Vegetarians get my grudging respect. They don’t eat meat – the tastiest part of the human diet – as a matter of choice. In terms of sheer self-denial and willpower, that’s impressive. And while the environmental benefits of that choice may be somewhat overplayed – the contributions of soy production to deforestation in the Amazon is never brought up, for example – it’s true conventional meat production is a ghastly, unsustainable industry. That said, the bullshitometer went into overdrive when I saw this.
Attention, shoppers: Stop picking up dead “Babes” and “Wilburs” at the grocery store! Here are our top 10 reasons to keep pork off your fork and put delicious Babe-free alternatives on your shopping list instead.
Ahh, the argument from emotion, always a favorite! More absurdity after the jump.
The number one clue for the evolution of the human diet is as follows: what tastes good today was good for you in the past. Sugar – in the minute amounts we encountered for the first 150,000 years of our existence as a species – is very, very good for you. Quickly accessible energy (in the form of carbs) are helpful for hunting, tracking down a wounded bison, dreaming up the wheel, whatever. Early human individuals who sought out the taste of sugar had a better chance of survival/reproduction and thus, passed that affinity onto their offspring.
Same with meat. Protein was a rare but highly valuable foodstuff. Meat packs on the protein – and in nature, muscles – like nothing else. Meat is not bad for you. Sugar is not bad for you. Eating tons of low-quality, processed imitations is. Dial that back a bit and you’ll be just fine. Hell.
N/A. If you buy pork from responsible, local producers who treat their animals with the respect they deserve, these arguments – if you can even call some of them arguments – do not apply. As an indictment of factory farms and CAFOs, this works. But if I drive out to Jim and Deanna Crocker in Hallsville and see their happy pigs doing happy pig things, not so much.
Sure, I’ll try “faux ham” or “fakin” or whatever. Why not? Maybe friend of the blog (and veggie-blogger in her own right) Jennifer could even provide a couple of tips for using the stuff. Just don’t expect it to replace the (lovingly raised) bacon I’ll be curing later this week.
Absolutism rarely wins over converts (known anyone who’s changed their minds on abortion lately?). If the GoVeg.com people had acknowledged that traditional farms, run by people who care for their animals, exist at all I’d be far more inclined to take them seriously. That willful omission dissolves their argument. The only argument that would remain – that eating meat is intrinsically immoral no matter how it’s produced – is never made.
So keep eating pork. Just less of it and of a higher-quality.