I am battling a runaway small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (amongst other things). Those very same antagonistic bacteria feed on any kind of grain/starch/complex carb so anything containing those are out of the equation for me.
Therefore, meat has to be the staple of my diet.
Am I still a bad person now?
Or does it suddenly become OK since I will starve to death if I don't eat meat?
I think the general message of Tom regarding meat, apart from NPMR clarity issues, is that it is disrespectful to animals, and that at higher levels of quality, this becomes increasingly problematic in terms of feedback.
The other general message is that TOEism is a value-system which points to your personal feedback, not an externally imposed ruleset, apart from the one rule, which is to
-> pay attention to your own conscience for what to do at the next DELTA(t) of significance.
One may choose to adopt practises of persons who you think are lower entropy than yourself, for example, you may choose to reduce meat consumption, but this is initially at the mental level. The proof is in the pudding, when you personally experience feedback from this experiment, or not.
Refraining from sugar is very different than refraining from eating organic chicken. The former is entirely selfish, and relates to personal clarity, the latter relates to interaction with conciousness, and is primarily an issue of quality and feedback.
I don't think anyone can really know if they are a bad person or not, in the way you mean.
Your mom/sister/last-girlfriend could probably tell you, if you seriously want to know. ; - )
Interestingly, the Trappists, or at least the ones at Snowmass Co., are mostly vegetarian, but they will generally eat meat when ill, having found that it reduces recovery time.
I remember being startled on my walk around, ... behind one door there was a modern battery cage egg factory. http://www.snowmass.org/
I was puzzled about what these sort of guys were all about - but now I see that monasticism is the perfect lifestyle for buzzing around in NPMR, and I think that is what they are up too.