windmiller wrote:I agree that a largely plant based diet is more healthy for most people. Consuming good quality meat in moderation is healthy too - as long as you enjoy the taste.
Enjoy the taste? Yes, that may well be the issue for some wavering veggies. I think the main reason for 'lapsing' is that they crave after the taste of - say - a good juicy steak. Something that now repels me.
Which kind ot meat did it take me longest to 'go off'? Perhaps chicken. I don't think I'd reject a piece of chicken if there was nothing else to eat. But this puts me in mind of a little story. I'm an avid fan of wild mushrooms (are they sentient? We'll get on to that later!)
. There's a particular species called "chicken of the woods" which is supposed to taste like - well - chicken breast. Well, I usually ignore that one, but once I did pick some, cooked it and tried it. I thought it was horrible! It must be one of the very few edible fungi that I don't like. So if it really tastes like chicken (which I doubt) - goodbye to chicken!
I disagree that plants and fungi are not sentient beings however, so the ideological/moralistic arguments for chosing to eat them rather than animals is blinkered by sentimentality bias towards living organisms less alien and more akin to ourselves.
I think there's no answer to that. It depends on what you mean by 'sentient'. One interpretation of the word is that it applies only to creatures that can 'think' like humans. Used in that way mostly by SF writers, I guess!
Anyway, who can possibly know what a plant or fungus (or indeed an invertebrate) 'feels'? That's akin to asking, what does it 'feel' like to die? No-one has come up with a rational answer to that last, either - but we're all going to experience it sooner or later...