Vegetarianism for lent?


What to give up for lent? Of course it isn’t a necessity, but the opportunity to supposedly better your life by giving up some kind of delicious item seems more tempting every year. As per usual, most people are ditching Coca cola, chocolate, crisps and cheese. A friend of mine said her vegetarianism began upon abandoning meat on Shrove Tuesday 8 years ago.

Giuseppe Arcimboldo [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Giuseppe Arcimboldo [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Why vegetarian you ask? Well vegetariantimes.com throws a list of obvious reasons such as weight loss, general health, and animal cruelty, as well as a whole lot of life-changing suggestions including increased longevity, easing menopause, and reducing world famine.
For students, saving money is the obvious one, although most of us splash out on a pack of Londis bacon no matter how short we are of cash.

Vegetarianism can be found all over the news, from Twitter news that Ozzy Osbourne and Russell Brand have turned vegan, to PETA’s obscene advertisements (including one with Pamela Anderson, later banned as ‘sexist’).

Intensive farming for vegetable crops to feed the livestock that would eventually feed our omnivorous cravings poses a whole range of debates surrounding GM efficiency, habitat destruction, and other ethical issues. The environmental destructiveness of the carnivorous lifestyle states that meat production is responsible for 80% of agricultural gas emissions. Those ‘environmental’ vegetarians who are eating fish and seafood appear to have mistaken power of the world’s fishery industries, and how the intense destruction of sea life populations is an internationally renown problem. In Japan they do it for fun. But in a developing world and a population now breaching 7 billion, is it inevitable that demand will exceed supply to unsustainable ends, and vegetarianism the answer?

Most people assume humans are omnivores… but further medical investigation requires evolutionary study to attribute the human biology to adaptations for meat consumption. ‘Facts of Vegetarianism’ by the American Vegan Society has 31 pages of reasons as to why we apparently are naturally vegetarian, including lack of: carnivorous teeth (not complaining), violent stomach acid to digest fur and bones (also not complaining), and urge to kill and rip apart a wild animal (?). Rabbits (herbivores) are actually known to eat their poo twice over in order to digest all the potential nutrients that missed due to their speedy metabolism.

With environmentalism on the rise, vegetarianism seems the next easy step. Next update in 40 days…

Advertisements