What would you consider a "deal-breaker" if you were looking for a mate? Bad hygiene? Nail-biter? A propensity for wearing black socks with sandals? Turns out, those don't bother us as much as disagreements over what to serve for dinner. According to a new survey by www.Today.com and www.Match.com, 30 percent of meat-eaters say they wouldn't date a vegetarian or a vegan.
The study probably isn't scientific, but certainly is interesting and continues to generate hundreds of online comments. It even quoted a biological anthropologist (Match.com's "chief scientific advisor") who claims the driving force behind "Bacon-Eater-Seeking-Same' preference is primal. "Mankind's first luxury was meat, and when carnivores share food -- what they are sharing is this luxury. It's more than just cultural; it's instinctual," says Dr. Helen Fisher. So, does that make bacon sexy? Hmmm.
I have a friend who happens to be vegetarian, who is happily married to a perfectly wonderful carnivore (who is also a hunter) and together, they have two beautiful children who eat everything that's put on their plates, without judgment. It works for them.
It all comes down to choice. No matter what you want to throw on the grill these days, there are Iowa farmers who are happy to grow it. You want cage-free eggs from an organic, local farmer? We've got those. You want free-range beef, grown on the rolling hills of an Iowa farm or pork from a modern hog barn where food safety, nutrition and price is top-of-mind? We've got those, too. There are dozens of ways Iowa farmers raise food for us all and clearly, we have grown accustomed to having those choices at the local farmer's markets or grocery stores.
In fact, maybe the whole argument of meat-eaters, vegetarians or happily-ever-after mates can be settled once and for all, by simply marrying a farmer. Just think: no matter what you want on your plate, they can provide. Now that is sexy!
Between the lines
By Laurie Johns, Iowa Farm Bureau