On Eating

Jul. 7th, 2009 02:56 pm
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I made this post a while back, and ErosIssa's comment prompted me to (eventually get around to) read(ing) Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma. A great book. I highly recommend it. userinfoBlckwngdOrcl and I also went and saw Food, Inc. recently, which discussed similar things. At any rate, I've been thinking a lot lately about food - its impacts on the world, smaller societies, our economy... and not the least of these things... how it affects the animals we eat, and how it affects ourselves.

Cut for Lengthiness and Possible New-Age-i-ness )

Debate!

Sep. 18th, 2008 11:20 am
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I know this is the subject of some controversy among my friends, so I'm curious as to people's thoughts on this.

Are Humans Carnivores or Herbivores?

Comparative Anatomy

Many of the comments to the first article linked are very insightful... pay special attention to Erich Schwarz, who gives several links to research in this area (which I'm not going to bother to include here), and the comments of Joel D., farther down.

And these links:

Humans are Omnivores

Contrary Facts vs. Vegan Dogma

Then, of course, there's the better-for-the-environment argument:

Diet for a New America

These look like pretty good resources, as well, although they're a bit long, and I'm putting them here because they're relevant, and it'll be easier for me to find them later. :)

PaleoDiet

The Naive Vegetarian

A few of the articles, when talking about the relative health of eating vs. not eating meat make a reference to wheat and other carbs, but not in much depth (probably because it wasn't the scope of the article). Having finally gotten around to reading Sugar Blues, I can't help but think that this is also a huge factor in the problem with most diets. (If you haven't read it, the book is rather militant, but it makes some interesting points.)

My Personal Thoughts )

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