Skip to comments.The End of Meat Isnít Here: More Americans Are Eating Fish and Wild Game
Posted on 05/22/2020 3:57:41 AM PDT by Kaslin
A recent New York Times op-ed by Jonathan Safran Foer titled “The End of Meat is Here” chastises meat-eaters as haters of poor people, racists, and enemies of the environment.
“If you care about the working poor, about racial justice, and about climate change, you have to stop eating animals,” the novelist wrote.
He added, “We cannot protect our environment while continuing to eat meat regularly. This is not a refutable perspective, but a banal truism.”
Are Americans eager to nix meat from their diets? Fat chance. In fact, more people are consuming wild fish and game meat in wake of the coronavirus pandemic. For those especially worried about factory farming or meat shortages, these options—not vegan or vegetarian ones—are great alternatives.
Compared to red meat, wild game is packed with iron, zinc, leaner in fat and is hormone-free. Fish is also a good source of healthy omega-3 fats, selenium and vitamin D. In comparison, plant-based “meats” like Impossible Burgers and Beyond Burgers contain more saturated fat and are heavily processed.
With the recent surge of license purchases, outdoor industry experts and thought leaders are very optimistic about the growth of and interest in hook and bullet activities.
Matt Morrett, marketing director at the Pennsylvania Game Commission, said more Pennsylvanians are taking to the field. Hunting license sales, he said, are up 1.46 percent with 858,619 general hunting licenses purchased as of May 3rd, 2020. This is welcome news for the agency. In the last five years, the department documented a 3-4 percent slump in sales. The Keystone State, however, still boasts the second largest share of hunters in the U.S. after Texas.
“People are becoming naturalists more and more every day,” said Morrett. “People are really taking advantage of the opportunities. And probably people that haven’t done it for a long time. Quite frankly, because they have the time.”
He added, “No doubt in my mind that the participation rate is up and just through attrition, we’re going to experience hunting license numbers go[ing] through the roof. Without a doubt.”
Brad Luttrell, co-founder and CEO of the GoWild App, said the pandemic has afforded people more time to go afield with their families—especially in pursuit of delicious, free-range food.
“Family recreation is back in style, and with a pending meat crisis, there's no other activity that can compete with the cost effectiveness of the entertainment and food acquisition that hunting and even fishing provides,” Luttrell said.
Back in March, his company announced $250,000 in available marketing funding — $5,000 to individual states— for state wildlife agencies that encourage safe fishing and hunting practices.
Scott Leysath, host of “The Sporting Chef” on Sportsman Channel, said eating fishing catches and hunting harvests has been trending in the last 10-15 years.
“It just seems fairly obvious that for those who have thought about maybe getting out and finding that sustainable high protein, renewable free-ranging organic food source, ‘Maybe I ought to try what dad tried to get me to do years ago,” Leysath said.
“Just to get out of the house right now sounds pretty exciting too,” he added. “I mean, to get out and go shoot a turkey or shoot a pig or shoot whatever we happen to have in season right now, which isn’t a lot. Getting out of the house as opposed to distancing yourself from your friends. To me, it sounds a lot more fun than stay[ing]-at-home.”
Michael Pendley, Realtree’s Timber2Table blogger, explained the pursuit of organic meat is natural since Americans are prioritizing self-sufficiency now.
“The breakdowns in the food chains have made people take a closer look at where their food comes from and how many people handle it before it makes it to their tables,” Pendley said.
“People are realizing now that wild game is healthy, nutritious, and, most importantly, delicious.”
Jeremiah Doughty, proprietor of From Field to Plate, similarly echoed this sentiment and recommended bird hunting as a good starting point for new hunters.
“Bird hunting is your cheapest and easiest way to get into hunting from turkey, dove, quail and pheasant,” Doughty said. “Duck hunting is also a blast, but takes a little more effort, money and time.”
Georgia Pelligrini, bestselling author and TV host, believes returning to our hunter-gatherer roots should be celebrated even after coronavirus has run its course.
“Learning fundamental self-sufficiency skills like hunting and gathering our own food, or growing it in pots, windowsills, raised beds or a full garden, means that we aren’t at the mercy of any global or local events,” Pelligrini said. “We can rely entirely on ourselves to be content. To me, practicing those skills allows us to achieve our greatest potential as humans. It’s what we were designed to do.”
Pelligrini is confident her forthcoming PBS program “Modern Pioneering” can be a resource for those interested in taking up these pastimes. Due to the coronavirus, the program is unable to air as originally planned. She launched an IndieGoGo campaign to boost support for the show’s mission.
Why celebrate the surge of license sales and subsequent interest in organic meat in these trying times? It’s encouraging to see these activities, especially hunting, start to bounce back. It’s been at historical lows compared to fishing participation. The oft-cited 2016 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service survey noted from 2011 to 2016, hunting atrophied after two million participants aged out or quit the sport altogether.
Not only a positive sign for sustenance and self-reliance, the surge of license sales is very good for conservation. Excise taxes collected on guns, ammunition, and licenses primarily fund hunters education courses, habitat restoration efforts, and wildlife conservation projects here in the U.S.
Calling for an end to meat is foolish and self-defeating. Millions count on animal protein to survive, especially the poor among us, and to maintain balanced diets. Instead of chasing veganism or vegetarianism, Americans are giving fishing and hunting a shot to nourish their appetites and feed their souls.
This is a good time of the year for groundhog on the grill. A great treat for a Memorial Day cookout.
I laughed while munching a double bacon burger.
At the local Food Lion, London broils were $7 about 2 years ago. Had gone up to $10 and $12 so I stopped buying them. Yesterday, $23! Someone is really engaging in price gouging.
Since restaurant industry worldwide has been immolated in the Covid fire, there’s plenty of Meat at the market over here.
Wow, from $7.00 to $23.00? If that isn’t price gouging, I don’t what is.
Give me a piece of sirloin (medium rare),a cheeseburger (ditto) or a nice piece of chicken and I'm as happy as can be.
Always been that way...always will.
I went to the grocery at the onset of all this. I really only needed a few odds and ends, Id already done a serious refrigerator-filling trip.
The place had been pretty well picked clean of many items. No milk, no eggs, no chicken, no beef, no paper products, etc.
However there was this one end-cap coffin freezer sitting there that was fully stocked. It had the Beyond Burger and similar products. I wish I had taken a picture.
Our local Sav A Lot had T-Bones for $3.99/lb. Didn’t have to tell me twice.
Been eating wild game for almost 70 years, primarily Elk, Whitetail and Mule deer. Don’t eat elk much anymore but still put 2-3 deer a year in the freezer. Lately I’ve been hunting Axis deer, buddy has an exotic ranch and has to cull the doe’s every couple of years.
At our local “grocery giant”, there’s occasionally meat left from the prior day’s cutting (T-bones included). They mark it way down so as to get rid of it and make room for that day’s cutting. People snap them up fast. Not a bad arrangement — people get a bit of a bargain, and the store doesn’t have to throw meat away.
End of meat? I didn't realize "wild game" does not contain any meat.
One duty of meat-eaters should be to encourage vegans to eat the fake meat products, with its unhealthy components, so that the benefits of heart disease, obesity, cancer can humanely wipe out the vegan Karens of the world. Sarcasm?? No, i don’t think so; its Freakin Friday.
Read the whole title.
I don't think this person has ever looked at the shopping cart of a poor person (Food Stamp purchaser.)
All carbs, soda and processed food. Very little healthy protein or healthy vegetables.
Before I would eat any fake meat, I would rather no meat at all. I hate those Wonton soups and refuse to eat them. My son and husband love them, to me they’re nothing but flavored water with some noodles in them. I want a real soup, but I hate vegetable soup.
Ahhh.... a stone soup eater
The old woman went to the square and built a nice fire and suspended a kettle over it, Into the kettle she placed three stones. Later, people came by and put vegetables and bones and some meat into the kettle
She made soup from nothing
We got london broil at Sprouts about 3 weeks ago for $2.99
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