Philosophy: Should we eat meat?

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Should we eat meat?

  • Yes

    Votes: 233 68.5%
  • No

    Votes: 107 31.5%

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Dissident Dan said:
Actually, if more people ate the speciality products such as veggie "meats", the prices would come down, because the scale of production would go up and there would be more competition. As far as traditional plant foods, such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans, grains, etc., we would actually need to produce less plant food because we would not be feeding them to animals first (and you get a lot less food out of an animal than you put in). We would probably need to produce more of the types that we don't currently feed to farmed animals, but this would be more than made up for by the fact so many other plants no longer need to be produced.
You cant really qualify the "food" we give to animals as "food" that we ourselves could consume. If our diet looked similar to that of a cow/chicken's we'd all be unleathy from the overeating of grains.
Also, the thing about grains is that in volume of consumable product per square meter of crop it is a lot higher than any fruit, and most other vegetables. Also grains are less prone to disease and parasites, where fruits and vegetables have to be constantly monitored, thus requiring higher operating costs. I wonder what the actual values are of area of land used for cows+grains compared to the equal amount of final human edible product with other produce.

Dissident Dan said:
It is my understanding that most extremely poor people in 3rd-world countries eat hardly any meat, anyway. Instead of spending effort on the inputs that go into animal agriculture, we could spend that effort on producing food for direct human consumption. We could produce much more food given a certain amount of resources on animal-free diets, so feeding a hungry world is actually easier through vegetarianism.
Actuallym extremely poor countries have to do just about anything for their meat because its one of their few sources of protiens and needed fats. Its also essential for early development of a high-caloric diet. I'm not arguing that its impossible to feed these people without meat, I'm just proposing that it might be tougher due to the amount of needed foodstuffs to be produced for them to replace their current (though lacking) nutritional intake.


Dissident Dan said:
I'm sorry to hear that. How do you know that your red blood cell count dropped? Did you get it tested in a lab?

If you eat a well-balanced diet, you will not have problems. I hope that you weren't eating just french fries and potato chips. Whether vegetarian or not, if you do not eat a variety of foods, you will have problems.
No, my girlfriend at the time was vegetarian since she was 3. So I started the same diet, lots of fuits, greens, nuts (basically mediterranian diet). Over the course of 4 to 5 months I noticed a difference in my energy and ability to focus. I get my blood tested quite frequently because diabetes type-2 runs rampant in my family and I'm attempting to avoid it. I just have them do a full analysis (free at the hospital on base here). It's been a few years, but if i remember correctly my red blood cell count was at like 9 or 10? does that sound right? I cant remember.

EDIT : I just checked, it was the Total Hemoglobin Concentration in g/dl.
 
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sheepdog
Good point.

GeD said:
What about the insects and other small lifeforms that we kill because of the need to keep vegetables and crops clean? Don't each of those lives (who are killed are more numerously than the animals we slaughter for meat) mean the same as cows, pigs, deer and sheep?
They do. Quite right. We should also not produce crops by intensive agriculture as we do. Unfortunately, we have to eat something. We can avoid the meat but not the fruits and vegies. But you are right. We should be aiming to eliminate all agricultural practices as well.
 
sheepdog
Absolutely. Save them all. Why not?

selfAdjoint said:
That would be phylumism! And don't forget Kingdomism; save the bacteria!
Yes, we should be working to avoid all of our effects. The slaughter of animals is only one of them.
 
sheepdog
No killing is inevitable, for us.

GeD said:
We just have to accept the fact that conflict and thus killing is a part of life (albeit, we try to avoid it if it will simply be a waste).
But all killing that we do is a waste, because none of it is inevitable, in the long run. Yes, it may be necessary now. But we can choose to devise the means to avoid it. It is our choice whether to kill or to avoid killing, anything and everything we kill. It is not just killing. It is about all of our effects. We may choose to have any effect we want, or we may choose to avoid to have an effect at all. None of our effects are inevitable.
 
sheepdog
No more farms.

Kerrie said:
When your produce comes from a third world country where even more animals are killed by agricultural farming because they do not have the standards like America does, then maybe you will see the crisis farmers truly are in.
Yes, the goal should be to eliminate farming as we know it completely, globally.
 
sheepdog
No killing is necessary.

GeD said:
We can agree that whether we are vegetarians or not, it will involve killing thousands of insect life and plant life, and even some animal life.
Absolutely untrue. This is the current situation. But there is nothing preventing us from choosing to work towards a future in which this is not true. There is nothing compelling us to do this killing, except that we have not devise the means not to -- yet. I absolutely do not accept the position that it is not in our capacity to devise the means to change our current situation. We have the capacity. Human creativity is unlimited. We only must choose to express that capacity to make it happen.
 
sheepdog
Superiorlessness

Kerrie said:
this is a statement based more on opinion yet fact clearly shows humans have and most likely remain the most superior animal due to our biological makeup.
And some humans are more superior than others based upon their superior biological makeup -- exactly the argument used by the Nazis leading to the exterminations. Perhaps you would not go so far, being willing to tolerate the inferiors so long as they were good to eat. Good for you!

Your feeling of superiority has no valid basis and no constructive purpose.
 
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sheepdog said:
And some humans are more superior than others based upon their superior biological makeup -- exactly the argument used by the Nazis leading to the exterminations. Perhaps you would not go so far, being willing to tolerate the inferiors so long as they were good to eat. Good for you!

Your feeling of superiority has no valid basis and no constructive purpose.

knock off the sarcasm, or this thread will be shut down. i am guessing you are intelligent enough to understand the context of my message, stop twisting it to try and make me look bad because you don't like what i have to say.

it is fact human beings are superior, and superior doesn't mean better either. superior that we are an animal that has grown in huge numbers due to medical and agricultural advances. because of our superiority, we have problems, problems with overpopulation and trying to feed everyone adequately. to do so, we have devised animal and produce factories that use all sorts of chemicals that go into everyone's bodies, including yours unless you grow all of your own food.

next time instead of jumping on the attack bandwagon, ask for a little clarification.
 
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sheepdog said:
Absolutely untrue. This is the current situation. But there is nothing preventing us from choosing to work towards a future in which this is not true. There is nothing compelling us to do this killing, except that we have not devise the means not to -- yet. I absolutely do not accept the position that it is not in our capacity to devise the means to change our current situation. We have the capacity. Human creativity is unlimited. We only must choose to express that capacity to make it happen.
? If it is possible in the future to eat plants without killing animals, then it is most likely possible to eat animals without killing plants.
Also, who stated anything about the situation never changing? I was focusing on the now - not some imagined future, and the fact that both vegetarianism and meat eating will involve killing animals, plants and insects.
 
sheepdog
I say what I mean.

Kerrie said:
knock off the sarcasm, or this thread will be shut down. i am guessing you are intelligent enough to understand the context of my message, stop twisting it to try and make me look bad because you don't like what i have to say.

it is fact human beings are superior, and superior doesn't mean better either. superior that we are an animal that has grown in huge numbers due to medical and agricultural advances. because of our superiority, we have problems, problems with overpopulation and trying to feed everyone adequately. to do so, we have devised animal and produce factories that use all sorts of chemicals that go into everyone's bodies, including yours unless you grow all of your own food.

next time instead of jumping on the attack bandwagon, ask for a little clarification.
There was no sarcasm. The idea of superiority is one of the most dangerous we can express. The Nazis are an excellent example but certainly not the only ones. I believe I understand your meaning exactly. Your clarification does not provide any further understanding. You are saying we are superior, in numbers, in intellect, in biology. You have made your position clear. It is false. Your sense of superiority is not valid and not constructive. There is no time when anyone taking such a position should not be contradicted. The consequences are too serious. The problems you describe are a direct result not of our actual superiority, but of our false sense of superiority. That is how dangerous it is. I will continue to take issue with the idea of our superiority at every opportunity, and I hope that I am not alone.
 
sheepdog
Kill neither

GeD said:
? If it is possible in the future to eat plants without killing animals, then it is most likely possible to eat animals without killing plants.
It is possible to eat without killing either.
Also, who stated anything about the situation never changing? I was focusing on the now - not some imagined future, and the fact that both vegetarianism and meat eating will involve killing animals, plants and insects.
Well, the question is, "Should we eat meat?" It seems nonsensical to interpret that question in the present since we do eat meat. Then the answer would be a simple, "of course we do." Seems reasonable to talk about about our future choices, not our present decisions.
 
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Unfortunately, I find it necessary to discontinue this thread. I was really hoping it could continue more, but having my argument (and others) compared to a Nazi is considered worse then an insult. This thread was successful for many pages and many months, but having members throw insults regardless of how strongly they feel is not tolerated in this forum and is part of the membership guidelines.
 
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