This is not really a question but more of a heads up...
They were hoping for hundreds of submissions, and they got THOUSANDS. So they had some drones pare down the field to 29, which were judged by the (albeit biased) panel. They honed it down to six. Now the readers get to vote. Of the six, I thought three were worthy of a win. The one with the most votes at the moment is extolling the virtues of test tube meat. We cannot let this happen!
I had a tough time choosing between "This is the deal we've made", and "Sometimes it's more ethical to eat meat than vegetables". I like having this sound argumentation in hand also should I ever need to defend my meat-eating ways.
So, to make this a question, which essay(s) did you like the most?
I found it annoying that the leading essay (at the time I voted) concluded that in vitro meat is "perhaps the only ethical meat." Only a small percentage of Americans are actually vegetarian... why do so many (presumably omnivorous) Americans seem to feel that eating any meat (even grass-fed, pastured, local) is unethical? (I'm basing this on the fact that this essay was leading in votes, but maybe it was skewed by a bunch of vegetarian voters, who knows.)
There's a strange disconnect here. I care about animals a lot and I work to ensure that all of the meat I buy comes from good, humane sources. And yet, everything has to die, including me one day. Didn't everyone see the Lion King? Death is unavoidable; quality of life is what matters. So why are people who buy crappy meat from horrible factory farms easily convinced that all meat is wrong? I think maybe most Americans are just uncomfortable with the idea of death in general. I'm disappointed that such a simplistic view of this issue dominates.
I like the ones others voted for, and I also really like "Sometimes it's more ethnical to eat meat than vegetables."
I think the underlying theme that the essays I like share center not just on the circle of life, the reality of farming, but also the idea of respect and humane treatment of animals in this "system" of human-animal relationships. I was afraid that the essays would focus on, "Of course, we need meat for the nutrition!" I think it's far more than that, because as humans with the capacity for higher-order thinking, meat is more than just an object or an item on a shelf. We have the ability to impact the earth, which won't last forever.
I like the closing paragraphs of the two. I haven't voted yet, ha.
Almost 25 years after deciding it was wrong to eat animals, I now realize that it’s not that simple. There is an ethical option — a responsibility, even — for eating animals that are raised within a sustainable farm system and slaughtered with the compassion necessitated by our relationship. That, in essence, is the deal.
For me, eating meat is ethical when one does three things. First, you accept the biological reality that death begets life on this planet and that all life (including us!) is really just solar energy temporarily stored in an impermanent form. Second, you combine this realization with that cherished human trait of compassion and choose ethically raised food, vegetable, grain and/or meat. And third, you give thanks.