[bubblecast id=298690 thumbnail=475x375 player=475x375]As a recovered vegetarian/vegan, I can surely comment on this subject with voracity and validity. I avoided meat and all animal products for years before I had my first child. The results of that misconception were apparent when my daughter was born with eczema, teeth that rotted out of her mouth as they erupted, severe colic and allergies.
I followed this diet because I thought I was doing the right thing. No. I felt I was doing the right thing. It became as much a spiritual following as a dietary ritual. I still feel for the animals….of feedlots, and this is where my misguided info left a gapping hole.
The severe injustice comes from factory farming. Pastured animals, although still slaughtered for our consumption, live much fuller, normal lives. This tradition of eating animals has been around as long as humans have. It kept humans healthy and optimally developed. It can not be dismissed. it simply can not.
Even while I spoke out against eating animals,visions of Native Americans danced around my head. They seemed to live this way, eating animals, and yet how can we demonize them? Even my most religiously vocal vegan friend was left scratching her head about this key point.
I am reminded continuously by certain family/friends of my “anti-meat days”. I suppose they think that this traditional food diet is just another foray into one of my food adventures or some new life change. However, I always felt nagging doubts about not eating meat. Too many things about it didn’t jive. We are animals, and animals eat other animals to survive. Early humans knew this, but today’s human thinks that we should be spiritually beyond this fact and strives to skirt the truth.
Lierre Keith, the very outspoken author of “The Vegetarian Myth”, was a former vegan, like myself. Her book (which I will be reading soon) puts all the “truths” about being a vegetarian to rest. Her health was heavily affected by the lack of nutrients in a vegan diet. She addresses the issues of agriculture being the answer to our planet future health, as well as our own. She shows the history of humans on our planet and the eventual swing into agriculture, and the fall of our health (a side note: there were some cultures that stayed optimally healthy eating vegetable, grains, dairy and meat due to staying true to traditional dietary principles).
The video shown here is full of great information from Ms. Keith. I hope you get as much from it as I did. I especially liked her comments about overpopulation and how it relates to feminist issues. Do you agree with her? I’d love to know.