There’s a strange bit of rhetoric that seems to circle around vegetarian restaurants and cliques that concern one specific bit of the lifestyle: sinless meals. On the most basic terminology, the meaning is that the food item in question is completely vegetarian or vegan in some cases, essentially going so far as claiming that “sinless” means “no animals were harmed.” But is that fair? Are sinless meals really sinless? I want to ask a very touchy question here, and it may deal with the vegetarian ego in general. Can there ever be a sinless meal?
So the situation where you’d see this mimicker added to a menu item is if you were at a burger joint and they offered something they referred to as a “sinless garden burger.” The point is to emphasize the enjoyment of eating vegetarian, but the truth is that while no cows were slaughtered to make your hamburger, you can’t actually apply the same grace to other animals of the smaller, cuddlier variety. And this is where things are going to get uncomfortable…
Error. Page cannot be displayed. Please contact your service provider for more details. (21)Here’s the sad truth: Every time a combine goes through a field of wheat and harvests it, the small animal population of that area is decimated. Not wiped out, not even close to it, but an exorbitant amount of critters are getting chewed up by these machines whenever it’s time to harvest grain. Animals that aren’t raised for slaughter or caged or mistreated or anything of that nature. These are just wild, innocent animals.
As of now, the only way to be 100% sure that your food was harvested without a single unintentional death is to grow your own crops and never dine out at a restaurant again. It is a heavy request, and I’m not sure how deep someone’s conviction level needs to be to in order to stand by that and really reduce the suffering as far as it can possibly go rather than reducing the suffering until it becomes inconvenient.