“EAT YOUR VEGGIES” TAKES ON NEW MEANING
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?