Modified Vegetarian Ethic EthicalThis is my entry in the "Tell Us Why It's Ethical to Eat Meat - A Contest" contest, as per N.Y. Times.
I would like to offer a thoughtful view toward the New York Times judges' panel, one that is often overlooked. This viewpoint may require readers to step from their usual comfort zone and consider some little-contemplated thoughts.
Those that raise livestock for human consumption differ little from those that raise other varieties of food and fiber for human diets. Livestock that graze -- cattle, sheep, goats, etc. -- are consumers of grass and other leafy plants. These animals are "vegetarians."
By consuming the new form of such greens -- which means adding "vegetarian meat" to one's diet -- one can actually still be considered to be a vegetarian!
Sure, that's a bit of a stretch, but it's like fuel becoming pollution as soon as it is utilized. Does it cease being fuel because of the user's use of it? It becomes "modified fuel." This applies to gasoline, coal, woodstove pellets, etc.
Based on my thoughtful consideration of this topic, you have my view that it is simply the eating of modified vegetables, which might make vegetarians relax a bit as they wear their leather shoes, made from -- naturally -- vegetarian cattle.
By Julie Kay Smithson, modified vegetarian consumer
Smithson has been a lover of both vegetables and modified vegetables since first consuming solid foods almost sixty years ago. She resides among many green plants and green plant consumers, both two- and four-legged.