I can respect the whole vegan/vegetarian action some people adhere to, you know, it’s a free country – whateva! At least they’re practicing what they preach, supporting their cause, all that jazz. It’s more than a lot of people do. I can also respect the whole “green” survivalist movement; you know, peak oil, global pollution, warming, etc. – whateva! Those people often sympathize with the vegetarian movement as well. In the end we’re all on the same TEOTWAWKI side …. so long as you don’t try taking my last TEOTWAWKI Twinkie after the shit hits the fan.
All of that being said, WTSHTF vegetarians must drop their non-meat ways …. or die!
The anti-meat crowd can live their happy vegan ways prior to a doomsday scenario, but if/when such mayhem happens, the sooner they drop their vegan ways, the better off they’ll be. There will be a dietary adjustment period as their bodies have to adjust to bacon again, but it’s a must.
This is not to say I dislike PETA’s marketing strategies. In fact, I like them quite well.
No, what I’m saying is that even the ultimate TEOTWAWKI vegan warriors with grand organic gardens and radical food preservation techniques will need meat; unless they’re fully self-sufficient with their garden now, but even so, what are the odds their gardens will provide all their dietary needs after the shit goes down? Little to none. Plant lots of soybeans, vegan warriors. Got protein?
Squirrels, porcupines, groundhogs and whatever else will need to get harvested whenever the opportunity arrives. Grasshoppers, grub worms and …. just about any insect that isn’t furry should get tossed into an otherwise vegetable stew. Hit that herb garden to spice it up – yum!
To support my argument, let me provide select quotes from a recent NPR article discussing the pre-historic role meat played in our early ancestors’ diet:
Our earliest ancestors ate their food raw — fruit, leaves, maybe some nuts. When they ventured down onto land, they added things like underground tubers, roots and berries.
It wasn’t a very high-calorie diet, so to get the energy you needed, you had to eat a lot and have a big gut to digest it all. But having a big gut has its drawbacks. The brain was the poor stepsister who got the leftovers. Until, that is, we discovered meat.
So sometime in our evolutionary history we actually shared saliva with wild dogs and hyenas. That would have happened if, say, we were scavenging on the same carcass that hyenas were.
But dining with dogs was worth it. Meat is packed with lots of calories and fat. Our brain — which uses about 20 times as much energy as the equivalent amount of muscle — piped up and said, “Please, sir, I want some more.”
As we got more, our guts shrank because we didn’t need a giant vegetable processor any more. Our bodies could spend more energy on other things like building a bigger brain.
So there you have it. Got easy-to-digest caloric intake? Enjoy your turnip dinner now, vegan ninjas. Enjoy bacon WTSHTF.
– Ranger Man
BTW: If PETA tries a marketing campaign like this one after the shit goes down, cannibal freaks might actually walk away with the packaging ….