Would you stop eating meat to help feed the world? So is the solution on our plates?
THE CASE FOR VEGETARIANISM
by Bruce Friedrich, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
Last month, The UN called the diversion of crops to biofuels “a crime against humanity". Indeed, 100m tonnes of corn and other crops that could feed people instead feed our cars.
But what if I told you that 7 times as much crops (750m tonnes) are taken from the mouths of the global poor to feed chickens, pigs, and other farmed animals? Surely this is a crime against humanity of even greater impact.
I adopted a vegetarian diet more than 20 years ago, after I read Diet for a Small Planet, by Frances Moore Lappe. It changed my life.
In the book, Lappe makes the argument that using land to grow crops for animals is inefficient, polluting, and that it steals food from the mouths of the global poor.
The fact is, it’s not only her that has noticed. It seems so obvious, and slowly people are picking up on the point. Going veggie is a simple yet effective way to make sure everyone on the earth can eat.
The point is echoed by the respected environmental think tank, The WorldWatch Institute, which published a report a few years back that declares:
“[M]eat consumption is an inefficient use of grain—the grain is used more efficiently when consumed by humans. Continued growth in meat output is dependent on feeding grain to animals, creating competition for grain between affluent meat-eaters and the world’s poor."
More and more, that message is getting a hearing, so that the UN’s climate chief Yvo de Boer said:
“The best solution would be for us all to become vegetarians."
A UN report recently found that eating meat is the number one human cause of global warming. Of course, poor communities are always the first to suffer the potentially grave consequences of climate change.
The official handbook for the Live Earth concerts says “refusing meat" is “the single most effective thing you can do to reduce your carbon footprint.“
The UN report also noted the meat industry’s contribution to:
*problems of land degradation
*loss of biodiversity.
Clearly, there is problem, and something needs to be done.
Isn’t adopting a vegetarian diet the least that each of us can do?