Category Archive 'Vegetarianism'
10 Apr 2020
James Hamblin M.D., who would believe it?, is actually 37 years old. He looks about 16. Despite being a Med School grad, he does not actually practice medicine, but instead writes for The Atlantic and lectures on Public Health at Yale.
Dr. Hamblin, in a 2017 article being freshly redistributed by Pocket, tells us that we should all give up eating beef, replacing it with beans(!) thereby coming close to meeting America’s 2020 greenhouse-gas emission goals, pledged by President Barack Obama in 2009.
[I]f nothing about our energy infrastructure or transportation system changedâ€”and even if people kept eating chicken and pork and eggs and cheeseâ€”this one dietary change could achieve somewhere between 46 and 74 percent of the reductions needed to meet the target.
â€œI think thereâ€™s genuinely a lack of awareness about how much impact this sort of change can have,â€ Harwatt told me. There have been analyses in the past about the environmental impacts of veganism and vegetarianism, but this study is novel for the idea that a personâ€™s dedication to the cause doesnâ€™t have to be complete in order to matter. A relatively small, single-food substitution could be the most powerful change a person makes in terms of their lifetime environmental impactâ€”more so than downsizing oneâ€™s car, or being vigilant about turning off light bulbs, and certainly more than quitting showering.
So, here is this presumptuous elite scribbler with a couple of degrees and an adolescent’s face who is perfectly prepared to tell 330 million of his fellow citizens to hurry up and fall into line, giving up a primary focus of the American diet, a food item appearing on the table in countless forms and recipes, whose cultural role and traditional use extends backward immemorially. The paleolithic paintings at Lascaux include bison and aurochs, the ancestors of today’s Black Angus. And why? in order to comply with a 2009 international agreement proposing self-flagellating energy measures for advanced Western countries with no possible impact on the Asian and other Third World industrial activities producing far more of the emissions suppositiously threatening to provoke the wrath of Gaia.
Really intelligent people question the ability of computer models playing with statistics to predict the earth’s climate, and the same people are also highly skeptical of the whole Anthropogenic CO2 causing warming business, since it is obvious that the world’s climate has been significantly warmer than today during several periods in the past. The Vikings, for instance, settled and farmed in Greenland, then were frozen out. There’s nobody farming in Greenland today. The Romans extensively made wine in Britain. Growing wine grapes in Britain is a very minimal activity today, and not long ago was non-existent.
Anyone numerate would recognize that the Paris Treaty was never anything but a Feel-Good bien pensant gesture. Even if fully implemented, it could never have accomplished its supposed goal.
And, anyone with common sense would realize that trying to tell Americans to give up steak and hamburger, kill off all their cattle, and shut down a several-hundred-billion-dollar-a-year industry as a gesture of solidarity with International Goo-Goo-ism is a complete non-starter.
It is really typical of today’s society that somebody goofy enough to write that piece would be hired to lecture at Yale.
23 Nov 2019
Frans Syders, The Fowl Market, 1618, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
A Cambridge college has removed a 17th century painting from the wall of its dining hall after students complained it was putting them off their food.
Hughes Hall reportedly received complaints from vegetarians students about The Fowl Market, which shows a collection of dead animals hanging from hooks.
The painting, by Flemish artist Frans Snyders, was on long-term loan from the universityâ€™s Fitzwilliam Museum but has now been taken down.
It has been replaced in the dining room by a work by Damian Hirst.
A spokesman for the museum told the Daily Telegraph: â€œSome diners felt unable to eat because it was on the wall. People who donâ€™t eat meat found it slightly repulsive. They asked for it to come down.â€
Millennials keep setting new records in pussification, don’t they?
The irony of replacing a Flemish still-life essentially depicting comestible abundance with some artwork by “Maggots Hatching into Flies,” “Sliced-up Cow and Calf,” “Dead Shark in Formaldehyde,” “Human Skull Covered in Diamonds” Damien Hirst is downright exquisite. Now, it will be the people who know good art who will suffer from deranged digestion.
30 Jul 2015
SeÃ±orasque.com reports that sanctimonious goofiness in European countries has recently risen to a brand-new level.
They are vegetarians or vegans who believe that their philosophy should not be limited to the plate but also extended to the bed. Admirable Environmental awareness, or ideological excess?
There are many ways to adopt a lifestyle more healthy and respectful of the ecosystem of our planet. While some people choose to join the ranks of vegetarianism and eliminate all foods of animal origin, others are stricter and, as in the case of vegans, eliminate any food of animal origin or involving animal exploitation. There are also the raw vegans, who are limited to eating only vegetables, seeds and other natural foods in their natural state: uncooked.
Well, there is now an even more extreme development: sexetarianos: vegetarians who choose not to have sex with carnivores. For them, it is not only an issue of ethics, but also of health. Many of these sexetarianos think it makes no sense to choose a healthy diet and an ethical course of conduct intended to end animal cruelty, if you proceed to ‘exchange fluids’ with someone who consumes animals and wind up ‘contaminating’ your healthy body.
The policy is apparently so strict that sexetarianos also avoid kissing, or coming into contact with the saliva, sweat, etc., of other humans who eat animal products.
11 Aug 2014
Nicholas James Pell, in Taki’s Magazine, deplores the radical Utopian Left’s desire to re-make predatory animals into vegetarians and remodel all of Nature into a “pan species welfare state.”
[O]ne of the curious things about leftist egalitarianism: it tends to eat everything in its path. The second you start believing that all men must be re-created equal, under penalty of law, the road to reasonable accommodations for people who think theyâ€™re elves or those who prefer to see multiple personality disorder as a lifestyle choice isnâ€™t too long. And so we live in a world where grown men (or at least Ronan Farrow) get paid beaucoup bucks to go on television and bemoan the lack of ethnic diversity in cartoon smileys used by teenage girls for whom typing out whole words is too much of a bother.
Nor, when you accept the secular postmillennialist argument that humans need to wipe out every trace of injustice on Earth, is it that big of a leap to argue in favor of changing the genetic code of wild animals to make them stop eating meatâ€”though itâ€™s still not clear why the plan to eliminate suffering from the world doesnâ€™t include anything about rescuing plants from consumption. Carnivorous animals, specifically lions, are singled out as â€œsociopathic killing machines.â€ David Pearce, the â€œindependent philosopherâ€ and transhumanist vegan who cooked up the Hedonistic Imperative, seems somewhat less interested in reprogramming carnivorous animals than he is in eliminating them.
To wit: â€œTo judge that lions should exist is to affirm that it is better, in some sense, that sociopathic killing machines prowl the Earth rather than alternative herbivores.â€
Iâ€™m somewhat sympathetic to the argument that people who have never field dressed an animal donâ€™t get to to grouse about animal welfare.
Read the whole thing.
20 Jun 2009
Lydia Guevara, granddaughter of Ernesto “Che” Guevara of t-shirt fame, is posing for PETA.
Lydia Guevara poses semi-nude in a PETA campaign that tells viewers to “join the vegetarian revolution,” said PETA spokesman Michael McGraw.
The print campaign is expected to debut in October in magazines and posters, McGraw said. It will be launched first in Argentina, where Che Guevara was born, and then internationally. PETA approached the 24-year-old in recent months after finding out she was a vegetarian, McGraw said.
In the ad, Lydia Guevara wears camouflage pants, a red beret, and bandoliers of baby carrots while standing with one fist on her hip and the other outstretched.
12 Feb 2009
Until recent times, for most people, both food and sex were considerably less available than they are today.
In the Hoover Institute’s Policy Review, Mary Eberstadt meditates on the curious way in which, at the present time, the community of fashion has come to place a strongly principled ethical focus on eating, just when old-style sexual morality has been replaced by total latitudinarianism.
Hat tip to Karen L. Myers.
28 Jan 2009
This PETA ad was too racy for NBC and was rejected for display during the Superbowl next Sunday.
NBC identified 8 forms of inappropriate female-and-botanical-item contact.
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