Granted, bacon meant pig meat in general, but I suspect those English peasants figured out that the crispy stuff was tasty long before mass-marketing.
The real issue is that there are plenty of valid reasons to not eat meat, yet there are nutjobs and extremist organizations that resort to false propaganda and distortion of the facts to get people to become vegetarian. Not only is that deceitful and in my opinion unethical, it reduces the credibility of those who raise substantiated reasons to be vegetarian.
Extremists will tell you that humans are not meant to eat meat and that we can't digest it. Let's be honest here. Meat tastes good. Humans have canine teeth, and are omnivorous. Humans are capable of digesting meat. All these things are true, pseudo-scientific propaganda to the contrary.
So it drives me crazy that extremists float these ridiculous, easily disproven arguments when there are perfectly good, rational reasons to not eat meat. Some of those reasons are ethical, i.e. why cause an animal pain and suffering to sustain yourself when you can eat plants. Some of those reasons are environmental, i.e. land for cattle grazing reduces forested area and increases methane levels in the atmosphere. Some of those reasons are social, i.e. there are lots of people starving in the world, and meat is an incredibly inefficient food source because you have to feed a cow something like four times as many calories to raise it as you get out of it in the form of meat. Some of those reasons are medical, i.e. meat intake raises your risk of heart disease and colon cancer.
Clearly there are lots of good reasons to not eat meat, but for some reason people want to make it into a fricking holy war and be completely irrational about things. And when vegetarians act like idiots, it makes observers want to club a baby seal just to spite them. I don't blame them, either.
I'm starting to rant now, but I need to toss in one last thing. There are a number of problems that stem from consumption of meat, some which affect you on a personal level, some which affect us all on a global level. Many organizations that promote vegetarianism will give you the impression that you have to completely give up meat, or you're evil, which is total crap. Having that steak doesn't mean you're going to hell, and by the same token, if you reduce your consumption of meat without giving it up completely, you're at least helping to alleviate the problem.
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