Not a Vegetarian? (February 8, 2009)One of your guests, when discussing Darwin's views of animals, stated that Darwin was not a vegetarian. I'm not clear on what he bases that opinion on. There is evidence in Darwin's own writings that eating meat was not a natural diet for humans. In both The Origin of Species and the The Descent of Man he makes statements in support of a plant-based, vegetarian diet. Darwin wrote in The Origin of Species:
"The grading of forms, organic functions, customs and diets showed in an evident way that the normal food of man is vegetable like the anthropoids and apes and that our canine teeth are less developed than theirs and that we are not destined to compete with wild beasts or carnivorous animals."
In his book The Descent of Man he tells us:
"Although we know nothing for certain about the time or place that man shed the thick hair that covered him, with much probability of being right we could say that he must have lived in a warm country where conditions were favourable to the frugivorous way of life which, to judge from analogies, must have been the way man lived."
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