THE NEED ver­sus THE WANT

Animal Scene - - ADVOCATE -

When hu­man­ity was still in the hunter-gath­erer phase, eat­ing meat was a need to be met. How­ever, now that we have sig­nif­i­cantly de­vel­oped as a civ­i­liza­tion, the eat­ing of meat has be­come more of a want.

True, some of the nu­tri­ents we need are still best taken from an­i­mals (in the por­tions or amounts re­quired), but the way that many so­ci­eties con­sume meat is al­ready plac­ing a bur­den on nat­u­ral re­sources. Again, the en­vi­ron­ment is at stake, along with the del­i­cate bal­ance of flora and fauna.

[As a doc­tor, I used to think eat­ing meat in mod­er­a­tion was healthy. But look­ing at cur­rent lit­er­a­ture, I re­al­ized meat wasn't a “health food” at all. While nu­tri­ent-dense, an­i­mal flesh comes with harm­ful hor­mones, bad choles­terol, and sat­u­rated fat, all of which even­tu­ally can­cel out the al­leged health ben­e­fits of meat con­sump­tion. -Ed.]

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