Last updated on: 9/15/2011 | Author: ProCon.org

Jacky Hayward Biography

Title:
Former Editor and Community Manager at ChefsBlade.com
Position:
Con to the question "Should People Become Vegetarian?"
Reasoning:

“I started writing about food because I was tired of vegetarians and vegans telling me I should stop eating meat all together as my carnivorous consumption was inhumane and contrary to humanities’ evolution as a species. I eat meat. I will continue to eat meat. And I think you should too…

One of the strong arguments against eating meat is that great amount of food energy wasted every time an animal eats another animal (a 9-to-1 ratio), but in the case of cows that are grass-fed, they are eating biomass from which we cannot glean food calories. In addition, the energy to grow grass comes from the sun, which means cows are, in essence, converting the sun’s energy, through the venue of grass, into food energy that we can consume. And, importantly, grass fed beefy is mighty tasty.

And to my final reason for eating meat: It tastes good. I crave it. I am lethargic both physically and mentally without it. I also have canine teeth. Vegetarians and vegans often say that humans have evolved to a point where they don’t need to eat meat to survive. While I would be able to live without meat, my life would not be as good. Just as cows can live on corn meal rather than grass, humans can live only plants, but maybe they shouldn’t. I believe there is a biological reason I crave meat: My body needs it…

And so, I will now say again: I eat meat. I will continue to eat meat. And I think you should too.”

“Why I Eat Meat (And Why You Should, Too),” chefsblade.monster.com (accessed May 9, 2011)

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Community Manager, Google, May 2011-present
  • Digital Strategist, Ogilvy Public Relations, June 2010-May 2011
  • Cofounder, Jilli Ice Cream and Soda, Dec. 2009-present
  • Former Editor and Community Manager, ChefsBlade.com, Jan. 2009-June 2010
  • Former Programs Associate, Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI) and Artists United for Healthcare, June 2007–Dec. 2008
  • Former Center Guide, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA), Oct. 2006–June 2007
  • Former Membership Customer Service Assistant and Sales Associate, de Young Museum, Oct. 2006–May 2007
  • Former Research Assistant, Philadelphia Museum of Art, June 2005–May 2006
Education:
  • BA, Art History, minor in Photography, University of Pennsylvania, 2006
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Should People Become Vegetarian?