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June 9 2013

Should we all eat less meat?


Let's not pretend: I don't have much of a fan base among vegans. I respect their views, but not their menus. I love eating meat; it's a part of who I am. And that makes the next sentence all the harder, but it has to be said. We need to reduce the amount of it that we are eating. The way we produce meat, and the amount we produce, is simply unsustainable and in the 21st century sustainability in food production is paramount. The evidence for the prosecution is pretty unanswerable. Globally, livestock stands accused of producing 37% of the world's methane (which has 23 times the global warming potential of CO2). More than 55% of the agriculture sector's emissions come from rearing livestock alone. The meat and dairy sector uses 70% of agricultural land.

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