Sunday Sermon: Can you do without for just one day a week?

People should have one meat-free day a week if they want to help tackle climate change – so sayeth the world’s leading authority on global warming and joint Nobel prize winner, Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, according to this article in today’s Guardian.

One meat-free day a week!!? Do people actually eat meat every day of the week? The doctor suggests cutting out one meat day then gradually decreasing it from there, which implies that most people eat meat every day of the week! I find that quite astonishing.

Ok, the eating habits of other people should be no concern of mine but you know me, being a veggie and all, if there’s an opportunity to preach etc..

Well there’s actually nothing new in what he says. The world has been aware of the environmental impact of intensive cattle farming for quite a number of years now but it can’t do any harm for prominent Prominents such as Dr. Rajendra Pachauri to officially state it.

Cutting down your meat consumption is a very small life-style change with many benefits. It’s an action that can be immediate. It requires no preparation, little effort and no expense. But it will help combat climate change and it will probably even improve your health, especially if you’re a werewolf who loves a juicy raw steak, dripping with blood. Or a Big Breakfast chomper who demands blood clotted black-puddings and isn’t fussy about which left-over bits of what dead animal is put into their sausages so long as the taste is disguised by chemicals and salt and all other kinds of colourings and flavourings.

What do you think? Can you enjoy your chianti without a cow’s huge rump slapped on your plate? I think you can.

Here endeth the lesson.


8 responses to this post.

  1. Dr Rajendra Pachauri sounds Indian to me, which may be a reason for his advice. If he practices the Hindu religion.

    We are adult enough to know what must be avoided to lessen contamination and what not, but reducing cattle does not appear to be the urgent step to be taken.


  2. Posted by Matthew on September 8, 2008 at 4:46 am

    There’re a great many people, many, many, who not only eat meat every day, but twice a day and sometimes more. There are even people who will have some form of meat as part of their breakfast as well. Some people even see meat as being part of their snack foods.

    It’s not a great stretch to think that people who eat meat eat it every day. In most cases people who eat meat see meat as an essential ingredient in a meal. Meat, one veg and another. Steak, chips and salad. Gammon, chips and peas. And so on.

    Most people aren’t adult enough to do what is good for them, let alone what is good for the environment.


  3. Hi Matthew,

    It’s not a great stretch to think that people who eat meat eat it every day.

    Yes, I am a bit of a naive trout at times.

    I wouldn’t like to pay the food bill of those who meat so much meat.


  4. Jose, yes Dr. Rajendra is Indian but I’m not sure if he practises Hindu. I know he is a vegetarian though. He is an economist and an environmental scientist.


  5. Well, Matthew, perhaps people are starting to know what is good for them now that so much is said about environment. Education is important in this as in many other issues.


  6. Yes, it amazes me how easily people will & can eat meat daily, and as Matthew says, often several times a day. Most sandwich selections at super markets and lunch bars involve meat for example. For veggies the selection is often ceddar cheese or egg mayo …. yuk! No wonder meat eaters aren’t easily converted.


  7. On reflection, one should be thankful that Hindus do not eat beef and that Asians eat mainly rice, otherwise would you imagine where we would be at this stage!

    Imagine also, because we tend to forget it, that family::car ratio in Asia were the same as in the West. My blood curdles just at the thought. And I am not speaking about Africa because the sole idea of Africans starving to death makes my blood boil.


  8. Per capita car ownership in India is on the rise thanks largely to Tata Group, a local business conglomerate, who are as we speak manufacturing the cheapest mass produced car on the planet. Congestion, road rage, asthma, pollution, waste, accidents here we come!


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