Q: Why do you eat meat?
I just wanted to throw this question out there because ... well, I am curious as to the responses. Just a reminder, for the first 18 years of my life I consumed animal flesh. I didn't think about the process, pain, suffering, and ultimately the death of the animal in order for it to be nicely packaged, put on display in the grocery store, placed on my plate, and then end up in my stomach. For me there was a disconnect between the animal and the piece of cooked flesh on my plate. It was just another piece of food to me — nothing more, nothing less.
As consumers we have a right to see how our food is processed. I encourage anyone who consumes the flesh of animals to watch the video Meet Your Meat (video length is 12:49 minutes). If you were given the opportunity to kill the animal that you would be serving for dinner, would you do it? If no, why not? I eat fruits and vegetables and during the spring and summer months I grow most of what I eat. I do all of the harvesting and any necessary preparation etc. of the fruits and vegetables — no need for a middle man to do the dirty work for me! Granted, in the fall and winter I do have to shop at the grocery store for my fruits and veggies — at least until I master the technique of a having a fall/winter garden.
I have heard from numerous people and have read various articles stating that we need to eat meat to be healthy — to live. Not only have I not consumed animal flesh in 16 years, I know of individuals who have not consumed animal flesh in 20/30/40+ years. If we need meat to live, well then, I guess those of us who choose to eschew animal flesh must be the walking dead! But not like the zombies you see on television that eat people — we would just ravage your gardens and farmers markets! We want your grains!
Here is an awesome recipe from the Post Punk Kitchen for Peanut Butter Blondies (see picture). I love peanut butter, organic is my favorite, and these little goodies are scrumptious. My fiance, who is neither vegetarian nor vegan, found these peanut butter treats yummy!