Eating less meat essential to curb climate change, says report | Environment | The Guardian

If people won’t stop eating meat for ethical and compassionate reasons, perhaps they’ll consider the environmental impact and risk to themselves.


About Obscure Thing

Londoner. RHS trained Horticulturist. Vegan. BSc (Hons) Zoology with Film Studies.

5 responses to “Eating less meat essential to curb climate change, says report | Environment | The Guardian”

  1. Lorraine says :

    So, if we eat less meat the cattle, pig, chicken etc. populations will grow because the farmers are trying to make money. The livestock eats and makes pollution. People are starving and meat is filling. I don’t see it happening anytime soon.

    • Obscure Thing says :

      Have you not heard of supply and demand? Less consumption of livestock equals less production. It doesn’t happen overnight. They don’t miraculously breed all by themselves to make the 80 billion land animals we consume. Dairy cows are artificially inseminated annually. Most beef you eat is actually dairy cow, used up and exhausted after just 5-6 years of having calves taken away year after year and being either permanently pregnant or lactating. Cows produce a huge amount of shit and methane. The dairy industry alone is horrendously polluting and systematically cruel. Farmed animals aren’t going to run rampant if not farmed – that seems to be a bizarre and amusing common response. Nor will all the farm animals die of starvation. Meat consumption, if we all took on board this message, would decline steadily.

      More concerning is the idea that meat consumption is a good way to feed hungry people – in fact, the opposite is true. It is meat consomption that a) uses up valuable land for rearing cattle (rainforest clearance for beef production springs to mind – probably the single biggest environmental outrage in human history) and b) around two-thirds of crops grown in the world are grown as feed for farmed animals when those same crops/the same arrable land could be used to grow crops to feed starving people the world over. We produce HUGE amounts of grain and feed to produce far less amounts of meat. The numbers do not add up.

  2. dianadebastos says :

    I’m actively working to reduce my meat consumption. It’s hard to manage in a house where these issues aren’t really considered issues. But, one small step at a time 🙂 And hopefully it will add up quickly!

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