By the way, I think this ties in nicely with the other topic about disgust as a psychological factor that influences notions of morality. In the case of meat, I wonder which one came first and created the other - the disgust or the morality?
In my case at least, I do not at all agree that it is immoral to eat meat in any way. Save animals and eat plants? Why, because plants cannot run? I don't buy that. I'm just not able to overcome the disgust. In fact I tried a lot to convert to non-veg, and gave up.
Morality is also learned, isn't it? I am not suggesting a direct correlation between morality and disgust, but isn't disgust often used as a strong deterrent to discourage people from indulging in a behavior which a system of morality decrees as wrong?
Examples: The whole incest thing. Homosexuality.
Usually the people arguing for a linkage between morality and disgust and homosexuality are saying the opposite, that the disgust is "nature talking" and that the morality can be biologically derived in such a way from evolution. Religious people argue that this disgust of homosexuality is biologically grounded and therefore homosexuals are "unnatural". I am clearly positioning myself again that opinion. My only factor in choosing a quality food is authenticity. I have removed most processed foods from my diet, which means I've removed most grains from my diet. One of the only forms of grain I eat is sprouted bread (versus flour based bread) which is the way humans used grains before technology came around and facilitated production of cheap denatured starchy flour. The only "regular" meat I dislike is liver, which is historically the prised food organ for hunters.
I most situations I find the use of the word disgust quite petty.