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if you go to the comments section Gingerspark had this to say.
Gingerspark 10 February 2011 at 10:27 AM #
Short answer: Yes. Humans can survive and thrive.
As a person with ::ahem:: several academic degrees in Nutrition I can assure you that humans can and do survive and thrive on a VARIETY of diets.
Our eating habits evolved based on where our ancestors lived, what foods were available to them, and what their “spiritual” teachings were.
Our ancestors ate what was available to them; what they found and what they grew; not every climate and soil-type can sustain the same edible plants and animals. Over time spiritual/religious beliefs were overlaid and voila! We have the cultural traditions of today.
I believe that it is our “privileged” status as rich Westerners that permit us to be self-righteous about our diets. We not only have enough, we have too much. We can decide what we eat, what we won’t eat, and what form we will eat it in.
We are fortunate enough to be able to ‘live to eat’, rather than other less fortunate individuals on our planet who ‘eat to live’ (and often don’t have the option to be picky)
People who have the luxury of choosing what lifestyle and diet they what to follow are more than free to do so.
Omnivores, vegetarians, vegans, gluten-free, additive-free, raw food diets, only organics, 100-milers, self-sufficient “off-grid” survivalists… they are all valid choices on which an individual can not only survive, but thrive! Some choices are just way more ‘work’ than others.
Some individuals choose their diets based on strong beliefs (religion, ecology, green-lifestyles, love of animals, etc), and some choose because of their health (food sensitivities, allergies, heart health, cancer, etc). I’ve even heard of people who choose their diet to annoy others (“It freaks my family out that I’m vegetarian”).
I’m all for diversity! What I am against is aggressive conversion techniques, evangelical diet gurus, and the propagation of conspiracy theorist misinformation designed to use guilt/fear/ etc to make others fall into line.
In other words – do whatever you do because that’s what you want to do and it’s what you chose to do. Own it. But don’t make up unsubstantiated and unsubstantiated-able facts/myths/conspiracy theories/pronouncements as excuses or reasons.