Studying diet is complicated. Studies may ask people to remember what they ate weeks previously or find a relationship that’s barely significant. If a study finds that burgers cause a 10-percent increase in an ailment that you only have a one-in-a-million chance of getting, for example, then pass the ketchup and mustard.
But why play defense to the anti-burger blowhards? If you really want to make vegans catatonic, let them know that a bovine-based diet actually kills fewer animals than being vegan. Think about it: A single cow, which can be pastured, provides loads of delicious protein, while the production of vegetables and grains requires the steady killing of pests that might pick off crops, to say nothing of the field mice decimated when a combine harvester rolls through. One Australian professor calculated that producing wheat and other grains results in “at least 25 times more sentient animals being killed per kilogram of useable protein.”
There’s nothing wrong with being a vegan, of course, but there’s nothing wrong with tweaking a self-righteous one, either. And our “plant-based” friends aren’t always wrong in promoting veggies: Mashed potatoes and creamed spinach go great with steak, and grilled asparagus and squash hold a great flavor. But in the spirit of summertime, they need to relax, kick back and let even the most carnivorous make their own choices.