2013-03-11 – Yesterday’s blog about the similarities (or differences) in the bodily functions and behaviors of dogs and humans got me thinking about the debate over vegetarianism (in whatever form).
Many of the arguments on this topic center on some assumption or other about what it is natural for humans to do. Vegetarians argue that our bodies lack the digestive structures that are common for carnivores. Omnivores argue that our bodies lack the digestive structures that are common in herbivores.
Get a grip, people.
We are not “naturally” vegans because we are similar to cow (in what way?) and we are not “naturally” omnivores because we are similar to dogs (yesterday’s blog reveals at least one similarity). We are what we are.
When did normal human behavior stop being natural. We are part of nature, you know. What are the other alternatives? Supernatural?
Humans eat both meat and vegetables.
The question isn’t whether we have strayed from some ideal diet. The questions are whether we are eating things that are healthy and whether we are visiting unnecessary cruelty and unsustainability on our environment.
I personally have reduced my meat consumption, but I have a hard time seeing how it will go away entirely.
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