When I meet vegetarians, the conversation almost always veers toward their rationale for making such a drastic dietary change. What motivates someone to give up healthy, nutrient-dense animal proteins? Can I help answer questions, alleviate associated guilt or clarify any misconceptions they may have? I certainly try.
For many, it’s because of a film or book that showed horrific scenes depicting farmers and ranchers as abusive, greedy monsters who destroy the land and hurt our animals. These vegetarians are usually the ones who are the hardest to convince that their dietary choice is simply based on scare tactics from the mainstream media. I tell them I don’t support the bad apples in agriculture, and I remind them of the many beef by-products that impact their everyday lives. Then, I move on.
But, what do we say to those who feel a vegetarian diet is superior in a nutritional sense? A recent article written by Anthony Colpo says most vegetarians figure it out on their own, and quickly ditch their diet to receive optimal nutrition from beef once again. Most chalk it up to a youthful phase and spend their remaining days as omnivores.
Here's an excerpt: "One issue that vegetarian shills conveniently ignore is the legions of folks who try vegetarian/vegan diets, then abandon them due to adverse health effects. Vegetarian promoters wank on and on about how superior the diet is, but have little to say about the preponderance of people who adopt vegetarianism only to watch their energy and well being deteriorate. A 2005 survey by CBS News found three times as many American adults described themselves as ex-vegetarians as opposed to current vegetarians. This suggests that around 75% of people who quit eating meat eventually change their minds and return to a diet that includes animal flesh."
Additional information on the CBS study appeared in TIME. You can read the article here.
How many ex-vegetarians do you know? What reasoning do you use to promote eating beef as a superior diet choice that is ethically and environmentally sound, as well?