FOOD COMMUNISM: The Ethics of Eating Meat

Does a Vegetarian plant greens after having a salad?

Food, regardless of form, class, or group, is something that is better
served for function than fashion. What does that really mean? — One,
What is food? — In this case, meat, and Two, Who is food? Depending on
what kind of food you are eating, there’s the esoteric definition of
meat, beyond the red flesh that we’ve been so driven to, there’s meat
inside an egg plant, a pear, squash, banana, just as in a duck,
chicken, alligator, lobster and so on. But the difference here is how
they appeal to our natural function of living.

Does a Vegetarian plant greens after having a salad? Killing
implicates an act that renders a living object lifeless — this also
applies to vegetation. While reasons behind meat and farming allude to
bigger issues like the environment — beyond the individual, our
question into the rationale of meat holds no more of a premise nor’ a
dissertation beyond the act of rationing food. Let’s think about meat
- the texture, flavor and sensation of umami — then consider what it
represents in terms of satiation to someone in the desert or in the
arctic. While conditions may be different, perhaps we’d be reluctant
to throw away food if we weren’t so dispassionate about it. What does
the Pescetarian have to say to the red meat eater, the foie gras
eater, yet the Vegan? It’s a matter of need, to mind our food and
intake; why the ethics should be more about what our food does to us.
Like in any science or study, the grand statement in the answer is the
source — but, it is not that simple. The world we live in offers
choices. That sensibility starts with us, in our ability to see a
choice, make it and understand why we do so among its differences. In
the field of the sport of life, these choices come with a difference
rooted in policy, preceded by commercial needs. We live in a
commercial world, and putting farmers and ranchers out of work to
foreclose on their homes and farms is another form of ethics. That
conduct on either side is a basis of essentials and necessity, like
gas. The current world serves choice by availability — whether you
drive an electric or gas powered car, a particular field of career, or
say, whether or not to eat meat.

The Zen of food is to sustain the body and soul. Without that
acknowledgment in honor of the cognizant mind — with our selves and
our food included, there would be no room for the ethics behind
principals and conducts — because what we take in, on the small to bigger picture eats too! Choice starts somewhere — whether a mother
changes her diet to accommodate her child differs and matters just as
her choice to breastfeed. The availability offers that we give our
children enough taste and nutrition to be able to gain and contribute
to the world. Despite parental delegation and interests, that choice
is often about survival and building strength for the future
availability of choices, better ones...

Overall, if hunger is the urge and one were stranded in a field of
ducks, if it sounds like a duck and look like one, then it’s a duck,
and probably a meal to be had — or in some cases at least a lead to another source, for they must eat too. But, we don’t hunt for our meals anymore. If there’s anything to cry wolf about, its the process of how that duck we never
see, or hear, ends up on our tables with consideration to other
ingredients that come along with it as our breakfast, lunch, dinner or
snack. If this isn’t a bigger issue, then it’s ethical to eat meat.

This article was written for the New York Times as a response and a part of a competition. http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2012/04/20/magazine/ethics-eating-meat.html