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Verging on vegetarianism, by accident.

Discussion in 'off topic' started by George J, Sep 13, 2019.

  1. George J

    George J Herefordshire member

    Over the last twelve months, I seem to hardly eat any meat at all. I don't enjoy it, so the logic is simple. Don't eat it. These days I get a meat fix only from a more or less monthly small Hereford beef Rump steak. I do enjoy that, but processed meat never appealed, and I gave up cured meat years ago.

    Have others found themselves gradually moving away from meat every day or sometimes more than once a day?

    I doubt that I'll ever give up a very occasional Hereford steak, or indeed eating a meat meal offered me in hospitality. But for myself at home it hardly appeals any more. It is not a question of morality. I rather think we evolved as omnivores, but it does also note the fact that seven billion people cannot all eat Western levels of meat in our resource scarce plant. It is not sustainable.

    Best wishes from George
  2. AudioAl

    AudioAl pfm Member

    Same here , mostly eat fish ( small tins of sardines ,Mackerel in oil or tomato sauce ) quite happy eating a plate full of veg as long as its not over cooked along with a jacket spud .
  3. Bob McC

    Bob McC Living the life of Riley

    I too find that I very rarely eat red meat now. I enjoy a very occasional fillet steak but don’t like lamb or pork. Even chicken and turkey are rarities.
    I do eat a lot of fish and seafood but in any week I will have four flesh free days.
    Tonight I shall be preparing a tuna salsa with rice.
    I also tend to buy fish frozen after watching a consumer affairs programme about the state of “fresh” fish in our shops, including specialist fishmongers.
  4. Joe P

    Joe P certified Buffologist / mod

    Maybe it's because we're omnivorous primates with dentition and a digestive tract shaped by natural selection to eat a predominantly planted-based diet.

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  5. Hook

    Hook Blackbeard's former bo'sun.

  6. sean99

    sean99 pfm Member

    Aside from possible health benefits, which are a secondary consideration for me, I have an easier time knowing that I'm not contributing to the mind boggling level of suffering inflicted upon food animals in the modern industrial agriculture system, and also to the dehumanizing work that many of the workers involved are forced to participate in.

    I wouldn't consider eating my cat, and it doesn't seem any different to consider eating a pig, cow, sheep, chicken etc etc.

    Of course, if faced with starvation I'd choose meat, and I'd have an easier time with meat if most of it were not produced under such barbaric conditions.
  7. gintonic

    gintonic 50 shades of grey pussy cats

    red meat is delicious, but we dont eat it that often. When we do it has to be done proper

    [​IMG]2019-09-13_05-30-26 by uh_simon, on Flickr
  8. Cav

    Cav pfm Member

    George, I love mosts products derived from animals. I also love fish.

    The 7b population is, of course, a red herring (geddit), because many of the 3rd World countries never had, and never will have the chance to eat like the West. Our consumption does not impact their diet.
  9. Arkless Electronics

    Arkless Electronics Trade: Amp design and repairs.

    Vegetable rights and peace!
  10. Cav

    Cav pfm Member

    Vegetable rights and peas?
  11. Arkless Electronics

    Arkless Electronics Trade: Amp design and repairs.

    Save the carrot!
  12. George J

    George J Herefordshire member

    Save non-human life forms!
  13. BJP

    BJP Pink is the new Blue

    Chicken , turkey and fish , I only have any red meat when we have spag* bol or chilli con carne , I do like lamb chops but no one else in the family does , can't remember the last time .

    * 3oz.
  14. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    I gave up meat way back in the early ‘80s. Mainly due to repulsion; butchers shops always look like road accidents to me and the stench makes me gag (I hold my breath when walking past). I also had a rough idea about anatomy, e.g. knew what things like livers, kidneys etc actually did, plus had a fair idea what was actually in a sausage or meat pie. I just didn’t want to put that sort of thing in my mouth, and I still don’t.

    Since then I’ve obviously become very much more aware of the environmental cost/damage of meat production and given the current climate scenario can’t really grasp how anyone who claims to be ‘green’ can eat farmed meat at all. It is just absurdly destructive and wasteful long before one even considers animal rights etc (which one should). I actually feel guilty about having a cat, though it was a neighbour’s cat that adopted me rather than by choice. Even so it means I have to buy meat products, which does not sit easy with me, plus I hate dealing with its vile stinky food!

    PS FWIW I’m not perfect at this. Whilst I’ve never eaten meat/poultry since the early ‘80s I do still on very rare occasions classify fish as vegetables. I really shouldn’t, and it happens very infrequently, but fish ‘n’ chips!
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  15. BJP

    BJP Pink is the new Blue

    Love fish 'n' chips but not from a chip shop .
  16. Rodrat

    Rodrat pfm Member

    Unfortunately I really don’t like most vegetables and salads and those that I do wouldn’t give me much variety. I do love meat and some fish so it is unlikely I will become a vegetarian much less a vegan.
  17. wacko

    wacko pfm Member

    I used to agree with that until I realised that it all depends on the quality of the veg/salad (and there are so many varieties) and how it is prepared.
  18. Arkless Electronics

    Arkless Electronics Trade: Amp design and repairs.

    As a youth, I used to weep in butchers' shops....
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  19. Philim

    Philim pfm Member

    I've even found somewhere in Falmouth that does an amazing vegan brekkie. Never thought I could give up bacon but stopped eating after reading about nitrites etc
  20. ks.234

    ks.234 pfm Member

    If you only consume meat a bit, you’re not a vegetarian. If you wear leather shoes, you’re not a vegetarian.

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