Why Japanese people say " Itadaki masu" before the meals?

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Apr 25, 2012 20:36
Japanese people ordinarily say, "Itadaki masu" before meals but even in Japan, there are many people who don't know why we say the words, and a few years ago, a parent demanded to school,"Don't force the children to say the words before lunch at school."

Human beings eat lives of living things including vegetables.
"Itadaki masu" is a polite word which means that we will eat your lives and thank you very much.

Are there any countries saying such words before meals?