Plant based is anti-human

Re: The end of meat

I was vegetarian/pescatarian for almost a decade for ethical reasons. However, I started to eat meat again from a growing recognition that the act of eating involves more than just reflexively labelling entire groups of foods as “good” or “bad,” or reductively calculating a food’s associated carbon emissions. It’s much more complicated than that.

Eating is a social and joyful act that carries with it cultural and aesthetic values that cannot be as easily dismissed as many plant-based advocates would have you believe. It’s undeniable that the treatment of animals in the industrial agriculture system is inhumane and efforts should be made to improve their welfare. But I think a plant-based diet is anti-human: it is a denial of the fact that we are creatures embedded within a complex (and messy) social and environmental ecosystem.

Like most issues worthy of deeper reflection and consideration, deciding what to eat isn’t so black and white.

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Note: This appeared as a letter to the editor in the National Post

Save your malicious prayers

Re: Say A Prayer

Letter-writer Pat Currie suggests that readers should pray for the cancer-stricken rationalist author Christopher Hitchens not only because it would be the “Christian thing to do” but also because it would “probably anger him to no end.”
Why the malice? Whatever happened to the self-proclaimed “humbleness” of believers? This statement only lends more validity to Mr. Hitchens’ central thesis: religion does indeed poison everything.

Note: This appeared as a Letter to the Editor in the National Post.