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How's that for a heavy topic?

This is probably going to be one of those rambling posts, but I just thought I would relay a couple of anecdotes and see what kind of discussion it will generate.

I mentioned to a coworker, a devout Christian, one time about my goal of being vegetarian. She commented that God commanded man to eat everything, including meat, in the Bible. However, in what I read in Genesis, God says, "I have given all the seed-bearing plants and trees for your food."

A Jewish friend agrees with me but says that later God told the Jews it was ok to eat certain meats, subject to kashrut, or Kosher dietary laws. Technically, under Jewish law these would only apply to Jews and not gentiles. I believe that stuff is in Leviticus. (This was probably what my coworker was referring to).

I know that some eastern religions may discourage meat eating (does Buddhism? I don't know) and that in the Hindu religion, cows are considered sacred and are not to be killed for food.

I am not especially religious myself, but I find myself more convinced by evidence that man has evolved to be vegetarian. I read a convincing study a while back (sorry, I can't cite the source) that pointed to the way our teeth are formed (flat, with only very residual canines--and canines (pointy teeth) are found in carnivores, while flat teeth are found in herbivores), as well as internal organs (the appendix, for example, is a residual organ originally thought to help with digestion of fiber-y foods) and the length of our intestines (longer for herbivores, shorter for carnivores).

So, what do you guys think? Anyone feel like we should be veg because God commands it, or because we have evolved to be veg? Anyone have more info about Godly commands any religions to eat or not eat meat?

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