Toddler suddenly realizes that meat comes from animals, goes vegetarian (Video)

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It's no secret that children possess a seemingly insatiable desire to learn. But sometimes, a child's fresh take can actually teach us adults a thing or two as well.

In this video, what might other wise be a normal meal at the dinner table soon turns into a rather enlightening discussion on where food comes from. Young Brazilian Luiz Antonio, sitting down to a plate of octopus, is shocked to discover that meat is, in fact, parts of a dead animal -- a puzzling concept, to be sure, that most of us have learned not to think aout.

"When we eat animals they die!" says Luiz. "I don't like that they die. I like that they stay standing up."

Struck with the realization that animals are killed for us to eat, the youngster decides instead go vegetarian, for that meal at least, a decision that moves his mother to tears. "I'm doing something beautiful," he says, apparently aware that going meatless might mean saving a life.

Unfortunately, many adults don't share his curiosity about where their food comes from, or the often disturbing conditions of its production. Perhaps if we, like Luiz, made a point think of beef and cow, or pork and pig, as synonyms, we'd be more conscious about what's on our plate, and what it took to get there.

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