Five important reasons not to eat meat

By Else Byskov

Let us start by stating that eating meat is not vital to our survival. We can live perfectly well without ever having eaten a piece of meat. So, when we insist on eating meat it has nothing to do with it being indispensable in our diet. It is highly dispensable and, as we shall see below, it is highly recommendable, not to say essential, that we stop the production of meat and the shooting and catching of animals that have as much right to be here as we do. There are at least 5 important reasons why we should stop the consumption of meat.

  1. The evolutionary reason

All living beings are on an evolutionary journey from primitive and ignorant to advanced and wise. For each life we live, we evolve a little bit and move away from very selfish behaviour towards more altruistic behaviour. We, the human beings that inhabit the planet today,  were once predators driven by selfishness and our survival instinct. We were carnivores and the killing of our prey and devouring it was a vital condition to our own survival. If we did not kill and eat other living beings, we would not survive ourselves.

But that is a very long time ago, and since then we have evolved to the advanced, humane beings of today. And to the extent that we now stand above the ferocious predator on the ladder of evolution, meat is unsuitable to us as food. And why is that? It is because as we evolve, our mentality changes. Our many experiences and sufferings over thousands of lives recreate us from beasts in the jungle to humane, altruistic human beings. With this change in mentality our dietary needs change because the mind creates the body, and with a kinder, milder disposition, our bodies no longer require such a coarse diet as meat. Eating meat would be natural for the ferocious Viking whose life consisted in plundering, raping, and killing, but to the extent that we can no longer do those things (well, some still can) a diet of meat is unsuitable because its digestion puts too much strain on our body. Our digestive system can no longer cope with such coarse food, and in the long run it undermines the health of the body. I shall come back to this point but let me sum up the first reason: If you cannot kill the animal yourself, you should not eat meat. It is not for you. You have outgrown the killing principle on your evolutionary journey.

2. The ethical reason

In order to produce meat we must keep the animals we want to eat in captivity. When these animals are born, they have already been caught, and we raise them solely in order to make them fat enough to be slaughtered, quartered, and eaten. They live in small sties with not enough space to move and often they are tied and immobilized. Their lives are miserable to say the least.

The process of procreation to produce more kilos of meat has been transformed from a natural process involving a sexual act to a 100% technical method of inseminating the cow or pig via a catheter introduced into her uterus by the arm of a vet.

The semen needed  to fertilize the cows or pigs is obtained via the bull´s or boar´s forced masturbation on a contraption called a spring, made to look and smell like a female of their species. The semen is then divided into smaller portions so that a number of females can be fertilized from the same male. One portion of semen from a bull can fertilize 1200 cows. In that way fewer males are needed and this leads to the immediate slaughter of male calves, for instance.

In the case of cows, their calves are taken away from them just after birth, which is an act from which both the cow and the calf suffer greatly. The cow lows her emotional pain out towards her surroundings, but to no avail. If her calf is male, it will be killed immediately after birth. If it is female, it will be taken from her after 24 hours and then raised apart from the mother. The cow is then milked and milked and milked until her production slows, at which time she is again inseminated and so on until her output is no longer deemed profitable and she is slaughtered. The average life span of a milking cow is 5 years. The normal life span of a cow is 25 years.

A similar process takes place with poultry, in which case the male chicks are killed just after hatching, in a contraption called a macerator, resembling a blender. The hens are confined in coops where they can hardly move because in that way their eggs are easy to find and take.

This whole unethical process is upheld for only one reason: to make money. The desire for profit lies above everything else: morals, ethics, humaneness, compassion, and love of animals. In this connection it can be noted that the mammals we eat are on an evolutionary journey just as we are, and they stand only a small step below us on the ladder of evolution. They are sentient, intelligent beings with feelings and an evolved consciousness. They have as much right to a decent life as we have. And as long as we deprive them of that we sow a very dark karma for ourselves. More about this later, but let us sum up: If you find this treatment of other living beings horrendous, you should stop eating meat and dairy.

 3. The health reason

One of the biggest superstitions that is still believed is that we need to eat animal protein to survive. It is either us or the animals. The animals must die so that we can live. The idea that we need animal protein to survive is so strong today that business endeavours have been built on this false assumption: we must now eat insects and worms because we need a lot of protein. The superstition about our need for animal protein is so strong that millions of dollars have been invested in businesses that tell us to eat insects and worms in order to get enough animal protein without them taking steps to investigate if this assumption is actually true.

And it is not. We do not need more than 30-40 gr. of protein per day, and this can easily be covered on a plant-based diet. It is much better for our health when this protein comes from plants. Plants are full of protein and this goes not only for pulses such as beans and lentils, but also for peas, corn, spinach, broccoli, asparagus, mushrooms, Brussel sprouts and nuts, to mention a few. Even potatoes and bread have protein and getting enough of it on a plant-based diet is no problem at all. Hardly anybody on a plant-based diet suffers from protein deficiency.

In recent years, a lot of research has been carried out about the healthiest diet for humans, and it is clear that a whole- food plant-based diet (WFPB) is by far the best for our health. In his book: “HOW NOT TO DIE”, Dr Michael Greger lists the 15 most deadly diseases that most Americans die from, including: circulatory and heart diseases, all types of cancers, diabetes, digestive diseases, arthritis, rheumatisms and tumours, boils, and lung diseases to mention some of them. All of those diseases can be avoided on a plant-based diet. And those diseases that are not yet too advanced can be averted and healed on a WFPB diet.

This may sound too good to be true, but it is not. It is a proven fact that switching to a plant-based diet can cure and has cured thousands of people from debilitating illnesses. See:

Now, the reason why a plant-based diet is so much better for our health may not be well understood, but Martinus with his cosmic consciousness has explained it: the vibration in meat is simply too high for our body to deal with in the long run. When we eat meat, we put muscle fibre from large animals into our body. The vibration of this muscle fibre is higher than or on level with our own vibration, as our body also consists of muscle fibre. When we eat meat, it needs to be digested, but it can only be when our body can create a vibration that overpowers the vibration of the meat.  This requires a lot of energy on our part, and it is the reason why we feel weak after a meal of meat. We often have to go and lie on the sofa because there is no surplus energy to do anything else.

Now, when we do this several times a day year after year, this constant overwork that our body is on in order to digest the meat undermines our health. A body whose health has been undermined for 50 years or more is no longer a healthy body, and sooner or later it succumbs to the diseases mentioned above. The body is ill, and now nurses and doctors have to save it. But it is often too late, and pain, suffering and a premature death is the result.

Furthermore, the acid – base balance of the body should be around a pH-value of 7. A diet of meat, fish, cheese, and eggs creates an acidic environment in the body, whereas a diet of fruits and vegetables creates an alkaline environment. A lot of diseases thrive much better in an acidic environment, so your health improves with an alkaline diet.

On a plant-based diet the body is never put on overwork. It has no problem whatsoever digesting plants, pulses and fruits, and good health ensues. A WFPB diet creates an alkaline environment in the body in which diseases cannot thrive.

So, to sum up: If you do not want to get the diseases mentioned above and want to live a healthy life with a fully functioning body, you should adopt a plant-based diet.

 4. The climate reason

The climate of the planet is in crisis. This is due to multiple factors and one of them is the production of meat. It is estimated that the production of meat is responsible for as much greenhouse gas emissions as the whole transport sector. Cows and other ruminant animals (like goats and sheep) emit methane, a potent greenhouse gas, as they digest grasses and plants. This methane contributes to global warming and it seems that this trend is difficult to stop. Furthermore, meat production contributes to deforestations in, for instance, the Amazon and other forest areas.

But one way to help the climate would be to go plant-based. The production of plants helps the climate due to the process of photosynthesis in which the plants produce oxygen and use carbon dioxide in the process.

In addition, the meat production is very hard on the Earth´s resources. The animals we eat require food and water, and it is estimated that 70 %  of all grain and grass produced goes to feed animals. If we skipped this step and produced food for humans instead, we could feed many more people. It has been estimated that a country like Denmark, which has 6 million people, could feed 29 million people if we skipped the meat. This means that the same amount of soil could yield food for almost 5 times as many people.

We could eliminate global hunger and starvation at the same time as we helped the Earth heal.

So, if you want to contribute to a healthier planet and  a better future for yourself, your children, and your grandchildren, then you should definitely adopt a plant-based diet!

5. The karmic reason

The biggest reason for not eating meat, and one that is rarely mentioned because people just do NOT understand this connection, is the karmic aspect. This aspect may not be widely known, but it is high time that it is taken into account as its consequences  are dire.

Our fate is ruled by the law of karma which, in all simplicity, decrees that we reap as we sow. I can also put it in another way: What we do to others, we eventually do to ourselves.

When we hate, lie, steal, cheat, hurt, harm and kill, then these actions will come back to us as our fate. But also, when we are kind, helpful, friendly, compassionate, and all-loving, then these aspects will come back to us. They will come back because there is no straight line in the universe and all energies move in cycles. The actions we perform will come back to us as our fate in the same life as they were sent out or in a later life.

Karma is not a punishment but a loving instruction teaching us to become real, finished human beings that cannot hurt, harm, and kill.  It is life´s supreme principle of pedagogic.

When we treat other living beings as ´things´ without any consideration for their well-being only to make money, we sow very dark karma for ourselves. When we shut them up in small sties or cages only to kill them when they get fat enough, we sow very dark karma for ourselves. We will reap this treatment as our own fate.

You may now say that we cannot create karma via our treatment of animals, that karma only works for our treatment of other humans. But that is a huge mistake. All life forms are sacred and we have been told that we should not kill. NOT KILL. An animal is a living being with as much right to a decent life as we are, and all life forms should be respected.

When we participate in the killing of animals via our consumption of meat, we create dark karma for ourselves. We only have karmic protection to the extent that we protect other living beings. We will be without protection from accidents, natural disasters, and misfortunes as long as we are accomplices in the killing of animals.

The moment we stop eating meat and participating in depriving other living beings from years of their natural life span, our old karmic ´debt´ will be erased in our karmic ´account book´. It will be erased because karma is not a punishment, but a loving instruction, and as soon as we, via our behaviour and actions, demonstrate that we have learned the lesson, no more instruction is needed. We are then debt-free in this area of life.

So, to sum up, if you want to avoid being killed in a traffic accident, contracting disease, contributing to global warming, or most importantly, adding more dark karma to your karmic ´account book´ you should adopt a plant-based diet. You can learn more about karma in this enlightening book:

There is not one good, valid reason to eat meat and the sooner more people realize this, the better. Our future and the future of the planet depend on it.

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