…between vilifying and encouraging/enabling obesity?
…between vilifying and encouraging meat-eating??
…between vilifying and encouraging plant-based diets???
Why is it so hard for anti-vegetarian meatatarians and militant vegans to find some common ground?
Is our society so inured by bullying as to prefer that to simple dialogue? Are we so fraught with internal guilt that we simply plug our ears like small children and sing “lalalala” rather than hear what the “other side” has to say?
A few small steps, a little listening, a little speaking…is it too much to ask? Can we not simply explore options and encourage the exchange of knowledge without one side or the other feeling persecuted?
It is this article from the Huffington Post “Being Fat in America” by John Robbins which got me thinking about these questions. It got me thinking about the polarity of this issue and how that polarity prevents progress. It’s obvious from reading many of the comments that rather than pausing a moment to contemplate the article and engage in a productive discourse, it seemed to force people to jump to the defense of their own lifestyles and choices. It is apparent that an issue which should be so basic and universal is instead so intensely personal as to be filled with complexity.
Really though, can’t we all take a step back..or a step out of our “every day shoes” and look at the larger picture? The picture that includes not only nutrition and pleasure, but society, economics, environment, health care, etc…. And then start making decisions based upon what is really in our best interest…the interest of our children and their children, our neighbors, communities, and the world?
Really, what should be simpler than food? To quote Michael Pollan (neither a carnivore, nor herbivore, but an omnivore): “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”
Extra Credit reading:
Unhappy Meals -by Michael Pollan
Published: January 28, 2007 in The New York Times
An Omnivore Defends Real Food-by Tara Parker-Pope
Published: January 17, 2008 in The New York Times
Where do you stand on the issue of food? What makes this a complex issue for you?? And what can we do to encourage open, honest dialogue???