It’s true that plants are living things, but the difference is that with all the scientific research done on plants etc we havnen’t found if plants can actually feel any sort of pain, fear or anything. Plants live on instinct. Sure some plants have defensive mechanisms that are triggered if attacked, but when you compare a plant to a living breathing mammal, with eyes, ears, a brain, lungs etc all similar to our own as humans, then I see it very differently than eating a plant to survive. There’s also the fact that humans can live happy and healthy lives without eating animals. But if we didn’t eat plants and plant by-products then we would die. We need to eat something and our bodies react very well to eating plants. Better than they do to eating animals anyway. You say you try not to judge people for eating plants. Do you yourself not eat plants? If so, how are you still alive? Do you judge yourself for eating them? And again, when an animal is in fear, pain, agony we can see it, hear it and know what is happening. Plants have lives, but have never been proven to being sentient beings, which of course animals are. Who knows, maybe in the future science will reveal that some plants are sentient. But there has never been proof of plants feeling any type of pain or fear when face with being picked etc for human consumption. I respect your opinion of plants having feelings but I can’t really see eye to eye with you on that one unless there is ever some actual proof of that being the case. I know that many farms and farmers do right by their animals. And I support them. I also feel sorry for all the ones who have been run out of business by the large factory farm multi-billion dollar corporations. It’s sad, but the truth of the matter is that many of the good farmers, the ones who treat their animals with respect, the ones who slaughter them humanely just can’t afford to keep going the way they are and many were shut down. The ones who managed to keep going in this modern world are heroes. We have grown into a society of impatient people and the class difference in many Western countries mean many people just can’t afford to spend a lot more money on organic or free range meat. Not when they can go to any supermarket and find rows and rows of cheaper factory produced food. It’s a shame, but it’s the truth. In short I know that there are good farmers out there, and that it is possible to farm animals for food humanly. But that small fraction of ever dwindling good farms doesn’t make the factory farms disappear. It’s actually the opposite, as factory farming is taking over the whole food industry whether it be for meat or fruits/vegetables. I actually never said that 40% of livestock is wasted. I said 40% of food in the US. But that’s my fault for not being more specific. I actually meant 40% of food in supermarkets across the US. Which includes meat, fruit, vegetables etc. There has actually been studies done that prove this. http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2012/08/22/40-of-u-s-food-wasted-report-says/ Do you honestly think that there are some animals that haven’t been bred past the point of surviving without human help? Do you know what wild cows used to look like? Strong bodied creatures with small, slim bodies and long strong legs. Now humans have bred cows over the years to have larger and larger bodies, with smaller and smaller legs so that there is more there for humans to eat. Many of the cows bred for meat now would be useless in the wild. They are no loner the strong fast creatures they once were. And chickens. They were also slim, fast on their feed, spending the days grazing through forest’s and climbing up the lower branches of trees. Now many chickens are so overfed that their legs literally break underneath the weight of their bodies and they are no longer able to even walk on their own. And that’s only two examples. Don’t even get me start on other animals humans have mutated beyond belief. You think some animal activists are woefully ignorant for not seeing humans as always the good ones, and seeing the truth of what we have actually done throughout history to those we share this planet with. If you think that’s ignorant then I can’t help but wonder who the ignorant one actually is. This is true, it’s just such a shame that it’s not as easy to know where the food you eat actually comes from these days as it used to be. It’s almost impossible sometimes.