. . . tasty, tasty murder.
So, as I alluded to in my comeback post, I’ve started eating meat again. I don’t mean for every single meal; maybe once or twice per week at most.
I’m not going full-Zuckerberg and only eating animals that I’ve killed myself, but I am trying — as far as it’s possible — to maintain an ethical approach; keeping sustainable British produce and animal welfare in mind.
When bottle-feeding lambs as a child, it was definitely compassion that led me to stop eating animals in the first place. However, as an adult, I realised that environmental factors were also an issue.
“About 2,000 pounds of grains must be supplied to livestock in order to produce enough meat and other livestock products to support a person for a year, whereas 400 pounds of grain eaten directly will support a person for a year. Thus, a given quantity of grain eaten directly will feed 5 times as many people as it will if it is eaten indirectly by humans in the form of livestock products.”
— M.E. Ensminger, Ph.D.
The oft-quoted health failings stereotypically associated with vegetarians isn’t a reason I’m switching back. I’m fortunate that I know a bit about nutrition and how to plan a meal. I’ve been able to maintain a healthy enough diet to be approaching the 50th blood donation I’ve made over the years.
Neither was it the smell of grilling bacon — the apophrycal downfall of many a vegetarian — that got me eating animal products again. The first impression of bacon I had (eating it as an adult) was an overpowering taste of salt. I thought that it definitely smelled better than it tasted, but I’ve persisted!
Rather it was my daughter’s fault. Maybe “fault” is the wrong word here; although she’s definitely the reason behind my dietary change. I don’t want her growing up with a ready-made excuse not to try something; like many other areas of her life, I want her to make her own decisions rather than foist my own opinions upon her. When she’s old enough to appreciate my reasonings and make up her own mind, I may switch back to meat-free meals — and I would be very happy if she made the conscious choice to do the same.
However by that time it may well be that lab-grown meat is economically viable and socially accepted, meaning that we can have the meat without that animals.