For the vegetarian
It is long been thought that the future of food consumption is about vegetarian-ism. It is been thought that because of depleted energy sources, exhausted lands, scarce water and enormous increases in population, are all going to combine together to require that our eating habits in the future need to change to a more vegetarian diet.
This thought amount to a total structural change of our diet and is thought to mean that we will have to reduce our dependancy on red meat. I have noticed new commercials on TV where beef farmers are saying that there has been a change in how they raise their beef cattle, requiring less resources. The thought is that crop lands are stretched to the limit and that there is no way to continue beef production to meet the expected increase in our population. There is no way to provide more land for meat production. So, the idea of vegetarian is to eat a much leaner diet based on fewer meats and dairy products, more grains potatoes, and beans.
The reduction in meat consumption is also about the reduction of seafood consumption because it too, is becoming scarce. Oil reserves running out, means that raising cattle is also going to run out.
Vegetarian-ism contains more grains and fewer fats and the idea is that it is much healthier for you. Creative cooking for vegans and vegetarians is based on the ingredients that were available in the paleo world. Veganism is a strict vegetarian diet, eating only plants. Vegetarians on the other hand eat plants and dairy products. There are pescatarians that also include eggs, chicken, fish, but do mammals.
I think that what has been happening for those of us that are meat eaters is that we are just naturally cutting down on red meat intake out of sheer financial necessity, replacing beef with pork and chicken.
Beginning in the 1970’s and beyond to the 1990’s there has been a big argument raging between vegetarians and meat eaters. Vegetarians believe that they are more environmentally superior and therefore more gracious than meat eaters.
The truth is, if you are vegan, or vegetarian, you can still use most of the recipes provided in this blog, simply by substituting vegetables and vegetable stalk in place of the lamb, beef, chicken, or pork.
My Experience: All Carbolicious
All the vegans or vegetarians I know, have transitioned to this new lifestyle in their early 20’s. Each and everyone of them start the same, proudly sticking with vegetables, more vegetables, some fruit, and even more vegetables. Then slowly they start to realize that they are hungry and bored of vegetables, so they move onto the carbs.
This is an easy transition because all the carbs you can find in stores, do not contain animal products such as; pasta, bread, bagels, most sweets, all of it up for grabs. So in a short amount of time, on their new environmentally healthy lifestyle they gain 20 pounds. It’s disturbing and not endearing. I can’t count how many times I have met someone who is vegan and is overweight because ‘they are leading a healthier lifestyle.” This only works if your REALLY tall.
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