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If you ask a little kid what their favorite food is, 9 out of 10 will probably answer “pizza” or “chicken nuggets” perhaps followed by the enthusiastic proclamation of “ice cream!” For the majority of children raised in the U.S., eating meat and dairy products is a given, they’re foods our parents eat and their parents ate and so and so forth. We learn to eat food that is easily available and tastes good and rarely stop to question what sort of impact our food choices have on other people, animals, and the planet. In fact, many of us operate under the assumption that eating meat and dairy is normal, natural, and even necessary … but is this because that is an irrefutable truth or rather the result of our social programming?

In a recent episode of #EatForThePlanet with Nil Zacharias, Dr. Will Tuttle challenges this premise and explains what influences our food choices and further why it is we believe so wholly that we need to consume animal products.

Will is an award-winning speaker and author of The World Peace Diet, he is also a former Zen monk with a Ph.D. from U.C., Berkeley. In this conversation, Will speaks openly and practically about how simply practicing mindfulness can open our minds and hearts to a deeper understanding of how our society shapes us. With this, he illustrates how our food choices create the world around us and posits that an enlightened food system can only happen when individuals adopt an enlightened view of their role our global ecosystem. Every choice we make has a ripple effect on others, but by stopping and questioning the source of our choices, we can all start to create a positive impact rather than negative.

Trust us, you don’t have to be a Zen master to understand these ideas and fostering an enlighted food system might be simpler than you think! If you want to change the way you see the world and the food we choose, listen in!

 

You can listen to the full episode below or on the following platforms: iTunesGoogle PlaySpotifyStitcher.


If you like this episode, be sure to subscribe to the #EatForThePlanet with Nil Zacharias podcast for new episodes with food industry leaders, health, and sustainability experts, as well as entrepreneurs and creative minds who are redefining the future of food.

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40 comments on “Is Eating Animals Normal and Natural? Time to Question Our Food Programming”

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Sandie Tripp
5 Months Ago

It is time!!!!


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Sherrie Panda
5 Months Ago


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Jay Sav
5 Months Ago

I'm a vegan but I do hate when people try to argue if eating meat is natural. The bottom line is your human gut has the protein to break down meat if it didn't then you would be like a chimpanzee that if fed continuously a meat diet dies within a few years. Meat had it's purpose many many thousands of years ago, but in this day there is no reason to consume it. Arguing if it's normal to slaughter billions of animals a year, wreck havoc to the environment, and inflict suffering on a massive scale is a much easier argument to win because eating meat is no longer necessary.


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Nayoka Combe
5 Months Ago

I don't know if it is natural or not for humans eat meat. I have stop eating meat four years ago, I still here, I don't need it, I don't missed it, for my experience I believed humans don't need kill animals to feed themselves, I found it very cruel what we humans do other living creatures, mostly to feeding us. Think how do you feel if someone treat humans us we treat, cows, pigs, chickens, rabbits......


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Cassandra Rice Metcalf
5 Months Ago

It is not necessary for humans to subject living animals to the horrors of animal farming in order to eat . We have soooo many other and better ways of eating . The average person would be traumatized for life to see what happens at a slaughterhouse.....Beyond cruel . Not me ... I will not propagate this ...to many other ways to eat ....and much healthier is just an added benefit of being vegan .


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Helen Patricia Smith
5 Months Ago

Perhaps the question should be " is it necessary? " which it isn't. If you see the process they go through there is nothing natural or kind about it- it's a horror. Most humans would be appalled if they had to face it and would stop eating it.


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Art Reyes
5 Months Ago

IT'S MANKIND


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Daniel Bélanger
08 Jan 2018

It's ignorance

Aaron Lathrop Miller
5 Months Ago

As a vegan, it seems clear that eating animals is normal and natural, but it is not at all necessary anymore. We are biologically ominvores, and it is ignorant to ignore this fact even as a vegan.


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Victoria Hanshaw
08 Jan 2018

We are omnivorous because we eat both, that doesn't then mean that's the natural human diet. It's been shown that our digestive system is more similar to that of herbivores actually. There's plenty of websites showing why we are more similar to herbivores. We are behavioral omnivores not biological omnivores. https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/214390

Price Aaron
5 Months Ago

Perfectly natural.


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Vita Searle
07 Jan 2018

No, the only part of a human that is omnivorous is our teeth, the rest of the digestive system in herbivorous.

Victoria Hanshaw
08 Jan 2018

Our teeth aren't omnivorous, our canines are for eating fruit, try eating raw meat using those canines, you'd struggle! Most other primates use their even bigger canines for ripping and tearing into fruit!

Price Aaron
08 Jan 2018

Raw meat is actually more tender.

Sherrie Panda
5 Months Ago

Deborah Baas do your research all over the world plants Berry's fruit seeds ectra was man's main diet


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