Did you know that people can be allergic to meat? Neither did I, until I read this Radiolab podcast. The episode covers the discovery of an allergy to the sugar "Alpha Gal," which is found in red meat. The allergy can be triggered by the Lone Star tick, and prevents people from eating meat without experiencing an allergic reaction.
This podcast does touch on vegetarianism and veganism, and concludes with a brief introduction on the idea that people who don't eat meat are morally superior. The subject of the podcast who developed a meat allergy, Amy, is a meat lover who unexpectedly becomes allergic to meat. While she misses meat, she says at the end of the episode that if given the choice to not be allergic to meat again, she would choose to stay allergic to meat. She explains that while she doesn't think that she has the strong enough will to not eat meat of her own volition, she agrees that the habit of abstaining from meat is morally superior and more in line with her personal morals. Amy also cites factory farming, environmental degradation, population expansion, and the animal agriculture industry as good reasons to not eat meat.
I think that most people who have considered the issue of eating animals would agree with Amy. When totally separated from the emotional and addictive properties of eating meat, people would choose to not eat it at all. This is an example of how people are weakened by the immediate rewards of eating certain foods. We are slaves to our taste buds. When given distance from eating decisions, we can make more rational choices that are more in line with our deeper morals.
So how do get more Lone Star ticks out there in the world?