This was originalyl from a diet on a conversation about eating high animal fat diets.
I disagree with some of this, the claims its not high fat animals foods being over consumed. Its just factory farm animal foods only, not organic and the modern processing causing the health issues. National Geographic did an article on two eskimo women that were found frozen for hundreds of years and thus preserved they both were young and had atherosclerosis from their high fat diets. They ate all organic all the time and lived in a pollution free environment.
You can read the writings of the first medical general of America in the late 18th century when everything was all organic. The health of the citizens of Boston and how poor it was when the Amerindian tribes health were excellent, he pointed out the wealthy classes of Boston ate a high fat, animal based diet for every meal, were the Amerindians ate mainly, maze a starch plant diet and some meat. The Amerindians had none of the bad health and incredible longevity.
You can go back to Ovid and see the comments on the health of people eating super high fat diets of animals and how it negatively effected their health.
A lot of this sound like some Paleo paper. That shifts the blame off high fat, animal based foods onto modern processing. Guess what Westerns have also been eating more meat, eggs and dairy then ever before as well and now they are suffering the exact same illnesses the people who ate the same experienced for thousands of years.
The fact seems to be we are not so well adapted to eat massive amounts of animal foods. How many got heart disease from Potato's or Oatmeal..... A lot get it thought from eating too much meat and eggs. That is documented beyond a doubt. We probably started off as plant eating from findings then adapted to meat and animal products as extra source of food and as plan B to survive as well. If the crops failed grab the bow and go hunting. Tacitus mentioned the German's only ate meat in the winters.
The Roman's ate ninety percent plant food diet as well. We have adapted to require some nutrition from animal products because of eating it for over a million years but the amount of adaptation is the important part to understand. Take it all out and you need supplements to stay alive, eat too much and you have to take pills to stay alive from your doctor.
That's a point we can eat raw meat but that can make you sick and kill you. Were cooking it just to stay alive mainly.
The human taste buds are designed for starch, sweet, salt. I worked in uptown steak place. The amount of stuff people want done to the steak and other meats before eating makes the meat match the categories above. Because raw meat and just meat is not made for the human palate.
I also notice the sensitivity people have to watching slaughter house footage the vegans put out as shock propaganda. The slaughter houses were put far outside the towns and residential zones in the cities by law and the raw meat had to be covered up in the wagons when brought into town by law for peoples sensitivity. That is not the reaction of a very carnivore people. They don't like the smell of blood and raw flesh it does not just make them salivate with pleasure.
But everyone loves to walk into a bake shop its aroma therapy.
If you took a group of kids and their parents to a petting zoo and brought a lamb out and let them pet it and such. Then pulled out a knife and sawed his head off in front of them as it screamed and kicked around and blood flew over everyone. Then hacked it up and gave offered them some. How would they react? Not like you just cut a piece of cake and handed it to them would they. They probably all need therapy. Even the adults who know were meat comes from and the kids who still are young enough to be connected to their instincts before social conditioning takes over. Not a very carnivore group. However they will all eat lamb chops if offered on a plate at the table. Covered with seasoning as the normal taste.
This had to have started as a survival thing. Humans are the only meat eaters that try and kill their prey as quickly and painlessly as possible. Out of EMPATHY.....
I don't think its an instinct to hunt and kill animals, like something people have but have become soft to, most people are naturally repulsed by horror and gore and don't want the smell of blood up their nose. You have to train people to be able to psychologically withstand violence and even they still get disorders when exposed to it. Human's left to their own will usually only use violence for survival. Psychopathic and other dysfunctional elements will use it for other reasons and gains. A culture that becomes overly militant usually destroys itself in time. Note all war propaganda does one things manipulates peoples survival instinct.
I was raised in a rural, semi-rural area and was exposed to animal slaughter at a young age. Many of my family and those around hunt normally as well. My family members had also been mainly farmers who slaughtered their own animals. I remember feeding the animals in a friends family, animal farm the chickens, pigs and goats and watching the cows graze in the meadow. Never once did it occur to me instinctually to kill any of these animals or that they were food. I also never had the desire to hunt animals either. They hunt them for food. But I just didn't care about it. My instinct to animals is kindness.
I think this really started off as a survival thing and from some writings it was the only way our ancestors could survive the long European winters in the North and else where. And this over time became a cultural norm. When we started to domesticate animals for food this was an expensive economy and it was a sign of status to be able to eat animal foods regularly just look at the Fehu rune of wealth it relates to cattle as they were the main source of material wealth. This is why the God of abundance is always shown jolly and fat. The money to eat fat foods mainly from animal sources.
I think when animal slaughter was turned into a factory line industry and the prices dropped out for people to be able to eat this all the time. Some of it was the psychology of scarcity that caused them to start eating it as much as possible. Similar if tomorrow lamborghini's and Mercedes were on sale for affordable prices to the mass public. That is all you would find on the roads. This over eating of them became the new normal and people were just raised doing it and its the cultural conditioning. The market place of the Meat, diary and egg industries have promoted this with massive amounts of cash and power as well and lobbies.
The population has been paying for this ever sense. The Armor company that started the industrial slaughter business in the 19th century the two founders of it both died of heart disease from over eating their own products.