Buffalo Meat – The Cure for Vegetarianism
Lately it seems it has become “cool” for folks to go vegetarian. This is especially true for the youth in urban areas. If you listen to the press, eating only vegetables and/or abstaining from meat or animal products altogether is perhaps the most virtuous choice a human can make.
By listening carefully we “learn” that vegans and vegetarians are returning to humans’ ancestral roots and are eating as humans were meant to eat. Further, we “learn” that if everyone shunned meat the planet would be saved. Supposedly, all sorts of environmental ills, from global warming to polluted ground water, would be solved. Furthermore, an all veggie lifestyle is purported to be the most healthful for the human body.
We’ve all heard this, but is any of it true?
Upon closer study we learn the only truth is that a lot of young people think it’s cool to shun meat. The veggie lifestyle has an undeserved aura and some serious pitfalls.
Let’s start with the historical claims that humans were ancestrally vegetarian. Archeology doesn’t support this premise. Primitive cultures are and always have been in an epic struggle for calories and dense nutrition. Meat may have been scarce at times but it was never shunned. It is the most nutrient dense food that an omnivore, such as the human, can attain. Only folks who live in a sedentary urban environment, replete with ripe, out of season veggies, often shipped from opposite hemispheres and kept from spoiling by refrigeration can approach a true veggie lifestyle. The veggie lifestyle is a thoroughly modern invention.
Let’s review a few of the supposed environmental claims that living a veggie life purports. In this naïve utopian view of agriculture, it is supposed that all soil fertility can come from plants alone and animals are not needed. In reality, the value of animals in a nonchemical based agricultural system is paramount. Without animals to convert inedible vegetable matter into valuable nutrients (fertilizer) the soil fertility will steadily decline. Only in our modern, chemical-based society can crops be grown without animals. This is accomplished with oil-based fertilizers. An organic-based production system on the scale needed to feed the masses must use animals to maintain fertility.
Furthermore, most of the earth’s usable land mass is grassland – not farmland. Grass has no nutritive value for humans. The proper use of grazing animals is essential for grasslands to survive. Dry grasslands that are not grazed desertify and die. Grazing animals convert grass to a nutrient-dense, healthful food for humans. This system of humans properly grazing animals on grasslands can be sustained without oil-based additives indefinitely. Animals are needed to keep the earth healthy.
I’m a people watcher. It is one of my pastimes to try to determine if a person is a vegetarian by judging outward physical clues. It’s easy for me to verify my guess by simply offering the person a piece of tasty buffalo meat while I’m doing a demo. If they decline, I always ask why. I’ve found vegetarians are most proud of their diet status and very willing to share why they declined.
The clues I look for are simple to notice; these include extremely fine “mousy” hair, poor skin color (pasty), taunt, poorly toned muscles and dull eyes with dark circles under them. Advanced symptoms include stooped shoulders and an overall frailness or weakness. Since I spend hours and hours offering samples of buffalo meat to the public I have gotten pretty good at spotting a person suffering from the poor nutrition associated with the veggie life.
I must say that I have been fooled numerous times. I attribute this to one of two explanations. First, I think lots of vegetarians cheat. Meat is so nutrient dense that just a little can make a big difference. Secondly, I really do believe some folks have the needed advanced diet training, access to the necessary veggies and I’ve conceded some may even be genetically predisposed to survive and appear healthy on a veggie diet.
Perhaps the most telling story concerning the health of vegetarians comes to me from a health food store manager in Virginia that I have gotten to know over the years. He commented to me one day that he was short staffed – again. It turns out that several of his employees were out sick. He mentioned to me that he has learned over the years the time vegetarian employees take for sick time is multiple times of what balanced, meat-eating employees take. When hiring, he even tries to determine if the prospect is a vegetarian. If the prospect is, then he will not hire him. He just can’t afford to depend on a work force that is unhealthy. On this day, the veggies won and he lost.
Buffalo meat is the cure for vegetarianism because it is very nutrient dense. It is understandable and even desirable that folks want to limit their meat consumption. In so doing, the value of the nutrients that the meat provides to the overall diet is even greater. If you are only going to put a small bit of meat in your system you better make sure it is the best!
Over the years we have worked with several vegetarians who have studied these issues for themselves and have reached the conclusion that for their optimum health it is best to eat a little of our high-quality, naturally-raised buffalo meat regularly. We agree!
Eat healthy! Eat Buffalo!