Eating (Read All Before Commenting)

This will take a bit of time to digest.

There seems to be this ongoing tiff between SOME (not all) people who eat meat (along with other foods) and SOME (not all) people who prefer to stick to their veggies & fruits. I’ve tried ignoring this infighting and have even avoided the subject for a while because it seems to stir up a heaping helping of tension. But after much thinking on this, it felt like the time this needed to be said.

I don’t understand why there is tension in this realm because there are many other much more important things to focus on. Also, for those more stubborn folks who insist on making this an issue, grow up.

Why is this an issue? Seriously, why? This kind of debate is a distraction and division tool.

The REAL impetus of this issue is what we’re putting in our bodies in terms of factory farming vs. cage free, GMO foods /food additives vs. organic, halal & kosher vs. not that and the wasting of food in general. In other words, the issue is how these foods are made and handled. The meat vs. veggies debate is a slippery slope that used to bait people into various reactions.

I totally understand it’s exciting to share this or that kind of information. It’s awesome that some of you want to inform others, but that’s all you can do; inform people. You can’t make up their mind for them.

Here’s the thing, whatever statistics you look up, in the majority of countries, not even a quarter of the population is vegetarian (or vegan), and I think most people who identify themselves as such realize that this isn’t “in the norm” so there’s already (for some reason) a bit of a stigma, though I see this not being an issue as years progress. So for all the meat eaters out there, there’s no need to make it harder for them.

Now, on the flip side, to all my vegetarian friends who like to post things on social media about why eating veggies and fruit is so much better, you don’t have to prove anything. You’re already committing to eating in a way that works for you, that’s proof enough.

Also, to all my vegetarian/vegan friends, it’s totally ok that eating meat doesn’t make you “feel good” for various reasons. Be it because you don’t want to support the meat industry and many of their screwed up practices or you because you can’t eat another living being. BUT, I really hope you understand that plants are living beings too.

And I can’t stress this enough, but if you’re judging someone because of what they’re eating… grow up.

Again, I know this isn’t everyone who creates these controversies.

Remember, the issue isn’t the food itself, but how it’s produced.

Happy Thanksgiving to all those in the States.

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