I'm a person who has eaten meat throughout my life. Growing up it was second nature. Beef, Chicken, Pork, Turkey, and even more exotic cuisine such as lamb, oysters, elk, venision, squirrel, frog legs, alligator, and a vast array of sea food were common meals. I just considered it a valid method of gaining protein just as the food pyramid claims. At a later point I began to experiment with veganism, a diet that changed my perspective on nutrition. I became hyper aware of the negative effects of junk food. I've experimented with many diets but today I simply avoid all GMO, most meat, all junk food and prepackaged items, and try to eat as well rounded and healthy as I can, with occasional consumption of meat. Health is my main motive for my choices and not morality. Let's pose a question regarding the Morality of Meat. Is it immoral that we have a factory farm industry which raises generation after generation of cattle fed with the same corn feed, all butchered to serve fat americans buying instant hamburgers? If it is, then maybe we can sate humanity's apparent lust for the flesh of cows with sci-fi technology capable of providing the meat and thus sparing the cow. In the Star Trek universe, there is a device called a replicator. It's function is decompiling inorganic matter and recompiling it into food. Basically, it can automatically create any dish you want. You can create a steak, that tastes like real steak, and is identical to a real steak on a molecular level, but did not originate from a real animal. My question is, if you had a device like the replicator actually existed, would you use it to eat meat humanely even if yoy are currently vegan? Could this be an invention worth actually creating?