Has Vegetarianism Gone Out Of Style? Ctd

This recipe for squirrel melts will surely get another "gross" from Zack:

by Chris Bodenner

A reader quotes from the latest installment of the vegetarianism thread:

"Published figures suggest that, in Australia, producing wheat and other grains results in: at least 25 times more sentient animals being killed per kilogram of useable protein; more environmental damage; and a great deal more animal cruelty than does farming red meat." The problem with this is that it (like many things that try to use this as an argument against a vegetarian or vegan diet) is that it neglects to mention the fact that livestock farmers use more of those grains to feed their animals (the eventual red meat) than any vegetarian or vegan would ever consume. So in turning away from meat one might consume more grains directly, but less grain would still be used overall, and therefore the idea that the use of grain is contributing to more deaths overall is moot.

Another agrees:

There may be a case to make that beef production results in less animal death … in Australia.

Has Vegetarianism Gone Out Of Style? Ctd

If everyone became a vegetarian, animal suffering and death might actually increase:

Published figures suggest that, in Australia, producing wheat and other grains results in: at least 25 times more sentient animals being killed per kilogram of useable protein; more environmental damage; and a great deal more animal cruelty than does farming red meat.

A reader chimes in:

I must respectfully rebuff the idea put forth by Ms. Hymas that vegetarianism and veganism are somehow passe when the data clearly do not support that.  

Has Vegetarianism Gone Out Of Style?

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Herbivore Lisa Hymas feels passe:

People look at me with a mix of pity and confusion, like I’m some holdover from the ’90s wearing a baby-doll dress with chunky shoes and babbling on about No Doubt. I can see what they’re thinking: "You’re still a vegetarian?" At some point over the past few years, vegetarianism went wholly out of style. Now sustainable meat is all the rage.