Give Thanks for (ethical) Meat

I was a vegetarian for almost 15 years (1986 through 2000).  I thought it was a great idea for all of the reasons that people usually cite.  Eventually though, I just didn’t feel well.  I began to lack energy, didn’t recover well after workouts, became less and less able to add lean muscle, etc.

One night, as an experiment, I ate a piece of fish at a restaurant.  It tasted good and I might have enjoyed it, except that I felt like some kind of traitor.  I half-way expected to get violently ill.  The next morning I woke up feeling as if I had eaten a glowing chunk of the golden Sun.  Problem solved.

I know there are elite athletes are who are vegans and vegetarians, so it must be possible to get adequate nutrition without taking in meat.  For some reason I just couldn’t.  Either I’m not smart or careful enough and/or I didn’t read the right books, or I’m some kind of freak who just needs meat (or thinks he does).  I don’t know.

But if you are like me, and you make an effort to be a responsible meat eater, here’s an article for your edification and enjoyment on the ethics — and sustainability — of eating meat:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/06/magazine/the-ethicist-contest-winner-give-thanks-for-meat.html?_r=0

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