—-Great write up from the article above. I remember watching this episode somewhere around when I was 11. I didn’t get it back then. Why would someone not want to eat meat and why would this pretty much boring topic be included in my favorite series? Lisa just seemed like a nerd and I didn’t really appreciate any episodes with Lisa in them until I got older. It wasn’t as if my family ate an enormous amount of meat when I was growing up. It was just that I didn’t really associate anything that was on my plate as coming from an animal, and as a boy who just wanted to run outside in circles all day playing sports I really couldn’t care less. Animals were meant for eating I guess. Nobody had ever told me otherwise and had simply put them on my plate, and this Simpsons episode was the first seed in my mind that ever made me think about it.
I think the part of that Simpsons episode that makes the most sense is when Homer is trying to poke holes in Lisa’s vegetarianism argument by saying, “Lisa, it’s a lamb, not a LAMB!” This pretty much displays the whole vegetarian/vegan issue in a nutshell. How many of us would eat animal products if we in fact had to watch, or better yet, do the slaughtering of the animals? A living creature not wanting to die or a product we buy at the store; a cow or a COW. If we could kill animals, couldn’t we in essence kill humans as well? Humans have rights and can communicate with one another so that’s out of the question but animals don’t have that luxury in a spoken word sense. Does this constitute as Specie-ism? Will we one day in the future scoff at how we treated and slaughtered animals in the past much in the same way we view the history of enslaving Africans in the present day? Racism? Specie-ism? What is the difference?
There are many reasons I chose to become a Vegan. Nutritionally I had been veering in that direction naturally for many years. With being exposed to nutrition school and food encyclopedias and a plethora of never ending nutritional articles and studies, I couldn’t help but notice that most plant sources of food come with description label of anti-cancer and anti-inflammation (obviously there are exceptions). With most animal sources of food comes the label of cardiovascular issues, increased cancer risk, and just general issues with weight gain. My normal animal product intake eventually went down to about a few ounces or so a day with some meat on a salad, yogurt in mornings, and the occasional protein shake or fish or going out to eat.
I woke up one day about a year ago and declared that I wanted to make more of an everyday stance in the world. I wanted my normal day to day habits to contribute to things I cared about and in this situation my habits altered to cater to environmentalism, not participating in animal cruelty, and being healthy. Animal product cultivation is an incredibly wasteful practice when it comes to land and water usage so eating less animal products greatly interprets into caring for the earth and being environmentally responsible. This will only grow as the years pass and this WILL be one of those things in the future that we look at and scoff at for how wasteful we were. And when you eat animal products you are consuming the cruelty that was involved in the animal living either in one or all of the following: awful conditions/unsanitary practices, awful diets, knowing it was going to be killed, chemicals released in the body during times of stress, and just the fact that it did not want to die. You take in all that energy when you eat animals and where does that lead you? How does that change us? I would be willing to bet that I don’t want to mess with that juju and I’d claim you don’t want any of “that stuff” in your body. Not thinking those things don’t add up to negative health is being stuck in the mindset of tradition and ignoring health facts related to most plant sourced products vs most animal sourced products.
The point of this article isn’t that you’re a bad person if you eat animal products or that Vegans are totally better but what would your life be like if you ate less animal products? What would that do for the animals, your health, the planet? Eating one less animal product meal a week is a good start and something that would enormously contribute to the well being of the earth and it’s inhabitants. How about two less animal products a week after a month of one less? How about three less a week after a month of two less? Small steps are needed towards breaking tradition and achieving a diet and overall lifestyle built around kindness? What kind of effects would that have on our society? Our world? Imagine the possibilities and how choosing to live in a less cruelty filled world would positively affect everything! Lisa Simpson (and Apu who was a Vegan on the Simpsons!) would approve:)