I was born and raised in beef country. I definitely do not like the conditions and treatment of animals at confinement yards and within the packing industry.
That is why I try to use as much wild game as possible, because those animals live wild and healthy lives right up to the unsuspecting moment I end their worthy lives.
Yes I feel bad about it.
#1 the killing of the animal
#2 the environment may not be able to support the billions of animals we are consuming
That said, out of 90 meals per month, I may eat meat in 10-15 of them. Usually when I'm eating out,(Not a lot of choices) or at home when I have my kids.
When I am alone, cooking for one, maybe once per month. Usually salmon, or leftovers from the kids'. I never throw food away
Nope. Like all humans I am an omnivore. My front teeth are for shredding meat and my molars are for grinding vegetables. An all molar animal is a herbivore -- cows, horses... All canine animals are carnivores -- dogs, cats... We (Earth's civilization) has the luxury of allowing people to choose what foods they eat. Imagine if civilization fell, we would quickly start eating more vegetables and less meat, but we would be hunters and gatherers.
If you added a visit to an abbatoir to teenagers' education you would dramatically cut meat consumption ... works on adults too, but a lower response rate.
I eat very little meat from commercial growers .. too many antibiotics and hormones pumped into the animals ... but I have no problem with home reared, cared for animals that live a happy life and are humanely killed
On one hand this is a question steeped in ignorance and myth. Human digestive systems evolved early in our evolution to be omnivorous, which incldes eating meat.
When humans learned to use fire, the process broke down the meat fiber so as to be digestible by humans. The human species evolution was accelerated by this discovery and evolution.
Now for the other side. When humans were not so populace, hunting provided food (not trophies), kept game populations down so that weak gene's were kept to a minimum in the gene pool.
BUT, today, in order to feed a our overpopulated species the cost to the environment is unjustifiable.
The resources needed to raise cattle for the human species is destroying the planet. Clear cutting in the Amazon, erosion of overgrazed land, and carbon releasing are just a few of the problems incurred by livestock husbandry. The cost of bringing a lb of beef to market is more than the benefit of the protein benefit we derived from it. Not to speak of the inhumane cruelty of the livestock industry, stockyards, and livestock processing industries (all livestock animals).
I eat meat, I enjoy eating meat, and I am not ignorant of the nature of the industry. I grew up in the west in cow country and have seen the industry firsthand. But, my worry and concern is the relationship between needed resources vs. available resources to an ever burgeoning human population.
I find it sort of strange that the living are alive because they consume the dead. Sounds ghoulish. When I was a kid I asked my parents at dinner (no less) why they named only one kind of meat after an animal...Chicken...so did that mean I was eating a chicken?
Well they woke me the fk up. I said there are no hamburger animals, no steak, no pork chop, no bacon, no beef, no meatball animals the only one was chicken. Come to find out all we ate were dead animals.
Our German shepherd learned to sit under my chair where I brushed the meat off onto the floor. We became great buddies. I would be a vegetarian if I could figure out a tasty way to get protein without beans or tofu. It's too hard, I pretty much limit myself. I don't mind fish so much so I eat more of that than other meats.
I have not eaten meat diary or eggs for the past 15 years and feel greater than ever. People (especially religious) people don't feel bad, but I do because they are me. The only difference is that I have a little extra brain (~1LB of fat extra in my brain). They did not choose to be born in torture factories, and I didn't choose to be born who I am. I think, chance are extremely high that after I die, I be reborn as one or many of them. What goes around, will come around. All these people that think they are tough ignoring torture of the powerless, mute and defenseless (kids), may I hope an pray face justice (Edison: This world is Infinite intelligence). That would be sweet, to see these animal torturers burn in hell.