First of all I do not for a second decry anyone's post as any intellectual discussion is a welcomed one for me even if assisted suicide was not what I had in mind when I asked the question.
Secondly, come one Miguel a plant has no brain, no brain stem, no pain receptors, no feelings, emotions, consciousness or WILL to survive. That does not mean that are, meaning the western worlds, aggra. business concerning crops is not utterly sick and definitely unsustainable, but plants don't want to survive they just do. Michael Pollan has a very good examination of the issues of agriculture in his books, but for me it is simple if we are "greater" than the rest of the animal kingdom then we should act like it. We either have morality or we don't. We either use are increased intellect, sense of self and our world, to better it for all, man and animal, or we say hell I got mine jack and the hell with the rest of you.
I am not a vegan, but I only eat free range eggs and try to buy other "ethical" dairy. I feel bad every time I have an impact on a living thing, if it be drinking milk, my favorite food product, or swatting a mosquito. I think I would in fact eat meat, I remember how good it tastes, but only if it were raised sustainably, many believe this to be the key "catch phrase" as organic has become so bastardized. However, sustainable meat is not feasible at current consumption prices or quantities. North Americans would have to learn to live with paying more for it and eating it much less often. Unless a massive shift in aggra. business was to take place I will never again eat meat.
By the way I eat dairy for health reasons. If I did not I would be much sicker and would be able to provide less for the welfare of animals. My Faustian bargain with the devil.