- 甲南女子大学研究紀要. 人間科学編 (ISSN:13471228)
- vol.41, pp.57-70, 2005-03-18
Our country has long lived on rice. However, meat consumption has gained in quantity during the last half-century. The eating of meat has been growing in popularity. It differs completely from eating food from vegetable matter. Here arise several points for discussion: 1. Killing animals is an act of cruelty. 2. Since the amount of energy needed in producing meat is ten times greater than that for producing grain, the productivity of meat production is lower than that of grain. Grain can feed far more people than meat. As a large swell in the population of the world is expected, we will surely face a shortage of food. 3. Eating meat intakes not only protein, but also animal fat. It is injurious to our health. It can cause obesity, heart disease, cerebral blood problems and cancer. 4. It may be difficult to avoid infections such as bovine spongiform encephalopathy, foot-and-mouth disease and chicken influenza in raising cattle or pigs and breeding chickens. Such affected animals are not fit for providing a steady supply of food. Plants and grain are better qualified as food sources. 1 looked over the Bible to pick up some ideas about the contract between God and man, His ideas on eating meat, and the co-existence between man and animals. Here I have followed up the Book of Genesis, which consists of fifty chapters. The contents of the Book of Genesis are as follows: the Creation of Heaven and Earth, the Garden of Eden, Cain and Abel, from Adam to Noah, the Flood and Noah, the New World Order, the Tower of Babel and the Family Tree of Abraham, the Story of Abraham and the First Half of the Life of Isaac, the Latter Half of the Life of Isaac and the Story of Jacob, the Family of Esau, the Last Blessing and Death of Jacob, and the Death of Joseph. Finally, I came to understand "what" and "how" man eats, how man eats "meat" and how "created man, plant and animal" can co-exist.