Here are five reasons why feminists should try to eliminate meat:
1. Eating meat is associated with male power in its most vile and repugnant forms.
In a logic that sounds positively mystical, real men, we are told, should be physically strong and virile, which means killing and eating strong animals.
This is why cookbooks aimed at men focus on the barbecue. Anything less might turn them into gay homosexual fops. For instance, the Newtown killer used a rifle manufactured by a company called Bushmaster. Upon purchase, Bushmaster offers you a “man card” that is revoked if you’re caught, among other things, “eating tofu”. Why? Because real men eat meat. Sissies do not.
In rejecting meat, feminists â€“ both women and men â€“ are rejecting a potent symbol of patriarchal power.Â Read more »
Not long ago, quinoa was just an obscure Peruvian grain you could only buy in wholefood shops. We struggled to pronounce it (it’s keen-wa, not qui-no-a), yet it was feted by food lovers as a novel addition to the familiar ranks of couscous and rice. Dieticians clucked over quinoa approvingly because it ticked the low-fat box and fitted in with government healthy eating advice to “base your meals on starchy foods”.
Adventurous eaters liked its slightly bitter taste and the little white curls that formed around the grains. Vegans embraced quinoa as a credibly nutritious substitute for meat. Unusual among grains, quinoa has a high protein content (between 14%-18%), and it contains all those pesky, yet essential, amino acids needed for good health that can prove so elusive to vegetarians who prefer not to pop food supplements.
Sales took off. Quinoa was, in marketing speak, the “miracle grain of the Andes”, a healthy, right-on, ethical addition to the meat avoider’s larder (no dead animals, just a crop that doesn’t feel pain). Consequently, the price shot up â€“ it has tripled since 2006 â€“ with more rarified black, red and “royal” types commanding particularly handsome premiums.
But there is an unpalatable truth to face for those of us with a bag of quinoa in the larder. The appetite of countries such as ours for this grainhas pushed up prices to such an extentÂ that poorer people in Peru and Bolivia, for whom it was once a nourishing staple food, can no longer afford to eat it. Imported junk food is cheaper. In Lima, quinoa now costs more than chicken. Outside the cities, and fuelled by overseas demand, the pressure is on to turn land that once produced a portfolio of diverse crops into quinoa monoculture.
Sanctimonious Greens are only ever outdone on the sanctimony stakes by vegatarians and vegans. Petersen’s has an idea that will piss them right off:
One thing we canâ€™t stand about vegetarians is how full of themselves they are. Just because they donâ€™t indulge in a cheeseburger or steak, they feel the urge to tell everyone in earshot about it. As such, theÂ notorious attention whores at PETAÂ recently launched its annual online â€śSexiest Vegetarian Celebritiesâ€ť contest, naming a couple of Hollywood celebrities the sexiest vegetarians on the planet in an effort to say, â€śHey, these two eat like rabbits! You should too!â€ť
Well, we can play that game too. In an effort to show that even meat eaters can be rich and famous with ridiculously good looks, weâ€™ve rounded up 16 of the sexiest meat-eating hunters on the planet â€” eight women and eight men â€” to determine who among them is the sexiest omnivore on Earth. The winners get well, nothing, other than our undying affection and the chance to tell every PETA member where they can shove their celery.
Rodney Hide is obviously relishing his new role as a columnist. I am enjoying his writing. Today’s Herald column is about the benefits of pigs and meat:
The way to cure a vegetarian is to cook bacon. The smell of sizzling bacon invariably proves irresistible. The sizzle saves having to explain how humans have eaten meat for two million years.
It’s the eating of meat that makes us human. The nutrient-dense meat enabled the human brain to grow and the gut to shrink. Our mammalian metabolism could not support a big gut and a big brain. Something had to give.
Our primate cousins have a large gut and a small brain. Their gut serves as a giant fermentation chamber. The bugs inside digest the leaves and shoots to produce the fatty acids all mammals need. Gorillas get the fat they need from the bugs that digest the plants they eat. We get our fat direct from other animals.
Eating animals enabled our metabolism to support a larger brain. In turn, hunting animals put selective pressure on an ever-larger brain. It was no mean feat bringing down the equivalent of a modern-day deer with just a spear.
We are lucky. Evolution has treated us well. Eating bacon and having a big brain sure beats having to chew grass all day.
Plus bacon helped halt cannibalism in New Zealand…perhaps:
I suspect Captain Cook bringing pigs to New Zealand did more to end cannibalism among Maori than the preaching of missionaries. Pigs are easier to catch and kill than your neighbours.
More importantly eating meat and a high proteinn diet is better for you:
I eat bacon most days. I regard it as a heritage thing. The Greenies would have us pay homage to our ecology: I do so by eating bacon. My health has improved out of sight since I dumped low-fat yoghurt, fruit juice and sugar coated-cereals and loaded up instead with bacon and eggs.
My doctor tells me my blood panel is the best it’s been. I daren’t put her certificate at risk by telling her that I have achieved the turnaround by doing the exact opposite of what the Government and nutritional experts all say.
I favour two million years of successful evolution over politically-appointed, Government-run committees of experts. These committees easily run away from common sense and common experience. They recommend industrially-produced margarine over naturally-made butter. Margarine is engineered gunk. Butter is grass, plus sun, plus a cow. It’s our best health food.
I eat only New Zealand bacon. I like to know my pigs lived as pigs, ate as pigs and aren’t shot through with chemicals. I reckon these pigs taste better and are healthier.
I especially like the wild pig I buy from the South Island. I jumped at the chance to go out with the boys high in the hills above the Awatere River. The sun was bright, the air was clean and the country wild. As Premium Game’s Allan Spencer explained, these pigs don’t survive unless they’re healthy. No vet gets near them.
The only downside to a diet of meat is that if you buy your meat it is expensive…now that I am getting away more and actually killing my own meat it is a whole lot cheaper.
There is only one thing better than eating meat and that is eating meat you have killed, dressed and cured yourself.
Andrew Sullivan asks if Veganism is healthy? Of course it isn’t. There is no meat in that diet.
Drew RamseyÂ saysÂ a balanced vegan diet is better than the average American diet, but it’s still far from perfect:
Clinical research finds that people on vegan diets commonly suffer from a variety of nutritional deficiencies. One study, for instance, showed that more than half of vegans tested were deficient in vitamin B12, putting them at risk of mental health problems such as fatigue, poor concentration, decreased brain volume with aging and irreversible nerve damage.
All the vegans I know have bodies like half sucked throaties, and some also spout weird socialistÂ nonsenseÂ surrounded by an abundance of ellipsis.