Have you ever felt that you needed to explain exactly why you have decided not to eat meat? For most people there is a lot more behind it than just the ethical story – with which I am by no means saying that the ethical story is not important.
Vegsource.com has an amazing list of “How to win an argument with a meat-eater”. They list for example the Hunger Argument (You know how many hungry people could be fed with the corn and soy given to cows and other animals for meat production? I will just quote vegsource: “Number of people who could be adequately fed using land freed if Americans reduced their intake of meat by 10%: 100 million” )
Another one is the Environment Argument (yes, that’s the whole story with the greenhouse effect, methan and CO2…Also here I’ll give you just one excerpt: “Fossil fuels needed to produce meat-centered diet vs. a meat-free diet: 3 times more“)
And finally, the Survival Argument:
“Athlete to win Ironman Triathlon more than twice: Dave Scott (6 time winner)
Food choice of Dave Scott: Vegetarian
Largest meat eater that ever lived: Tyrannosaurus Rex (Where is he today?)”
Besides they also list quite some health-related issues, check out the full list on their webpage. The arguments are originally from the book Diet for a new America by John Robins.
Anyway, I will be fair and listen to the other side as well. Here is a link to an article on “How to win an argument with a vegetarian”. Now it’s up to you to pick your side.
Thanks to RobStone for the picture!