The Omnivore’s Dilemma

by Mark Tassi

In the wild, the omnivore doesn’t have a dilemma, save that of the meddling of man with its natural habitat. The real dilemma facing the “omnivore” is that of mistaken identity, namely the human caught in the wave of so-called civilization conditioned to think it is an omnivore when in reality it is not.

In the last post, the relation between man and the primate was discussed. It was shown that not only is man related to the primate, but is indeed a primate himself, namely an anthropoid primate. It was also discussed that each species has its own specific diet and that all anthropoid primates are herbivores/frugivores.  Furthermore, to deviate from any species specific diet, be that of man or beast, is fraught with a multitude of problems.

A case in point is Nazi occupied Norway. In 1940, all livestock in Norway was confiscated by the Nazis for supply of the German army thereby forcing the general populace to subsist on a plant-based diet. Norway experienced a sudden and dramatic drop in all circulatory diseases (see the graph below). Then in 1945 when the war was over and the consumption of animal products resumed, Norway saw a sudden rise again of these diseases.

This was a lesson that was unfortunately missed, but the lesson is simple. The real omnivore’s dilemma can only occur when the “omnivore” in question erroneously thinks him that, when in reality and quite obviously, that is not the case.

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