Add Meat to Things that May Destroy the World


With all of the other destructive and chaotic things we have to worry about everyday, you can add another one.  Eating meat can destroy the world.  If the world’s people don’t stop pigging – out on meat,  disaster will hit by 2050 when the world’s population hits 9.1 BILLION people.  At least that’s what an article in The Guardian says. It quotes releases from the United Nation’s Environmental Programme or UNEP.  (“Programme” is British for “program.” Hey, I’m quoting a Brit newspaper.)

The article reports “Professor Edgar Hertwich, the lead author of the report, said: ‘Animal products cause more damage than [producing] construction minerals such as sand or cement, plastics or metals. Biomass and crops for animals are as damaging as [burning] fossil fuels.’ ”

What’s happening is that as people in developing countries become more affluent they pick up on Western ways, things like eating a lot of meat.  It’s going to take 70 percent more food than now being produced to feed 9.1. billion people.  Eating meat uses up a lot more veggies that animals eat than just eating the veggies.   

Actually, I can think of a very good reason right now not to eat a lot of meat.   It’s not good for you.  The big problem, though, is that most of us don’t give a fig about that.  We’re hooked on steak, chops, meatloaf, fried chicken,  etc.  I have to admit that I like Brunswick Stew made with a lot of barbecue.  However, I have cut way down on my meat-eating over the years. Since I like veggies, it’s not all that hard.  At least, not for me.  How about you?

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3 Responses to “Add Meat to Things that May Destroy the World”

  1. Janet Sue Gray Says:

    I can count on one hand how many times I’ve eaten beef or pork in the past few years. I love veggies though taught by my very southern cooking Grandmother and Mother (your Mother & sister), I’m working on revising my recipes! Take a look at the documentory called; “Food Inc”. Enlightening!

  2. Richard Says:

    Yet more than one billion people live in India, where the cow is “sacred.” How does that figure in to this theory?

    • Dick McMichael Says:

      For one thing, cows are not sacred to everyone in India since there are a number of religions practiced there. Some Indians to eat meat. However, many don’t. That would figure poistively because veganism is being touted as one strong solution to the proble, Eating meat, though, will be just one of many problems as the world’s popluation explodes.

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