Once again I am amazed at the hypocrisy of the eco-corporations time and time again. Peta announces a campaign to stop cooking and eating crabs and launch it in the crab eating territory, Maryland. Why, you might ask? To impact the economics of those meat eaters among us… Now I have no issues with Peta, but get a grip.
I am not an animal rights believer as I think “respect” is a better term. I have the ultimate respect for all nature. I believe we humans are mammals and that all creatures on earth are interdependent. We are all dependent on the earth we all live on to eat, live, and survive. Our ancestors were omnivores, and continue to be. This is a fact. Just because we have become so arrogant as to believe our increasing intelligence can change that, I feel differently. We are a part of nature… we eat animals, and especially as babies need animal protein to grow. Get over it… intelligence will not change this. Now we might believe we are better then that, and that might be the case, but the laws of nature have not changed.
Well I am not a scientist, but when last I looked crabs are crustaceans. Crustaceans are bugs. Bugs are definitely part of nature and deserve respect, but what about all the bugs that get whacked growing all the vegetables? I would guess millions of tons get eliminated around the world to supply this new “clean”, “guilt-free” food trumpeted by vegetarians and especially vegans. When will Peta stick up for them? I, and I am sure other “sinners” have often been preached to by vegans that they eat nothing that “has a mother”. Well crabs, as all insects do have mothers, and fathers for that matter. Will Peta come out with a campaign to save bugs? Of course not… donors hate bugs, and donations is what eco-corporations hold dear.
Now let’s get serious and maybe it is time to grow up and realize no matter how noble our food, to many, bugs are not worth saving. I believe differently. All nature needs to be saved… not just cows, pigs, fish, etc. And what about the huge carbon footprint of all those bananas, avocados, and soya beans needed to maintain peoples noble diets?
So before we preach to others look at your own house. Nature is nature… bugs to cows. I try to maintain a local diet. I support local farmers, including meat producers who raise grass fed animals and fish sustainable resources… like crabs. I do not preach to others but local food is not only healthy, but also sustainable. No rain forests are whacked, no feed lots, no GMO, and especially no farmed fish that destroy wild oceans. In my humble opinion this is truly an earth friendly diet. If as a vegan, you grow your own food or eat local fruits and vegetables as many indigenous people do; then preach away. If not, shut up or you become a typical arrogant human demigod.
I hope all eco-groups flourish but let’s stick to the facts. Eat whatever diet you feel comfortable with, and leave the rest of us alone. Veganism is a diet choice… good for some, but not for all. It is not necessarily good for the earth. If you choose veganism for health reasons, more power to you. If you think gluten is our enemy, so be it… Many are just fads made popular by gulfstream environmentalist, and limousine liberals. The media buys in, and we all feel better, but the earth suffers. It is really time we get together and look at the big picture. All nature has a place. We humans are part of it. Discuss consumerism, economics, big pharma, over population, and all the evils we humans propagate, but prioritize our arrogance and start making a real difference. The oceans are dying. The landmasses are being raped by over cultivation and we worry about crabs? Give me a break. We need to get together and not drive wedges into the very alliances that can make a difference.
As many know I am against salmon farms among other things… not because people eat fish, but because they are killing nature so the sheik can enjoy sushi bars worldwide. I know, I know the media has made them cool, but really do we need sushi bars in Ohio? Do we need to destroy indigenous fisheries to supply fake food for the elite to enjoy? I say no. Local poor people eat fish, their catch should not go primarily to fish farms as they do in many localities.
I am sure this will piss many off, but I hope it will start a conversation which will help us preserve the little wilderness the earth has left. As my good friend Doug Tompkins said: “if humanity comes to a cliff, why not make a 180 degree turn and continue forward… this is true progress. To continue forward will just send us all off the cliff. I’m just saying.
Do yourself a favor and THINK ABOUT IT!