ta­ble talk

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - LIFESTYLE - ed hal­magyi fast-ed.com.au

I THINK I could cope with be­ing veg­e­tar­ian, at least for a while. That said, it would be im­por­tant to use sup­ple­ments.

I’d prob­a­bly sup­ple­ment my adopted plant-based diet with a T-bone steak!

Yep, I be­lieve in my ca­nine teeth. Af­ter all, if God had re­ally meant for us to be veg­e­tar­ian, then why did she make an­i­mals out of meat? De­li­cious, suc­cu­lent, juicy meat.

Oh sure, there are plenty of good ar­gu­ments to sup­port the idea that we should re­duce or com­pletely es­chew our car­niv­o­rous ten­den­cies — gut health, heart health, liver health, the list goes on. In fact, some stud­ies have found that a strict veg­e­tar­ian diet can in­crease life span by up to seven years.

That’s seven long, sad, dark, meat­less years.

And I think I’m in the ma­jor­ity, for we Aus­tralians have just re­claimed the ti­tle of “World’s Big­gest Meat Eaters”, trounc­ing the United States, New Zealand and Hong Kong. Our poul­try and pork habit is on the rise, while the amount of lamb and beef we con­sume has plateaued. The av­er­age Aus­tralian is putting away more than 90kg of m meat an­nu­ally. That’s a quar­ter of a kilo, a per­son per­son, every day of the year. Even if you have a de­cent­sized ste steak for din­ner, that means w we’re do­ing meaty lunches lunches, sausage break­fasts, or snack snack­ing on sticks of bil­tong. This much meat is a meas mea­sure of our very real colle col­lec­tive wealth. While we talk about eco­nomic pr pres­sures, in prac­ti­cal te terms things have n never been so good. I’m not sug­gest­ing t that any of us should f feel re­morse­ful for Aus­tralia’s good for­tune. But by the same lo logic, nei­ther should we in­dulge in a fan­tasy of s suf­fer­ing. In In­di­vid­ual cases may vary, but as a na­tion we are tru truly feast­ing on the fat­ted c calf. So, pass the mus­tar mus­tard!

That’s seven long, sad, dark, meat­less years.

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