Below is a response I wrote to a girl on Facebook who was promoting a vegeterian lifestyle because of its "environmental benefits" and the cruelty of humans to animals....
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because it gives reason to pause and be thankful for the blessings that we often overlook. I'd like to share a few blessings I'm thankful for:
1) As an American citizen, I'm thankful to live in a country that has a higher standard of living than many places. Most of us have the luxury of choice when it comes to food; we can eat in restaurants, eat specialty label food, eat higher priced proteins. These choices are a luxury! The average American citizen spends about 10% of disposable income on food, compared with other countries that spend anywhere from 20-60% on food. On the flip side of that coin, we often talk about the "poor people in third world countries", but what about the 36 million people living in poverty right here in the US that have the same nutritional requirements as affluent people but a fraction of the income? Meat provides valuable nutrients that are readily absorbed by the human body to keep us functioning at our best. As the least cost protein, poultry products allow even low income families to eat nutritiously. 100 billion pounds of food are wasted each year...I wonder if those 36 million people would turn their nose up because of fears of "environmental damage" or "inhumane treatment"?
2) As a consumer, I'm thankful that I can find a grocery store on practically every street corner that is always stocked with nutritious, safe, affordable food. Only about 2% of the American population is involved in food production, so that means that 98% of the population can rest assured of constant, easy access to food. What a blessing to know that farmers are doing such a great job keeping our mouths and tummies full!
3) As the 6th generation in my family that is involved in production agriculture, I am thankful that I was raised to have the utmost respect for precious resources that provide nutrients and sustain human life. Farmers care for the land, their water resources, livestock, etc. in a way that best utilizes and preserves the resource while supporting food production. American farmers have become so effective that 1 farmer feeds 144 people!
4) I'm thankful that tomorrow I'm going to sit down with my family to a table overflowing with food. My hope is that everyone around the globe could do the same, though I know that isn't going to happen. I'm thankful though that farmers across America are working day in and day out to get a bit closer to making that a reality. Lets also remember that there is limited unbiased & nonpolitical science that supports the human-caused climate change religion. And besides, warming of third world countries won't matter much if people are dying of malnutrition.