6 comments on “Musings On Meat

  1. I have been thinking a lot about this topic as well. I have 2 young children and I do think that they need a minimal amount of animal protein for their development (you don’t have to agree with that). But I will not feed them meat that has been produced at an industrial farm. My husband laughs but we call them happy pigs, chickens, cows etc. I research the places that I buy my meat from and am assured that it comes from free range, grass fed, organic animals that have been slaughtered humanely. Short of me raising my own animals (impossible-I live in a city) this is the best I can do. We really only have about 2 or 3 meals a week that involves meat of any kind. Who know when my children grow up they may choose to eat no meat at all but for now I want them to eat a small amount!

    I liked this thought provoking post and am very surprised that you didn’t get more comments on it!

  2. Judy,

    Thank you for your kind words. When it comes to children, until I have done the research enough to know, I think you are right about children and meat. At least insofar as I have no idea how to get my son what he needs without meat.

    However, I 100% believe you are doing the right thing by researching the practices of your meat providers and only giving them organic meats.

    I hope that my son chooses vegetarianism when he gets older, but that will solely be his choice.

  3. I guess I am a dedicated omnivore, but I see no reason to eliminate meat from my diet. I do try very hard to buy meat from sources where animals are humanely treated and not filled full of hormones and drugs. And like most people, I am eating less meat, trending toward meals where smaller portions of meat are used in dishes as a part of a whole (stir fry, curries, salads,stews etc.) But I must confess, occaasionally I still love a great grilled hamburger!

  4. Deborah,

    I respect your right to eat as you please and the switch to hormone-free and drug-free meat is a responsible choice. I guess my thought still is that we know meat sources are far more likely to carry foodborne disease and they are still high in bad fats.

    I don’t know, I’ve found that I get just as much pleasure from a grilled veggie burger (actually more because I don’t feel weighed down by the red meat), but that’s just me.

    There’s another thing that my wife and I have noticed. Sometimes when we look at meat and thing “THAT LOOKS SO GOOD” it’s because we forgot our B-12 or we haven’t eaten enough protein. I’m not sure if that applies, but sometimes the craving for a burger or chicken is the body’s way of saying “Gimme more of X.”

    Again, if you love meat, that’s great. I just want to provide a (hopefully rational) alternate viewpoint.

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