We don't all have to be vegetarians. But losing the connection we have with our food chain has all sorts of long term impacts; on our health, on the welfare of our planet and on our spirit. Eating an animal which has suffered its entire life cannot be good for us, physically or spiritually. Better to eat less meat, more plant based foods, saving money for organic, free range/grass fed meat and poultry. Put your money where your care is, present and future. And truly, if you could see what these animals go through, most of you would completely change the meat and poultry you choose to eat.
Michael Pollan puts it well:
“What is most troubling, and sad, about industrial eating is how thoroughly it obscures all these relationships and connections. To go from the chicken (Gallus gallus) to the Chicken McNugget is to leave this world in a journey of forgetting that could hardly be more costly, not only in terms of the animal's pain but in our pleasure, too. But forgetting, or not knowing in the first place, is what the industrial food chain is all about, the principal reason it is so opaque, for if we could see what lies on the far side of the increasingly high walls of our industrial agriculture, we would surely change the way we eat.”
― Michael Pollan, The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals