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Future Vegetarians/genetic engineering

Jun 12, 1998 04:03 PM
by Thoa Thi-Kim Tran

>The same argument can be applied to plants, in a more
>strict definition of vegetarianism, and say that plant
>food that involves the killing of the plant is bad, like
>the eating of a potato, but food not involving the killing
>of the plant is ok, like eating an apple not hurting the
>apple tree.

Living that way is possible.  That means that you're limited to legumes,
vegetables in the squash family, fruits (includes the tomato), grains, bell
peppers, and eggplant.  I would miss my carrots and green leafy vegetables.
Since I love gourmet cooking, it would drive me crazy to be that limited.
I make my judgment based on how sentient the animal is to me and whether
they're under threat of extinction.  For example, I eat seafood, but not
dolphins or whales.  I kill insects.  I'm not sure how sentient an insect
is.  In fact, a crawling, unpredictable insect can be created from items
bought from Radio Shack and put together based on Chaos Theory.  I saw that
on a TV program about present development of robots.  I'm looking for a
book that would give me more details, but no dice.  Anyway, I never heard a
turnip scream.

Thoa :o)

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