Silence is the virtue of fools. -Sir Francis Bacon
Question #90204 posted on 08/25/2017 4:26 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

A girl on an LDS mom group I'm in on Facebook is freaking out about eating meat. She watched a couple of documentaries about farm factories on Netflix, and now she doesn't understand how LDS people can eat meat in good conscience knowing how terribly the animals are treated. People shared a bunch of scriptures about God being ok with us eating meat, including D&C 89:12.

Now she wants to know why no one mentioned D&C 89:13 where it says to only use meat in times of cold and famine. I honestly don't really understand what that verse is talking about, so I couldn't help her understand. Do any of you have insight about what that verse is trying to say?

~I've got bigger things to worry about right now than where my meat came from, but I wish her luck in this cause she has undertaken

A:

Dear you,

We've come a long way in terms of humane slaughterhouses. Yes, it's not perfect, but it's not what it used to be either.

D&C 49 actually tells us not to forbid people from eating meat. Verses 18-19 state, "And whoso forbiddeth to abstain from meats, that man should not eat the same, is not ordained of God; For, behold, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the air, and that which cometh of the earth, is ordained for the use of man for food and for raiment, and that he might have in abundance." And then verse 21 adds the warning: "And wo be unto man that sheddeth blood or that wasteth flesh and hath no need."

Currently, I'm eating the Paleo diet. I feel so much better on the diet than I used to, which makes me strongly suspect that I'm intolerant or at least sensitive to grains. How does that fit in with grain being "the staff of life?" (D&C 89:14) I don't know. Is it okay to eat a diet that's primarily meat and vegetables when we've been told to use meat "sparingly?" I don't know. All I know is that I've felt strongly impressed for the last two years to find a diet that works for me, and I think I'm finally really getting there.

God has "ordained [meat] for the use of man with thanksgiving." (D&C 89:12) Worrying too much about eating meat doesn't seem like thanksgiving to me. But I agree that care should be taken to not be wasteful.

The world was different two centuries ago. If people ate their livestock when they could have been eating their crops, they would run out of food. That's one possibility for what it means to only use meat in times of cold or famine. Also, sparingly could be talking more about "eat what you kill" than about how much you eat. It says to "use" meat sparingly rather than to "eat" meat sparingly after all.

Of course these are all just my opinions. This is an issue I'm still trying to figure out in my own life.

-Kirito

posted on 08/26/2017 10:04 p.m.
I would like to point out that not *all* meat comes from factory farms. Those documentaries are made to raise awareness that that those farms exist, but are not meant to represent the conditions at most farms. My family actually operates a grass-fed beef farm, and those cattle lead a very happy life. If you look/ask around a bit, you can probably find meat from a similar source.
Being conscious of where your food comes from is good in general, but I feel that the problem in this situation is not meat, but man. The fact that some people treat their animals inhumanely for the sake of their meat does not imply that we should not eat any meat at all, but that we might not want to eat meat from such a source.