Have any of you been watching the Human Planet documentary series of Discovery? It is absolutely a fantastic show. I watched the arctic episode last night and it followed the inuits and how they hunt and eat. I don't see how any vegan can argue that we are only supposed to eat veges. It's abundantly clear that some cultures have no option.
I guess my hack is, what do you think the driving force is in our culture for grain consumption over meat? Availability? Government guidance? Some these cultures have the ability to utilize agriculture but their main food source is meat and fish and the completely understand the value of utlizing the entire animal.
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We can't sustain the current population of the planet without grain. As I seem to remember from my junior high history class, agriculture caused the population explosion which in turn allowed civilization to advance. Was it The Worst Mistake in the History of the Human Race?
Thousands of years of poverty and political oppression keep people eating lousy diets.
I was particularly bummed about the Ethiopians protecting their millet crop from monkeys. It would suck to know you'd starve if the local monkeys ate all the grass on a particular hillside...Hey, why not eat those delicious looking monkeys?! Oh wait...their protected by the government... (I am in no way condoning the killing of endangered species for food, the Gelada lives only in the Simien mountain range. But with a conservative management strategy/hunting season, maybe the Ethiopians could eat better...of course humans usually screw it up by being greedy.)