To Meat or not to Meat; that is the question

Updated: Oct 2, 2020

A case against the consumption of meat in three parts: health, environmental, moral

a woman biting into meat

Mortals, do not defile your bodies with sinful eating.
You have the crops to sustain you, the fruit which forces the
branches
to bend down under its weight, the grapes that swell on the
vine,
scented herbs and vegetables that fire can soften.

- Pythagoras


John Maynard Keynes once said: When the facts change, I change my mind. Thus when the scientific research demonstrating the detrimental impacts of meat on health began pouring in I adopted a vegetarian diet.


I then serendipitously stumbled on the China Study – arguably the most comprehensive study yet conducted on how diet impacts health. Once I’d waded through Dr Collin T. Campbell’s great literary libation I changed my diet again. Now, from Monday to Friday, I practice veganism and on the weekends I let my hair down and enjoy a free range egg, poached, on toast, no butter.


But as I’ve found, to my frustration (because I’m a health and fitness practitioner who teaches diet and lifestyle to incredulous carnivores), things aren’t so clear cut and there is a lot of contradictory information being disseminated. One minute meat is the root of all evil, the next minute it’s fine in moderation – and around and around we go ad infinitum.

two heads shaped from lettuce and meat

This can make it quite the challenge to know what to do, whose advice to follow, which diet plan to adopt – that’s if you haven’t got the inclination or time to invest in the many hours required to research so nebulous a subject.


The way I see it, because I have got the inclination and I make the time to do the research, when it comes to meat/animal food consumption the answer to the title question is very simple: NOT TO eat meat and cut-out all animal protein; dairy and fish included.