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By Scotty Kowall

I have come to the conclusion that I am an addict. The drug of choice is meat. I love the taste of meat. I know it is the flesh from a living mammal. I find it disgusting to think that an animal is killed for my pleasure, yet I not only eat it, I relish it. The taste of a rare steak, prime rib or juicy hamburger is too much for me to eliminate from my diet even though I know eating meat is bad for both the Earth's environment and my own body's environment...
Eating meat is probably the worst thing one can do to the environment, worse or at least equally as bad as using oil or gas in our daily lives. I have learned from the documentary Cowspiracy that the cultivation and raising of cattle for our food consumption along with the methane produced from cow farts is more destructive to the environment than all the fossil fuel polluting cars currently on the highways. I know that if I quit eating meat it would be the single best thing I could do to end global warming; more than recycling, more than using a hybrid car. Yet I still eat meat. For the record I neither use a hybrid car nor recycle. I enjoy my 2006 Tiburon SE, it is a fun car to drive with great pick-up, I just couldn't see myself in a wimpy hybrid and unfortunately I can't afford a Tesla. As for recycling I covered that back in 2001. I eat meat; I know the beef I eat is responsible for increasing the greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming. The world would be better off if I didn't eat meat. Don't get me wrong, I like salads and I like pastas but as it happens I like meat too... I have a friend who is a vegetarian. He looks pale and sickly, like he is doing hard drugs. If I looked like that I would do the drugs. The irony is consuming meat is as dangerous as consuming drugs. Studies have shown that eating processed meats are as dangerous as smoking cigarettes. The World Health Organization recently announced this however I stopped eating most processed meats several years ago when I saw a study showing hotdogs and other processed meats cause colon cancer. Back then I regularly ate hotdogs, salami, corned beef and other delicious meats. The study I read at the time mentioned that 7 out of 10 people who ate hotdogs or other processed meats developed colon cancer. That is pretty good odds that my continued diet of processed meats would eventually kill me so I quit hotdogs and most processed meats cold turkey. That is right I stopped cold turkey. No more regular eating of hotdogs, salami or corned beef. I limited myself to one hotdog a year. No more salami sandwiches and only the occasional Reuben sandwich. I have eaten little processed meats in the last several years. I have eaten plenty of beef, chicken and the flesh of other living creatures just not so much processed. Any food that includes nitrates I stopped eating, not just meat, store bought pickles too...
I have always known red meat was not healthy but more for increasing one's cholesterol. Now it turns out red meat carries a risk of cancer, lower than processed meats but a risk just the same. To make matters worse the recent study shows that high-temperature cooking by pan-frying, grilling or barbecuing produces the highest amounts of carcinogenic. Steak tartare anyone? Throw out your barbecue it just might give you and your family cancer...
So here is the deal. If we all quit eating beef we could end global warming and all live longer lives. It is a noble idea, a better world and a healthier life. If you can become a vegetarian or better yet a vegan, I applaud you. I however know my limitations and although I will cut down on my beef intake I cannot stop eating meat. I am a meat addict. If I don't eat meat after a week I start to crave it. So until someone has devised a way for me to get my beef fix vaping through an e-cigarette device, I will continue to eat a delicious rare steak, prime rib and juicy hamburger, although not as often as in the past...

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