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?

Ley's picture
Ley says:

I do like meat, but only white meat. I eat meat on occasion. When I eat out at Mickey D's I'll have some nuggets or at home some fish sticks. I only have meat like once or twice a week though, some I'm mostly a vegertarian. I eat carrots, eggs, peanut butter, cottage cheese, milk, cheese and lots of other things that have protein and carbohyrdatyes that you cn get from milk. And look at how much skinner I am then those burger eating people!

posted on Thu, 01/19/2012 - 3:22pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

eggs are meat!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on Fri, 01/27/2012 - 3:50pm
the hippie nextdoor's picture
the hippie nextdoor says:

I'm a vegatairian.No meat for me!!!

posted on Sat, 01/21/2012 - 11:19am
weird's picture
weird says:

i'm a vegetairian to i don't like nuts so i have to find protien in some other way

posted on Sat, 01/28/2012 - 5:47pm
Meat Man's picture
Meat Man says:

I am a card carrying member of PETA. That is People Eating Tasty Animals.

posted on Sat, 01/21/2012 - 4:33pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Why does no one posting on the science museum forums know anything about science? No, we don't NEED meat, but it is a natural thing for humans to eat. And as long as you eat correct portion sizes, there is nothing wrong with eating meat. But having it be pretty much the only thing you eat is just as bad as never eating it, and maybe worse, depending the individual vegetarian in question's diet.

posted on Sat, 01/21/2012 - 7:36pm
Paulnonymous's picture
Paulnonymous says:

With regard to "no one postings [here] knowing anything about science":

I have a Ph.D. in science, but that doesn't stop me from posting inane comments here. Like I did above. About meat being YUMMY!

posted on Sun, 01/29/2012 - 5:32pm
Aldude   's picture
Aldude says:

Meat can be bad or good for you sometimes! You just need to limit yourself.

posted on Mon, 01/23/2012 - 4:24pm
Dan H's picture
Dan H says:

Meat is good for you and so are vegies!!
God created them all and has given man dominion over the beasts of the air land and sea to eat the clean.

posted on Wed, 01/25/2012 - 2:16pm
meat lover's picture
meat lover says:

meat tastes good but steak is nasty. GO HOTDOGS AND HAMBURGERS!!!!!!!!

posted on Fri, 01/27/2012 - 12:17pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

ok ok your right but tis still sad

-syd(animal lover)

posted on Fri, 01/27/2012 - 1:00pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i love bacon!

posted on Fri, 01/27/2012 - 1:05pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Meat encourages global warming. No more meat for a while.

posted on Sat, 01/28/2012 - 4:15pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

plz eliborite more.

posted on Thu, 03/15/2012 - 7:12pm
Baconlovinanimallover's picture
Baconlovinanimallover says:

"I did not climb to the top of the food chain to eat carrots." -Ron White

posted on Thu, 03/15/2012 - 7:19pm
Paulnonymous's picture
Paulnonymous says:

With regard to the above posts: dr; tl

If those plants were smarter, they would have evolved themselves to be as tasty as meat. I would be happy to eat much more plant, and less meat, except: meat so YUMMY!!!

posted on Sun, 01/29/2012 - 5:30pm
Invader Zim's picture
Invader Zim says:

If plants had evolved to be tastier then most likely we, Humans would be the servants of extremely TASTY, extremely intelligant plants... Chew on that.

posted on Sat, 02/18/2012 - 11:57am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:


posted on Mon, 01/30/2012 - 11:23am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

meat is what we need to live it is hard on the animals but how else do we use that left over meat?

posted on Tue, 01/31/2012 - 5:28pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Bacon is awesome!

posted on Wed, 02/01/2012 - 5:11pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I hate meat

posted on Sun, 02/05/2012 - 1:34pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:


posted on Sun, 02/05/2012 - 1:53pm
JayDub's picture
JayDub says:

I find it disturbing that the second-highest response to the question about meat production producing "nearly as much greenhouse gas as all the cars, trucks, and planes in the world" was "Global warming is fake...." I hope people are just joking, and I would like to think that those following a Science Museum web site wouldn't be among those who place their politics over scientific evidence. The empirical data shows that the earth has been warming over the past several decades. There might still be some debate about how much of that is natural climatic cycles and how much is human-influenced, but we do know which gasses trap in planetary heat (read about the CO2 concentration in Venus' atmosphere and its temperature lately?), and we do know that they are large components of the exhaust of these machines....

posted on Tue, 02/07/2012 - 1:44pm
JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

Yeah, it could be that I shouldn't have included that option in the poll—while linked, those are two different issues, and it's also a little tricky to quantify greenhouse gas from meat production alone (that is, to separate it from overall agricultural greenhouse gases, although I think that's a decent estimate). And "fake" may have been a little hyperbolic for all but the most skeptical views.

But it's interesting to see what people think, and how those issues can become linked. Folks feel strongly about both, and I wondered it there was a correlation, or if feelings about one affected feelings about the other when challenged.

posted on Tue, 02/07/2012 - 2:38pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I think it's this museum's job to present the unbiased truth and these questions put non-vegetarians in a negative light

posted on Fri, 02/10/2012 - 7:26pm
JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

"Unbiased truth" is a tricky thing with an issue like this one. The repercussions of eating meat mentioned in the questions may be seen as coming at the topic from a certain angle, but they are true.

In any case, I wrote the questions, and I'm not a vegetarian, and I'm far to vain to put myself in a negative light. So there.

posted on Mon, 02/13/2012 - 11:29am
rugrat's picture
rugrat says:

yes i agree completly just because we eat meat does not make bad.

posted on Fri, 04/20/2012 - 4:57pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

We get meat from domesticated sources such as beef, pork, lamb and poultry. and from wild/domesticated sources such as venison, fish, and sea life.

What I find ineresting is some would eat eggs (which may or may not be meat) and dairy products. Now although the dairy products themselves may not be meat, they still come from animals that still must be raised and fed, even if we never eat or use the meat from them. Not that we eat dairy cows. My understanding is that they usually end up in pet food and leather products.

Which is another point that hasn't been brought up. When we raise animals we do it for a lot more than just the meat and human consumption. I have yet to see one report saying our dogs and cats would benefit from a vegan diet. And all our clothing and sporting equipment could be made from from plant fibers and man made materials, but would that really be any more environmentally friendly? How many acres of plants would you need to make a plant based glove or garment that has the same qualities of a leather one? Or how much polution it would take to create the same of man made materials?

posted on Sun, 02/12/2012 - 4:19pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I don't think the questions are developed well for an acurate polling. You are forced in answer a strong yes, a strong no, or I don't care. Many people are middle of the road on their meat consumption, with modern media we are aware of the health issues surrounding meat, as well as the impact to feed crops. But, to imply that the the world is going to starve if we continue to product meat, is ridiculous. This survey is prebiased to produce and result that supports reduction of the feed crops going to animals for the meat production.

posted on Thu, 02/16/2012 - 1:46pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

MEAT LOVERS UNITE WITH ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on Sat, 02/18/2012 - 6:59pm
Anonymous!'s picture
Anonymous! says:

Don't exactly 'love meat' but I definitely like it enough to unite with meat-lovers. :)

posted on Wed, 05/23/2012 - 2:23pm
Aurorah's picture
Aurorah says:

I agree that meat consumption is a problem and that to raise them cost more then to butcher and sell it butwithout meat were would we be? Taking protien pills to keep our body growing normally? We need protien to live out DNA is made up of protien... our generation is getting shorter and shorter.... i wonder why....

posted on Sun, 02/19/2012 - 11:21am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Extremely biased questions and answers. children should be allowed to think for themselves,and not be aimed at answers by the 'green' movement.

posted on Sun, 03/04/2012 - 4:45pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i eat meat and its healthy for you in plenty of way i will never stop eating meat i like veggies too its all good for the body dat how we grow so fast yadaddadadadadadada mean bo loc

posted on Tue, 03/06/2012 - 3:54pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

This is a forum to try to turn us into vegtable eaters!
Don't you think that plants have feelings too???! Save the Plants!!

posted on Wed, 03/07/2012 - 12:17pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I knew that meat is not good for the planet or our health. Animals are pumped with chemicals and kept in filthy conditions. Not to mention we use a lot of land to grow animals while many are starving. We can get protein, iron, etc... from other sources minus the cholesterol and saturated fat disgusting!!!!!

posted on Thu, 03/08/2012 - 7:17pm
Typical American's picture
Typical American says:

Wow! I didn't realize we were using so much farm land to fee animals. Maybe our society should loook at lowering the production of food for aminals and have minimal meet in our food industry. The issue is really difficult though. It is similar to the prohabition movement in 1920's. They ended alcohol consumption and what happened? People drank even more! If we made laws against eating meet, people still would. They would find ways to break the law. The issue is definitely here, but i dont think there is any way to stop it.

posted on Fri, 03/09/2012 - 12:32pm
person's picture
person says:

im a erbavor

posted on Fri, 03/09/2012 - 2:35pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:


posted on Sat, 03/10/2012 - 1:40pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i will still eat my dang meat :)

posted on Sat, 03/10/2012 - 5:49pm
A. Meateater's picture
A. Meateater says:

I like to eat meat. I won't be around when the world ends, so let the next generation deal with it.

posted on Sun, 03/11/2012 - 3:08pm
NO NO 's picture
NO NO says:

NOPE NOPE NOPE. Not meat. Never meat. Hey! What the heck was WRRONG with all of you? Not meat for me. Man, meat is so DISGUSTING! By the way, I got kind of annoyed by Anonymous. Blah. Blah. blah. blah. blah. blah etc.

posted on Tue, 03/13/2012 - 11:42am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I am a vegetarian :)

posted on Sat, 03/17/2012 - 1:15pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I think the arguement lies well outside arguement of meat. What about leather shoes and gloves and clothing and sporting equipment. And what about dogs and cats. Even PETA members own (or are partnered with? I don't wish to offend.) pets. Are there vegan dog and cat foods? And doesn't gelatin come from animal bones? Remember, that gets used for much more than just Jell-o or even food. If we didn't eat meat from the animals we raise, would we have excess meat to dispose of? How much of current animal production is actually wasted? Or do we, as I've heard said of pigs, use everything but the oink? I think of this survey as a small beginning to springboard us to even bigger and better questions. How much actuall waste is there in the animal husbandry industry, and are there alternatives that are just as good or better?

posted on Sat, 03/17/2012 - 1:58pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

eat more chickennnnnnn yummy yummy goobly goobly goooooooo!!!!!

posted on Sat, 03/17/2012 - 2:45pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

God create both animals and plants for a reason!Why not eat both of them?

posted on Sat, 03/17/2012 - 3:00pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

The answers to choose from were all a little abrasive. In thrying to teach about a subject I am alarmed that slapping someone in the face is an option. I understand that studies have shown steriods are used in producing larger animals for a food source. And that could cause us to be more aggressive. But do we need to reinforce that with a teaching device???

posted on Wed, 03/21/2012 - 12:33pm
Aryanna's picture
Aryanna says:

it did give me something to think about but i dont think i can chance my ways because i love meat soooooo much but tnx 4 the info.........

posted on Wed, 03/21/2012 - 2:18pm
Wulf's picture
Wulf says:

Meat is an important source of complete proteins, iron, and various other nutrients that are hard to replace with a strictly vegetarian diet. Science also shows that our bodies do need a small amount of saturated fats that come mostly from animals. Unsaturated fats, (mostly from plants), are not nearly so healthy. I do say that we can definitely cut down on our meat consumption, or perhaps account for more of our meats by hunting plentiful animals in the environment, but eliminating meat all together is quite simply not realistic at the present time.

posted on Sun, 03/25/2012 - 4:43pm
Joe T.  's picture
Joe T. says:

I like cats, I just can't eat a whole one by myself.
*Proud member of P.E.T.A. - People for the Eating of Tasty Animals.

posted on Sun, 03/25/2012 - 4:47pm

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