Is It Better to Eat People Than Pigs?

I recently read Michael Pollan’s Food Rules, a handbook that lists 64 rules for eating wisely. While at a coffee shop, I shared the following rule with my husband:

Michael Pollan’s Food Rule 24

“Eating what stands on one leg (mushrooms and plant foods) is better than eating what stands on two legs (fowl), which is better than eating what stands on four legs (cows, pigs, and other mammals).”

My husband said, “Does that mean it’s better to eat people than to eat pigs?”

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Hey there. Iā€™m Celeste, California girl, writer, psychotherapist and burgeoning plant-based foodie.
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15 Responses to Is It Better to Eat People Than Pigs?

  1. Mike Lince says:

    Paul is a quick wit – I would have expected nothing less! šŸ™‚

  2. Your hubby sounds like a riot! Is he an engineer, perchance? His question is so logical! šŸ™‚
    Now riffing in my mind: “I enjoyed his liver with fava beans and a nice Chi-ANN-ti. . .”

  3. Aaaccckkkk! He’s inside my head! That would make flamingos (birds who stand on one leg) in line ahead of other fowl. . . Oh, Saturday, here we go. . šŸ˜›

    • Great comment! And this is totally out in right field, but your comment reminded me of how I used to live on Flamingo Drive as a kiddo in the 70’s, and how almost everyone on the street had at least one of those plastic lawn flamingos. What a funny memory! Celeste šŸ™‚

  4. Shannon says:

    Love it!! Though I don’t know this first hand, it is my understanding that human flesh is very similar to that of a porcine. And when one thinks of “complete protein,” the protein from its own species is the most perfect form one can get. Don’t expect me to be cannibalizing anytime soon. Much easier and tastier to each a big bowl of yummy turnip greens. šŸ™‚

    • I’m going to admit that I’m not smarter than a 5th grader. When I read your comment I didn’t know what a porcine was. I had to look it up (for anyone else wondering, it’s a pig!). Anyway, I find it very suspect that you know that pigs and humans taste similar. Is there something you’re not admitting girlfriend? Haha!! Celeste šŸ™‚

  5. Lol..loving the thread to this conversation. Yes your husband does have engineering genes in him for that quick wit..

  6. Lorrie Wenzler says:

    Great line Paul!

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