I would like people to understand that when they are eating a beef burger with bacon and extra cheese in front of me that I am NOT suffering from some kind of hopelessly incurable taste deprivation nor am I wishing for relief and mercy from the insatiable passion of my poor salivating taste buds. I just want everyone that I break bread with to know that I don’t eat meat or dairy because I don’t like it! That’s why I didn’t order what you did. Understand?
Believe me, I don’t like MEAT and I don’t like CHEESE or ICE CREAM (unless it’s coconut) or BUTTER. It’s true, yet the reason you probably don’t believe me is because when a person says they like or dislike a food product it seems entirely associated with the taste buds on their tongue. And you’ve probably never met someone who doesn’t like the taste of a big juicy angus burger with aged cheddar cheese and crispy bacon. I know I haven’t. But why does whether or not you find a food to be a favorite or a gross-yucky, have EVERYTHING to do with the 5 seconds it gets mixed with spit in your pie hole? When you say you like pepperoni pizza with extra cheese, what you really mean to say is that you like the way it tastes. Am I right? Yes, exactly and I’d like to challenge that.
So please, let me just show you the pros and cons in regards to MY fondness for dairy. Here are some cons that I have identified; some reasons I don’t like it:
#1 I don’t like that prostate, breast, and ovarian cancers have been linked to dairy consumption. And according to The China Study, there’s an unfortunate link between casein (the main protein in milk) and cancer. Dr. T. Colin Campbell, professor emeritus of nutritional biochemistry at Cornell University, says casein is one of the most significant cancer promoters EVER discovered.
#2 I don’t like that the cow that produced the milk to make that cheese was likely genetically manipulated, artificially inseminated, drugged and forced to produce about four and a half times as much milk as they naturally would to feed their calves.
#3 I don’t like that dairy products pack a wallop of cholesterol and saturated fat to one’s diet. A low-fat plant-based diet has been shown not only to prevent heart disease, but also reverse it. And, before you think low-fat dairy is okay, it has been linked not only to increases in allergies, but also type 1 (childhood-onset) diabetes.
#4 I don’t like that by the time dairy cows are killed, 40 percent of them are lame because of the intensive confinement, the filth, and the strain of being almost constantly pregnant and giving milk.
#5 I don’t like that the Harvard School of Public Health recently released a new food guide (actually I do like this) that stated unequivocally that dairy is NOT the best option for obtaining the calcium that our bodies need, and really calcium was the only thing dairy had going for it. And there are plenty of healthier options to obtain the vital nutrient. Collard greens and bok choy both have high levels of calcium, as well as a world of other nutrients packed densely within their green leaves.
#6 I don’t like that male calves— “by-products” of the dairy industry—are generally taken from their mothers when they are less than 1 day old. Many are shipped off to barren, filthy feedlots to await slaughter. Others are kept in dark, tiny crates where they are kept almost completely immobilized so that their flesh stays tender.
#7 I don’t like that countries with the highest rate of dairy consumption, including the United States, New Zealand, Britain, and Sweden, also have the highest rates of osteoporosis. Although their citizens consume massive amounts of dietary calcium, the excessive protein in that milk, cheese, steak, fish, and eggs always trumps this important mineral, leaving them with a net deficit.
And to be fair, here are some pros; some reasons that I like dairy products like cheese:
#1 I like the way that it tastes. Thaaaaat’s about it.
Way to go dairy! It tastes good! Okay so I’m not trying to be sassy or anything. It’s all about my personal preference here and I think it’s safe to say that I don’t like dairy! So now, on to meat! Do I like chicken, beef, pork, fish? Let’s see!
Some things that meat does NOT have going for it; in other words, some things I DON’T like about meat:
#1 I don’t like that antibiotics are routinely given to livestock on factory farms to make them gain weight with less feed and keep them from getting sick in confinement conditions. But the daily dosing, at the same time it lowers feed needs, lowers drug effectiveness and produces antibiotic resistant bacteria or super bugs that can be deadly to people.
#2 I don’t like that chickens are the most abused animals on the planet. Chickens raised for their flesh are packed by the thousands into massive sheds. They are fed large amounts of antibiotics and drugs to keep them alive in conditions that would otherwise kill them. The antibiotics make chickens grow so large, so fast that they often become crippled under their own weight.
#3 I don’t like that a USDA study found that more than 99 percent of broiler chicken carcasses sold in stores had detectable levels of E. coli, indicating fecal contamination. Nothing tasty about that.
#4 I don’t like that according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, slaughterhouse workers are more than three times more likely to suffer injuries while working than workers in other manufacturing jobs, and they suffer a rate of repetitive stress injury that is 35 times higher than that in other manufacturing jobs.
#5 I don’t like that the production of beef and other animal protein consumes huge amounts of natural resources such as water, fossil fuels and topsoil, while polluting our water and air. In fact, switching to a plant-based diet from a meat-eating diet is the single most important move I can make to help the environment, much more effective than turning off the water when I brush my teeth or recycling and reusing.
#6 I don’t like that fishing is threatening the population of whales, dolphins and porpoises, and over-fishing has left species such as tuna, plaice, monkfish and cod in danger. Fishing also affects seals, birds, turtles, mink and otters, as well as coral reefs and aquatic plants. The world demand for fish continues to rise and the impact is worsening.
#7 I don’t like that recent laboratory tests found so much mercury in tuna sushi from 20 Manhattan stores and restaurants that at most of them, a regular diet of six pieces a week would exceed the levels considered acceptable by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Okay and the pros of eating meat; some reasons that I do like meat:
#1 I like the way it tastes. That’s pretty much it.
I believe that with the evidence here I have proven that I do not like meat or dairy. So no, I am not secretly lusting over the environment crushing, antibiotic laden, pain and suffering causing dish you just ordered. No, not at all. You see, because I like the plant-based dish that I just ordered (of my own free will) just a tiny bit more than what you ordered. It’s all just a matter of personal taste!