I’ve always struggled with vegetarianism.
In college I tried to stop eating meat, several times. As an environmental science undergrad, the more I learned about food systems, the more I felt compelled to convert. I had a burning desire to succeed, almost as if my morality depended on it, but I never found the resolve.
So I tried, failed, tried again, failed again, etc.
Over time, I’ve come across three main arguments for renouncing animal protein:
- Humans were meant to be herbivores
- Eating other living things is ethically deplorable
- Factory farms are terrible
I’m not an anthropologist, but I simply don’t buy the herbivore argument. I seriously struggle with the carnivore sin idea. I love animals, I’ve raised them, and I’ve slaughtered them – maybe some people think it’s insensitive, but I still (very much) like to eat them. The factory farm angle I can get behind 100%… but on just that foundation, it’s very, very difficult to refuse a juicy, grass-fed burger and fatty, free-range bacon.
No argument has successfully managed to turn me off the omnivore path, despite my noble aspirations – until now (sort of).