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This is a very interesting article, which will probably cause controversy on care2, but it is very importan to listen to both views and to be open to all ideas. Please comment and contribute to the subject with your personal knowledge.

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Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 6:26 am
Moderation in everything seems to make sense. I guess that why gluttony has always been considered a vice.

Christeen A (368)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 6:38 am
Very informative and interesting article. I like my veggies but I must confess I also eat beef under doctors orders. I suffer from anemia.

Ben O (171)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 11:03 am
I've heard of the myths many, many times since I became a vegetarian in 1975...

Roger S (14)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 12:58 pm
Interesting article, though I would note that it over a decade old. What have we learned since then? Still, it seems to make some good arguments both for and against vegetarianism. Humans are omnivores. Is being Vegan better? Maybe, but it is unproven.

Sheryl G (363)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 12:31 pm
First Nations people always ate meats, fish, birds, along with plants and berries; however, in the old ways a life was not taken without giving it the full honoring it deserved and afterwards thanked it for sacrificing it's life when taken. The big thing is, it was allowed to have a life while it did live in a natural or more natural setting and never ever took more than was needed. All parts were used; the bones, feathers, hides so on and so forth.

What I would like to see would be for the environment to go back to a clean state, so the fish can swim freely and not be over harvested. I do want for the small local fisherman to not have to compete with the big factory boats that ship our fish to other lands. Eat and grow locally. So trade can happen, but not in the massive ways it is being done now. A small fisherman in small boats and nets on the shore is one thing, but a huge boat that scraps the seabed destroying whatever is there and scooping up any and all fish that land in it's nets is wrong. Needs to be put to an end.

Likewise, cattle should roam, not be confined into these pens, chickens to roam, and both eat what is normal for them. The pigs needs to walk in larger pens and all need to feel the sunshine upon them. The workers who take care of them need to respect these animals, stop cramming a funnel into the geese and force feeding them, stop plucking feathers off of them alive until their skin is so red and bleeding, stop mistreating all of the animals, allow them a good life while they live. Then when it is a time to use them for food, thank them in prayer for their offering of self and do it humanely. I see video's where the workers are kicking them or talking hateful towards them. That is not good, that angry energy goes into the animal and we eat that anger. So respect towards that which will give of itself so we may live is needed.

We need to get the toxins out of the foods, the gmo's, we need to be planting so that the plants themselves nourish the ground, act as the natural pest control. This is all possible. The native use to plant beans, corn, and squash together. The beans grew up the stacks of the corn as the squash leaves provided shade to the base of the plants allowing a protection to keep the water from evaporating, thereby using less of it. The 3 plants together were in balance, complimented each other, also supplied the soil with what was needed, and the 3 plants together were healthy for bodies, gave what was needed when in combination is a balance within our own bodies.

So, I don't think it's just a matter of going Vegetarian, but it's a way of life that is considerate to all. The plants, the soil, the animals, waters, so that all of us can be healthier at the end of things. For now, the best I can do is try to buy as much of my food from the local Farmers who do not use chemicals, allow their chickens to roam freely and fight for the other ways to return to us. Humans use to do things better, we can do it again, but that would require the Big Agri Farms to go, the Corporate profits to go, it would return the Power back to the People and that is a BIG fight on our hands. People never realized what they were loosing as it was being taken away, now we know all too well.


S S (0)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 12:52 pm
Thank you.

Kath P (9)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 1:12 pm
I eat mostly vegetarian with some vegan as well as the odd bit of animal protein.

Sandra ;atterson (59)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 1:13 pm
there will always be an argument on this subject. noted

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 1:26 pm
There needn't be an argument at all. You believe what you believe, I believe what I believe. Don't try to convert me and I will not try to convert you.

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 1:28 pm
P.S. I am glad to see an article on Care2 (finally!) that presents an opposite point of view!

Tammy B (9)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 1:44 pm
I eat whatever I want. in moderation of course

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 1:58 pm
I like meat,I am sorry but I do and I am not going to change it.This is a good article.Thank you for sharing.

Anna M (18)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 4:29 pm
good info, thanks

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 11:12 pm
I personally wouldn't want to eat anything with eyes and can't stand the way animals are slaughtered for human consumption. Do as you like, but bless your food no matter what you eat and consider how it got onto your plate.

Angie V (41)
Friday March 22, 2013, 12:54 am

Natalie S (13)
Friday March 22, 2013, 1:53 am
I need to get back to this article as it is very comprehensive and worth reading and rereading. My only concern is that it is rather dated - could there have been developments since the time it was written? In any case, in my heart of hearts I always felt that there was more to vegetarianism than met the eye, in the sense that there are commercial interests as well. Thanks for sharing!

Gloria p (304)
Friday March 22, 2013, 6:35 am
The article seems to be from the factory farm lobby. There is nothing wrong with being a vegetarian and many of those myths are true. I eat a little meat but not much.

Ro H (0)
Friday March 22, 2013, 6:51 am

Ro H (0)
Friday March 22, 2013, 6:52 am

Donna Hamilton (159)
Friday March 22, 2013, 7:51 am
Each to their own. I have been vegetarian all my adult life, but would never lecture anyone else to do the same - I hate to be told that I should eat meat, so in all fairness I don't feel I can tell anyone else that they shouldn't. Let everyone abide as their own conscience dictates
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