Sharing food generates a pleasantsensation and creates social bonds. It is true that when you are welcomedsomewhere, not eating the food that has been prepared for you may be wrong,especially when your refusal is based on ethical principles. Picture marchinginto a party, and presented with two varying delicacies based on culinary attachment:on one hand, a locally grown steak, a cow raised on good old grass and withouthormones. On the other hand, a highly processed soy burger that has been grownsomewhere far away, with lots of unpronounceable ingredients.
The choice would beeasy as a vegetarian. The soy burger is definitely the “moral” choice- based on the least animal suffering, the least carbon / water misuse, and thebest way for many to sleep at night.The relative importance of ethical eatingand table companionship will vary depending on the situation. Failure to eatlike everyone else can put you out of the way, a great number of vegetariansfind that after their “conversion” they are less frequently invitedto eat with family or friends due to the detachment. As for the new vegetarians,they sometimes invite less than before these same people, with a reasoning thata meal without meat may be unattractive to their guests.As a vegan, in order to get yourself somefresh food, start a big garden, and you will realize concretely thecontradiction between defending the rights of animals and the destruction ofanimal habitats through agriculture. Agriculture does not lead to the death ofan animal, but also to that of the absolute ecosystem.In conclusion, life is not attainablewithout death.
It’s not just the animal that was killed on your plate, there’severything that was killed to produce what’s on your plate, including those whodied in the process. How many rivers have been blocked and drained foragriculture, forests razed, layers of topsoil turned into dust and blown by thewind? How many species are threatened by agriculture? Eating soy will not bringthem back.