[quote:6d350c44a5="Wanderlost"]Especially in the colder environments, I can certainly see the absolute need for the meat and fat. I've only based my statement on what I've read in anthropological texts. However, I do know that one can survive in my climate, at least during the spring through fall on wild plants alone. I was forced to do so for about a month and a half after my last employment, and noticed no lost weight or health problems. [/quote:6d350c44a5]
A month and a half is one thing...but living exclusively on wild plant foods regularly every day without store-bought food or animal foods from spring to fall is quite another...I'm not saying it can't be done, I just wouldn't want to do it as I consider such a diet nutritionally deficient, especially in a wilderness living situation. Yea lots of vegans and vegetarians live year round on plants, nuts and so on but it doesn't mean I consider that diet a healthy one. Also when you are living out bush and working outside all the time, hunting and exerting a lot of energy, you need lots of energy-rich food which just isn't found in [b:6d350c44a5]locally available[/b:6d350c44a5] plant foods. Lots of vegans have their plant food shipped in from China or a tropical country. Only meat and animal fat can meet your energy requirements when you are working outside all the time and [b:6d350c44a5]relying on the surrounding natural resources to feed you.[/b:6d350c44a5]
Also another thing to consider is location. In the desert there are some good plant foods that have a lot of vitamins and nutrients, they are awesome and I always get as much as I can in season but they remain seasonal and only available at certain times of the year. You can't survive on them alone due to the lack of year-round availability and lack of protein and fat which is the most significant source of body-sustaining energy in any foods available to mankind. Wild meat is around in every season although fat content can vary between seasons and local conditions. In other places there are more year-round plant foods and your diet can contain more of it but I still see the need for animal protein and energy-rich animal fat.
I am also not referring to cold climates. I live most of my time in the sub-tropics and tropics and I can tell you that fat and meat is just as important here as in the subarctic where I lived for 20 years. Yea you can get by on less but if you are eating mostly wild meat with little plant food you still need lots and lots of meat and fat to meet your energy requirements when living out bush. I have personally seen tropical Aboriginals consume more meat and fat than any North American and they rely on it year-round as their main staple. For someone, an anthropologist or otherwise, to say that all tropical people rely on mostly plant foods for their sustenance because more plant foods grow in the tropics and it is so warm that they don't need to eat meat and fat is just plain false. I've seen it for myself.
I've read a lot of nonsense in anthropological texts, some of it appears to be true, other stuff is probably just plain lies. I see a difference between intellectual information and applied knowledge. IMO until you apply that intellectual information that you have read to your daily life it remains essentially intellectual garbage, and only becomes true knowledge when you apply it in your own life and personal experience.