TaN: Not all meats are created equal – primary, secondary, and tertiary. Contrary to the belief by most, including the so-called experts (in nutrition and in medicine), there are many variations or versions of the same thing. This is the principal concept behind the science of sterochemistry or chiral chemistry – notably, known for the studying mirror molecules.
The most fundamental and simplest explanation is the element Carbon. There are three familiar forms of Carbon: coal, graphite, diamond. All three are forms of pure carbon, yet they differ greatly in their (physical) characteristics. Coal is black while a diamond is translucent (when raw) to transparent (when cut and polished). While coal and graphite are both black, graphite is slippery (and used as a lubricant, aside from being the “lead” in pencils) but coal is used as a fuel and (quite) hard. Yet all three are essentially pure carbon, differing only in their molecular structure or arrangement.
In the case of meat, while all meats are primarily protein (made up of different amino acids), there are fundamental differences. But, not to delve into chemical analysis, the simplest average Joe’s explanation would be: primary meat comes from herbivores and plant-eaters, secondary meat comes from primary predators (or those that eat plant-eaters), and tertiary meat comes from carnivores higher up in the food chain – all the way to the top.
In this toxic world, it is bad enough that plants are already absorbing toxic chemicals from their environment – mainly from the soil and from water – so herbivores accumulate the toxins absorbed by the plants from the environment. Imagine how much toxin is taken up by herbivores are they eat the plants. Now, imagine how many herbivores are eaten by primary predators – in the process, amassing even greater amounts of toxins in their secondary meat. Finally, consider the amount of toxins are collected in the tertiary meat of secondary predators.
To illustrate furtther, if a single plant, say a blade of grass, takes up even just 0.01 gram of toxin (which is minute) a day. Suppose a cow eats even just 100 blades of grass – which is but a mere mouthful – it would have ingested 1 gram per mouthful. Let us now say that the cow takes 20 mouthfuls per day – that would be 20 grams a day. Continue with understanding that a cow will not be ready for butchering until after 5 years. Compute the 20 grams per day by 365 days a year and by 5 years. You come to 36,500 grams or 35.5 kilograms of toxins. Ultimately, compute how may cows you will be eating in your lifetime. And, this is basing our arguemtn on “organic” or grass-fed cows. Try to comprehend how much more toxins you will be eating when you consider the indiustrial genetically-modified unnatural soybean feeds that are fed to conventional factory farm or feedlot cows that most people are eating.
And, if you think eating fish is any better. Know that most commercial fish – like the tuna, swordfish, salmon, shark (where we get shark’s fin), etc – are the top predators of the ocean and they provide tertiary meat. Imagine the mercury and other toxin – that are dumped and/or washed to the ocean from agriclutural runoffs, from industrial sewage, from households (solvents, expired pharmaceuticals, other chemicals), etc – that collected by krill and by plankton, to be eaten by small fish, then by bigger fish, and all the way to the biggest fish. And you think eating fish is healthier, especially the wild-caught variety. And we have not yet considered those that are (aqua) farm raised – also fed with food pellets loaded with chemicals and toxins.
Plant eating is the the least unhealthy way to go.
TaN: Animals rarely get sick and they have no physicians. Why? Because they know what to eat and how to live.
We have been given our “instructions” on life yet we choose to ignore it. Where can it be found? To quote from God, in Genesis 1:29 [KJV] of the Holy Bible, “And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.”
“Meat”, in this sense, refers to food or meal – not literally meat – because if the Bible were referring to (animal) meat, it uses the term “flesh”.
As to the directive to Noah, after he came out of the ark after the Great Flood, in Genesis 9:3 [KJV], “Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.” In this verse, God gave Noah and his family permission to consume meat – “Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you…” – because there were no plant life anywhere immediately after the Flood.
God’s instruction was not to take (into the ark) every animal in pairs – one male and one female – as most of us have been commonly misled to believe but “Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female.” (Genesis 7:2). “Clean” would refer to herbivores and “unclean” would be the meat-eaters.
“Clean” animals or herbivores had to number than twice the “uncldean” animals or carnivores because, after the Great Flood, there would be little plant life available and the carnivores will need a food supply. If there were only two of every kind, the carnivores will quickly run out of food. Not only will the herbivores become extinct fast, so will the carnivores – when there are no more herbivores to eat, so they will either have to eat other carnivores or starve.
In connection with this, Noah and his family will also add to the strain on herbivores if they compete with them by also eating the meager (and just budding) plant life. This is why God gave Noah and his family to eat meat, but it was only given to them and not to everyone else after them.
Finally, man, as omnivores – i.e., our digestive system can handle both plant- and animal-based nutrients – do, on occasion and only during exceptional situations, accept animal protein, our ancestors confined their source mainly to either plant sources – such as legumes and as lentils – and small animals – such as insects and their young or larva. By ancient tradition, our forefathers hunted large game only during times when plant sources of food are scarce or unavailable – like the Inuits or Eskimos and the cave paintings depicting hunts involving mammoths and mastodons and wolly rhinoceros, giant elks and sloths during the ice age(s).