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Hack the Human Planet Documentary

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Created April 26, 2011 at 10:56 AM

Have any of you been watching the Human Planet documentary series of Discovery? It is absolutely a fantastic show. I watched the arctic episode last night and it followed the inuits and how they hunt and eat. I don't see how any vegan can argue that we are only supposed to eat veges. It's abundantly clear that some cultures have no option.

I guess my hack is, what do you think the driving force is in our culture for grain consumption over meat? Availability? Government guidance? Some these cultures have the ability to utilize agriculture but their main food source is meat and fish and the completely understand the value of utlizing the entire animal.

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135 · June 03, 2011 at 3:56 AM

I don't understand the edit don't vegans argue that "we are only supposed to eat veggies"?

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5136 · April 26, 2011 at 9:20 PM

i think the idea of not being able to sustain the current population of the planet without grain is highly, highly debatable.

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5768 · April 26, 2011 at 5:59 PM

edited...thanks!

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5136 · April 26, 2011 at 5:34 PM

highly debateable.

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5629 · April 26, 2011 at 5:04 PM

all things being equal, if you believe that all life is tied together, then it seems obvious to us that we're not supposed to be living half the places that we are, and the planet is not "designed" to sustain our huge population. following our paleo logic, the world became overpopulated when any amount of humans had to turn to grain in order to survive in an environment that could not provide for them otherwise.

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18417 · April 26, 2011 at 3:16 PM

hello hemanvt. gotta re-word this. doesn't make sense... "I don't see how any vegan can argue that we are only supposed to eat meat."

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1300 · April 26, 2011 at 11:29 AM

government subsidies

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2369 · April 26, 2011 at 1:33 PM

We can't sustain the current population of the planet without grain. As I seem to remember from my junior high history class, agriculture caused the population explosion which in turn allowed civilization to advance. Was it The Worst Mistake in the History of the Human Race?

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5136 · April 26, 2011 at 5:34 PM

highly debateable.

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5136 · April 26, 2011 at 9:20 PM

i think the idea of not being able to sustain the current population of the planet without grain is highly, highly debatable.

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5629 · April 26, 2011 at 5:04 PM

all things being equal, if you believe that all life is tied together, then it seems obvious to us that we're not supposed to be living half the places that we are, and the planet is not "designed" to sustain our huge population. following our paleo logic, the world became overpopulated when any amount of humans had to turn to grain in order to survive in an environment that could not provide for them otherwise.

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5629 · April 26, 2011 at 1:15 PM

Thousands of years of poverty and political oppression keep people eating lousy diets.

I was particularly bummed about the Ethiopians protecting their millet crop from monkeys. It would suck to know you'd starve if the local monkeys ate all the grass on a particular hillside...Hey, why not eat those delicious looking monkeys?! Oh wait...their protected by the government... (I am in no way condoning the killing of endangered species for food, the Gelada lives only in the Simien mountain range. But with a conservative management strategy/hunting season, maybe the Ethiopians could eat better...of course humans usually screw it up by being greedy.)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gelada

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830 · April 26, 2011 at 1:14 PM

Monetary cost and accessibility is the driving force behind grain consumption in most cultures. Meat is far more expensive, and more difficult to obtain.

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