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According to a 2009 poll, around 1% of American adults reported eating no animal products. In 2011 that number rose to 2.5%--more than double, but still dwarfed by the 48% who reported eating meat, fish or poultry at all of their meals. In this country, most of us are blessed with an abundance of food and food choices. So taking into account our health, the environment and ethical concerns, which diet is best? Are we or aren't we meant to be carnivores?

  • Paul Butler

    3 Items
    • Former Federal Prosecutor & Professor, Georgetown Law
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    Paul Butler, author of ‘Let’s Get Free: A Hip-Hop Theory of Justice,’ talks about jury nullification, and current issues in the war on drugs and criminal justice with Post-Exchange reporter Jamie Loo.

    Thursday, April 8, 2010

    If you are ever on a jury in a marijuana case, I recommend that you vote “not guilty” — even if you think the defendant actually smoked pot, or sold it to another consenting adult. As a juror, you have this power under the Bill of Rights; if you exercise it, you become part of a proud tradition of American jurors who helped make our laws fairer.

    Tuesday, December 20, 2011

    I have jury duty on July 2, and I can't wait. If I get put on a jury in a non-violent drug case, I'll vote "not guilty," based on my principles -- even if I think the defendant actually did it.

    Wednesday, July 1, 2009
  • Nick Gillespie

    4 Items
    • Editor-at-Large, Reason
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    Gillespie and Welch answer the question: ‘What does a libertarian think about the war on drugs and how do we change it?’

    Wednesday, June 15, 2011

    Gillespie speaking at an SSDP conference on the topic of ‘What Would a Sensible Drug Policy Look Like,’ and discussing how drug prohibition functions as a ‘structuring event’ in American life, forcing all sorts of activity to pay hypocritical and misdirected lip service to a Just Say No mentality.

    Saturday, October 25, 2008

    Legalize drugs and then tax sales of them. And while we're at it, welcome all forms of gambling (rather than just the few currently and arbitrarily allowed) and let prostitution go legit too.

    Wednesday, May 20, 2009

    Why is it that ostensibly pro-drug movies can never quite deliver the goods, can never quite depict drug use as something other than depraved?

    Thursday, March 1, 2001
FOR

Campbell argues that a vegan diet is healthier than diets that include meat and dairy products, while Rodriguez says it's healthy to eat meat and dairy products as part of a balanced diet that includes each of the major food groups.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012
T. Colin Campbell and Nancy Rodriguez

A meat-eating nutritionist offers a balanced take on vegan and vegetarian diets.

Monday, February 8, 2010
Marion Nestle

Compelling data from nutritional studies, population surveys, and interventional studies supports the effectiveness of a plant-based diet and aggressive lipid-lowering to arrest, prevent, and selectively reverse heart disease.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Caldwell Esselstyn

Animal products cause more damage than [producing] construction minerals such as sand or cement, plastics or metals. Biomass and crops for animals are as damaging as [burning] fossil fuels.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Felicity Carus

Concern about how we treat farm animals is far from being limited to the small percentage of people who are vegetarians or even vegans – eating no animal products at all.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006
Peter Singer
AGAINST

Unlike most nutritionists, we also say go ahead and eat both the dark meat and the skin.

Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Jeff Volek and Adam Campbell

According to the USDA, a healthy eating pattern emphasizes nutrient-dense foods and beverages—vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products, seafood, lean meats and poultry, eggs, beans and peas, and nuts and seeds.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
USDA

In short, livestock have a role to play in nature just like plants and minerals, and therefore they have a role in a well-balanced permaculture system.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Simon Fairlie

To give up eating what made us who we are possibly endangers us genetically and socially.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Michael Ruhlman

The author’s vision of ‘rational meat eating,’ where environmental and health impacts are reduced, animals are treated more humanely, and alternative sources of protein make a higher contribution.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Vaclav Smil

Eating meat and cooking food made us human, enabling the brains of our prehuman ancestors to grow dramatically over a few million years.

Monday, November 26, 2012
Christopher Wanjek
Polls

5% of American adults consider themselves to be vegetarians, 2% say they are vegans.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Frank Newport

According to a 2011 poll conducted by Harris Interactive, 2.5% of Americans are vegan, and and another 2.5% are lacto-ovo vegetarian, meaning they still eat eggs and/or dairy.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Lisa Hymas