Meat meat meat. Discuss.

Whether you like your steaks or stick to the veggies, meat consumption is a big issue. Does knowing more affect how you think about it? What's the best way to learn and make decisions about issues like these?

JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

I bet the "paleo diet" is actually pretty good for you—moderate amounts of wild meat, lots of nuts, berries, and root vegetables.

I wonder how that scales up to 7 billion people (or, in a few decades, 9 billion people). I'm not trying to imply that it's necessarily impractical on a global scale, but I wonder how it would work with that many people, so many of whom live in areas where "nuts and berries" aren't available all year.

posted on Mon, 05/02/2011 - 11:11am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

We need meat. Don't even question the fact that we may be hurting the animals by eating them. They are on this earth for our enjoyment. Which means they belongon my plate

posted on Wed, 05/04/2011 - 1:38pm
JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

Ok. But even as a meat-eater myself, I'd point out a couple things: lots of people don't eat meat, and they get along just fine, so whether or not we "need" meat is perhaps debatable. Also, some folks might take issue with the idea that other animals are on Earth simply for us, and that our enjoyment outweighs their suffering in importance.

But if we accept for the time being that a) we need meat and; b) screw the animals, there is still something to consider:

What if eating animals begins to interfere with our enjoyment of life on the Earth? The way we raise meat now requires lots of land and food (i.e., animal feed). What if enough people around the planet want to eat meat that it becomes super expensive? What if that also means that other non-meat foods are really expensive, if they're available at all? What if raising that many animals speeds climate change? These are all plausible consequences of increased meat consumption (and meat consumption is increasing).

Does that change you opinion at all? Should everyone be able to eat as much meat as they want? Or are animals on this earth for the enjoyment of only some of us?

posted on Mon, 05/09/2011 - 10:49am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

meat is a wonderful food! and it is a neccesity for human health....i think if we eat it in the right proportions everythings gonna be fine!

posted on Mon, 05/09/2011 - 1:59pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

it's not technically essential...cuz u can get protein from other things like lentils. actually, american's probably eat too much of it..

posted on Sun, 05/22/2011 - 1:02pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

MEAT IS SORT OF GOOD FOR YOU DIPENDS WHAT IS IN IT AND WHAT KIND OF MEAT

posted on Thu, 12/22/2011 - 1:45pm
AEnke's picture
AEnke says:

First off, global warming is climate change and it is very real. Open your eyes to that. Secondly, animals have been eating other animals for millions of years, why should it be any different if we raise them or not? If we didn't, they would expand and there would be ultimately less land to do anything with because of wild meat!

posted on Thu, 05/12/2011 - 1:41pm
Cathy's picture
Cathy says:

I can eat vegetarian meals, but sometime's there is nothing like a nice steak on the grill!

posted on Sat, 05/14/2011 - 12:19pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Sometimes we can eat meat but not always

posted on Sat, 05/21/2011 - 11:22am
MD MPH's picture
MD MPH says:

Meat production is inefficient, cruel, and contributes to much chronic disease.

posted on Sat, 05/21/2011 - 7:33pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I LOVE MEAT

posted on Mon, 05/23/2011 - 9:09am
Stacey Edwards's picture
Stacey Edwards says:

I prefer not to eat meat, but if I do I like to eat grass fed meat.

posted on Fri, 05/27/2011 - 10:30am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I'm tired of other agendas being forced down my throat and told to be more tolerant - yet the last thing anyone else will be is tolerant of my position.

God gave us everything we need to survive that includes the cows.

God bless America.

posted on Sun, 05/29/2011 - 12:00pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

`i agree with you! God gave us the sea also and there are yummy things in it to eat. Vegetable and fruits should be consumed in bigger quantities and cut down on those big meat portions. Obesity is a huge problem in the USA and too big meat portions are calories.

posted on Fri, 07/08/2011 - 12:41pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Yes, eating too much meat is a problem in the US. however, it tastes much better to me than any combination of veggies to me. That or my parents didnt make me eat enough veggies...

posted on Sat, 06/04/2011 - 3:37pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

While this survey did seem to skew rather alarmist, eating locally sourced meat and eating less meat is a much more sustaniable solution in the long term than either the status quo or taking on the impossible challenge of forcing those around the world to give up their indigenous foods that involve meat, etc.

posted on Sun, 06/12/2011 - 2:31pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Sorry, i just cant live without steak. most of my favorite foods have meat in them. I love meat!!!

posted on Thu, 06/16/2011 - 6:52pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i agree with youuuuu!!!! good for you and i hope your veiws on things is to save as much farm land as possible!!!

posted on Wed, 06/22/2011 - 3:50pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I think think this was informative and will help people eat more veggies. I do agree that it was a weird survey, but it also scared me at what happens. Peace OUT!!!

posted on Fri, 06/17/2011 - 9:47am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

well for one, I LOVE MEATTTTT!! and this thing is very dumb for telling us to waste beautiful farm land on city. save the land and love america

posted on Wed, 06/22/2011 - 3:55pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Animal protiens are the most complete. But vegatable protiens with proper supplements are also nutritious. The secret is variety.
Personally,I would consider myself a carnivore. I love meat. I also eat almost all vegatables and fruit( ecept bananas and lima beans).

posted on Tue, 06/28/2011 - 11:44am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I really could care less about meat, i could live without it. The questions really irritated me!

posted on Tue, 06/28/2011 - 2:54pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Eating meat can be un-healthy if you buy it form the wrong places where they add things to their meat that can make yousick and very un-healthy

posted on Fri, 07/01/2011 - 1:04pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I do love meat, but eat beef and pork rarely. we tend to eat more wild game: venison, fresh fish, pheasant. We raise our own fresh chickens and have a garden so tend to be somewhat self-sustaining. Gotta love a great slab of beef from time to time!

posted on Fri, 07/01/2011 - 9:12pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

meat should be eaten in moderation. also for the fat problem there is something called a knife.

posted on Mon, 07/04/2011 - 1:40pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

other than taste, meat has no real nutritional value other than it has all the essiential amino acids in the same serving. (which can technically be derived from eating a variety of vegetables).

i love beef, but it is hardly necessary or heathly.

posted on Tue, 07/05/2011 - 12:46pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

SOME MEATIS BAD

posted on Tue, 07/05/2011 - 12:56pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Very interesting! I never realized how inefficent meat consumption is. Thank You!

posted on Tue, 07/05/2011 - 1:23pm
yellow face's picture
yellow face says:

I like meat alot, but i think i have the write balance of meat and other foods.

posted on Wed, 07/06/2011 - 12:30pm
red  face's picture
red face says:

I totally agree

posted on Thu, 07/07/2011 - 11:15am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

This survey left some things to be desired-- it had an option for not eating meat, but it was a very aggressiveanswer. I don't eatmeat, but it'sfor a personal reason, not for an ideological reason.
This did give me som wonderful food for thought, though.

posted on Sun, 07/10/2011 - 2:07pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

More people need to know how many resources can be saved by reducing meat consumption. Making people feel guilty and using extreme and insulting comments to make a point just alienates people from opening their minds to new ideas. Barring disaster, gradual change is the only way to make permanent change.

posted on Mon, 07/11/2011 - 9:37am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

meat taste good

posted on Mon, 07/11/2011 - 10:10am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I agree i eat meat all the time!!!! it does taste good

posted on Sun, 07/31/2011 - 2:43pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

it gave me something to think about and was informative. BD

posted on Mon, 07/11/2011 - 11:56am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

meat tastes good, but i think eating an innocent animal is kind of gross.

posted on Wed, 07/13/2011 - 4:34pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I think this is something very important to think about. People should take the time to do this and see the reasults its suprising to see that so many people have found this intresting.

posted on Thu, 07/14/2011 - 1:53pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i dont care if meat destroys the world. me = meat :)

posted on Sat, 07/16/2011 - 12:20pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I cant live without meat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on Sun, 07/17/2011 - 2:59pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

meat is neat

posted on Sun, 07/17/2011 - 4:22pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Meat is awesome! And filling, and tasty!!!

GO MEAT EATERS!!!

posted on Tue, 07/19/2011 - 1:56pm
aaperson's picture
aaperson says:

Meat is good and tastes good

posted on Tue, 07/19/2011 - 2:03pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I love meat it is a good source of protein and makes you strong. it also has a wonderful taste expescially with difrrent spices and ingredients.

Thanks, Anonymous T

posted on Tue, 07/19/2011 - 3:45pm
I HAVE A NAME's picture
I HAVE A NAME says:

we shoud eat meat all the time. nothing else then meat an nd vegetariens should change there ways and eat Meat.

posted on Wed, 07/20/2011 - 3:27pm
KelsiDayle's picture
KelsiDayle says:

I like meat. I also want to make environmentally- and socially-responsible choices.

I know that meat-eating is less environmentally- and socially-responsible than being a vegetarian, but I'd rather not give up meat completely. (As I've mentioned before, I LOVE me some grilled cheeseburgers!)

What's a girl to do?

In response to the realization that

"industrialized societies are not about to go veg any time soon"

the Environmental Working Group published the "Meat Eaters Guide to Climate Change + Health."

This super-easy to digest (pun intended!) website offers a

"a nifty set of infographics and guidelines for health- and climate-conscious carnivores.

It's almost like they know me!

posted on Thu, 07/21/2011 - 3:06pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I agree with this.... it is unsafe to eat unheathy food. So, start eatting healthier!!!!!!! :)

posted on Sun, 07/31/2011 - 2:42pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i love meat so dont mess with me

posted on Sat, 10/15/2011 - 3:44pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

This was a very odd survey. But it did show me a lot more about meat and how it affects the planet. I think that this survey should possibly be shown in schools and around the science museum more. It's so educational and so interresting for everyone. I loved it!!!! Even though it was very odd........ :)

posted on Tue, 08/02/2011 - 10:14am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

It isn't so much meat as the way our food system works. There are plenty of documentaries and books that discuss meat production and how it is bad for the environment. There is also the concern of eating veggies that have been shipped half way across the country if not from another continent, that also goes against being environmentally conscious. Look into the locavore movement and try to eat as many locally grown/produced foods.

posted on Wed, 08/03/2011 - 11:12am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Thanx, it gives me something to think about

posted on Wed, 08/03/2011 - 2:33pm

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