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.