yourself and for the health of your children. It’s up to us to vote with our buck and tell the slaughterhouses that we want good quality meat.
Take the time to watch Food Inc. for an insight into how your meat and vegetables are produced and effects on the environment, the trailor for which can be seen here:
Please share your thoughts on the vegetarian movement or the state of the meat industry by leaving a comment.
images: bnet.com, ananimalfriendlylife.com