To be or not to be a Non-vegetarian?

                                              Disclaimer:

This blog does not particularly support any camp(vegetarian or non-vegetarian).This blog presents you arguments from both the sides.The blog does not contain any false fact.All the facts and figures are taken from reliable sources.


Hello Guys!!I m going to talk about this ancient ever-lasting debate,”To be or not to be a Non-vegetarian?”

In today’s quickly changing world,we hardly think twice about the choice of our food till it provides us taste and good health.There is a wide debate as to whether it is better to be a vegetarian or a non vegetarian. People in either camp have pretty much dug their heels in swearing by the benefits of being a vegetarian or a non vegetarian respectively. There is, however, a worldwide trend of more and more people crossing over and becoming vegetarians.


I will present  you both the side’s argument and leave it to you to decide which way to go.firstly,

WHY TO BE A VEGETARIAN?


The structure of the human body is not suited for eating meat. Dr. G. S. Huntingen of Columbia University, in a essay, pointed out that carnivores have short small and large intestines. Their large intestine is characteristically very straight and smooth. In contrast, vegetarian animals have both a long small intestine and a long large intestine. Because of the low fiber content and high protein density of meat, the intestines do not require a long time to absorb nutrients; thus, the intestines of carnivores are shorter in length than those of vegetarian animals. Humans, like other naturally vegetarian animals, have both a long small and large intestine. Together, our intestines are approximately twenty-eight feet (eight and a half meters) in length. The small intestine is folded back on itself many times, and its walls are convoluted, not smooth. Because they are longer than those found in carnivores, the meat we eat stays in our intestines for a longer period of time. Consequently, the meat can putrefy and create toxins.so, there are N number of problems our body may face due to meat.

And then it comes to pain those unvoiced animals go through 😦 .If you are unaware of how cruelly these animals are treated for the sake of your taste.This video is for you,watch it before moving ahead.

Now after watching this, do you think i need to speak more on this part?

You will hear at times meat eaters saying,if we will stop eating them, they will multiply  fast enough to create problems for us. DUDE!the human population on this planet is 7.2 billion!!

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Clear your misconception:

It is often falsely believed that meat eaters are stronger than vegetarians, but an experiment conducted by Professor Irving Fisher of Yale University on 32 vegetarians and 15 meat-eaters showed that vegetarians had more endurance than meat eaters. He had people hold out their arms for as long as possible. The outcome from the test was very clear. Among the 15 meat-eaters, only two persons could hold out their arms for fifteen to thirty minutes; however, among the 32 vegetarians, 22 persons held out their arms for fifteen to thirty minutes, 15 persons for over thirty minutes, 9 persons for over one hour, 4 persons for over two hours, and one vegetarian held his arms out for over three hours.


This was why you should be a vegetarian.Now,

WHY NOT TO BE A VEGETARIAN?


 Plants Do Not Feel Pain or Suffering, Only Animals Do

This is probably the strongest ethical reason to go green. Let us consider these easily ignorable facts first:

1. Plants have changed and evolved in more complex ways and varities than any other life form on Earth.

2. Plants do feel pain(same as we do).

3. Plants try defend themselves against being eaten by other species.

4. Plants do communicate.

Going on the most ethically controversial point first: Yes, plants do feel pain. But let us first ponder over the definition of pain from our own perspective: Pain is characterized as a sensation felt by our brain that something bad is happening with our body or a part of it. The moment our muscles, organs, skin or tissues get damaged in any way, they instantaneously transmit a “distress signal” via nerve signals to our brain so that we can take preventive actions. In most of the animal life, the nerve cells send signals to the brain, all interconnected via a central nervous system. Since plants lack a central nervous system, it is very convenient for people  to assume that they do not feel pain or suffering like we or animals do. This blatant assumption is completely flawed. Plants do feel pain, and even counter-react and in some cases, fight back!

The Red Queen Phenomenon

Our Earth is 4.5 billion years old . Yes, 4.5 BILLION years! The first plants developed around 3 billion years ago. Animals developed much much later, around 600 millon years ago. we (modern humans) evolved only 200,000 years ago! That implies plants were here on Earth much longer than animals (including us) and evolution had a larger imprint on plants. But it is hard to even think of plants as actually evolving. For most of us it seems as if evolution happened only with animals with a constant green background. As if the flora is merely a mute spectator to the rather dazzling evolutionary games being played with animals over millions of years. This constant struggle just to stay alive is popularly known as the Red Queen Phenomenon.

So plants are alive, and they do communicate and have senses.Plant senses may not be the same as animals, but that does not imply lack of sensitivity.

Infact the J. C. Bose, the great Indian physicist was one of the first in the world to prove that plants not only feel pain, but respond and communicate in their own ways. Here is an excerpt taken from his page on Wikipedia:

“In his research in plant stimuli, Bose showed with the help of his newly invented crescograph that plants responded to various stimuli as if they had nervous systems like that of animals. He therefore found a parallelism between animal and plant tissues. His experiments showed that plants grow faster in pleasant music and their growth is retarded in noise or harsh sound. This was experimentally verified later on.”

So plants do feel pain as they use electro-chemical signals just like us, it just that their processing system is different than animals. But that does not mean they do not have senses.

To know more about feelings of plants.Read this interesting blog,Do plants have feelings?

Side effects of becoming vegetarian

There are several medical studies linking vegetarian diets to lower incidences of certain types of cancers, heart disease, Type II diabetes and other chronic diseases. Many news headlines say vegetarians live longer than meat eaters.
Thinking about going veggie? Before permanently clearing out the steak knives from your kitchen, consider some of the following possible side effects of becoming vegetarian:
1. Low cholesterol levels
2. Increased risk of colorectal cancer
3. Lower bone mineral density
 4. Lower levels of vitamin B12
 5. Insufficient levels of omega-3 fatty acids.
ETC.

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   well, if you know above facts, this is what obviously will come to your mind.Anyway,it’s your call whether to be a non-vegetarian or a vegan.If you ask me, i m a 80-20 vegetarian.the reason why i do not eat non-veg much is because i  don’t like the taste of the NON-VEG foods i have tasted so far.Also somewhere down the line i can’t see animals being treated this way(even though i know plants feel the same when cut/slit but being a human you cannot see it which makes it easy for us to eat them).

Anyway,thank you for reading.If you liked it ,hit like and share,follow me as well.you can also comment on it.Thanks once again!
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