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Eve Aruguete

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  • Eve Aruguete replied to a comment by Jen Watson

    Why Eating Some Meat May Be Better for the Environment Than Going Vegetarian via magazine.good.is

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    Jen Watsonover 1 year ago

    After reading Eating Animals and In Defense of Food, I decided to follow the "semi/mostly" vegetarian lifestyle. I have meat once or twice a month, eating it from places I know get their meat from local or non-factory farms. I don't eat piggies (they're too darn cute) or overfished seafood. I feel lucky I live in Durham, NC where this lifestyle is easy, but know it wouldn't be possible in other areas. I want to support farmers ethically raising animals and restaurants buying from these farmers and at the same time engage in dialogue with others to change the perception that to be a vegetarian requires that you never eat meat, that you are grossed out by meat, and/or that you are condemning of meat eaters. I've been a vegetarian for almost 2 years now and feel like my diet is something I will be able to sustain for the rest of my life. If others stop viewing it as a diet consisting of no meat ever again, and instead "okay I'll have meat during special occasions," or even once weekly, I think they'd be less likely to fall off the wagon and revert back to a meaty diet.

    Eve Arugueteover 1 year ago

    I think you might be someone who should make friends with some cows and chickens. they are also cute and cool animals. thank you for eating less animals.

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  • Eve Aruguete replied to a comment by Teknomad

    Why Eating Some Meat May Be Better for the Environment Than Going Vegetarian via magazine.good.is

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    Teknomadover 1 year ago

    No one else seems to use the argument I use, which I find is quite persuasive. Basically, I look at meat consumption metaphorically in (stock) market terms: its a massive "position" that mankind had taken, and you just can't dump this position back into the market all at once or you'll create a lot of disruption and instability. "Dumping the meat position" is the key part of the metaphor. What I mean by that is that we can't all stop eating meat tomorrow because there are millions of domesticated animals dependent on our care, living in a humongous factory system that requires vast amounts of power and human effort to manage -- shutting that off overnight would cause environmetal breakdown and untold misery for both animals and humans alike. Where will all the cows and pigs and chickens go to live? If we keep them alive in farms but dont eat them, their children would become an ever-increasing burden on humanity. So, what do we do - sterilize them? The ethical questions alone are overwhelming, but the impact on our economy would clearly be devastating.

    No...we have to "unroll the position" carefully, just like you do with a massive stock postion. Sell off a little here and there till the market begins to stabilize, then increase the sell-off...you may have to buy some back along the way to keep the market balanced. I see meat consumption the same way. Vegans are the vanguard...we need them -- they're the first wave of "sell-off". Behind them comes the meat-once-a-week crowd, the folks that the article is talking about (I'm in this group...and I'm a Buddhist). The fact that this trend exists is evidence that my metaphor has some validity! The "long tail" will be populated by die-hard meat eaters who will support a long-lived small-scale meat industry. By then, meat will be a gourmet food item, a fringe market, expensive and exclusive. That situation almost guarantees that the animals will be well-cared for. Eventually, that too will fade away.

    Eve Arugueteover 1 year ago

    I don't think it's an option to "dump the postition" or stop animal consumption all at once. Does anything happen all at once with humans? I don't think you need to fear people will change too quickly, for our own sake (not to mention the animals) it really can't happen quick enough. I help Vegan Outreach out in the streets every two weeks educating the public about factory farming and veganism. Even if I was out there everyday I'd be lucky if meat consumption goes down to 3/4 of what it is now by the time I die (I'm 46). At that rate we most certainly do not have to worry about what will happen to the billions of animals in farms, they will simply breed less as demand slowly goes down (this is what is happening very slowly right now). Which is what you conclude in the second paragraph of your comment. The second paragraph is hopefully our glorious transition to the end of animal/planet/human exploitation.

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