The Myth of Meat

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With America eating more meat than ever and growing sicker than ever, the dangers of a meat-heavy diet must be examined. We may now consider meat an essential part of the human diet, but in previous eras it was nothing more than a luxury. In addition, the present state of factory-farmed animals can lead to nothing but outrageously unhealthful meat. Many omnivores wonder how vegetarians survive on the nonstandard diet. Many vegetarians wonder how omnivores do survive. A meat-based diet is, all-around, hazardous. A vegetarian (or mostly vegetarian) diet seems best to promote health and well-being. It is debated the length of time in which humans have consumed meat. Some archaeologists, based on excavations of fire-pits on the British Isles, suggest that at the very least Britons have been eating meat for the length of their occupation. However, it is unknown how much meat was consumed. Indeed, at least as relates to the Britons, we have little absolute knowledge of their civilization prior to the eleventh century. Many of the records we do have of human food consumption come from the records of banquets given by aristocrats, particularly the extravagant Romans. These records, of course, include many different meat dishes. The fact is, the records we have do not catalogue what most people ate or even what aristocrats ate on a regular basis (Fiddes 1992). At least on the British Isles, people mostly consumed dairy, legumes (especially peas), cereal grains, perhaps fish, and meat on very special occasions. This may be extrapolated to suggest that many societies subsisted on mostly vegetarian diets for most of history (Pullar 2001). At the very least, it may be suggested that humanity, for most of its existence, has sought out whate... ... middle of paper ... ...ang, S., & Campbell, T. C. (1983, May & june). Diet and Disease. Food Monitor, 24. Lappe?, F. M. (1991). Diet for a small planet (4th ed.). New York: Ballantine Books. Mason, J., & Singer, P. (1980). Animal Factories. Crown. McDougall, J. A. (1985). McDougall's Medicine: a challenging second opinion. Clinton, NJ: New Win. Nissenbaum, S. (1980). Sex, diet, and debility in Jacksonian America. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. Pullar, P. (2001). Consuming passions: A history of English food and appetite. Westminster: Penguin Books. Robbins, J. (1998). Diet for a new America. Tiburon, Calif.: H J Kramer. Shurter, D., & Walter, E. (1970, Oct. & nov.). The Meat You Eat. The Plain Truth. Strom, A., & Jensen, R. A. (1951). Mortality from circulatory diseases in Norway, 1940-1945. Lancet, (260), 126-129. Watson, E. L. (1967). Animals in splendor. Horizon Press.

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