Excellent points on climate change and vegetarianism Jono that encourage us to think about how we live our lives in a more responsible way without consigning ourselves to a life of imagined misery. As tackling climate change becomes more critical, the impact of eating meat is starting to make headlines, especially in light of scientific research. Meat eaters may be reluctant to face the truth, but as you point out, facing the truth doesn’t have to mean giving up meat. The important thing is that people start to make changes that collectively have a positive and significant impact on the environment, but also on their health and on animal welfare. Regardless of people’s reasons for reducing meat and dairy consumption, the benefits are three-fold.
Michael Pollan’s ‘The Omnivore’s Dilemma’ is certainly an eye-opener and a book that everyone should be reading. Joel Salatin’s grass-based, ‘beyond organic’ method at Polyface Farm in Virginia seems to me to be the only ethical way to farm. I’m heartened that Joel works with nature rather than abusing nature. He rejects the mono-culture of factory farming and its indiscriminate use of artificial fertilizers, pesticides, growth hormones and antibiotics, which depletes soils and treats animals like machines.
Consumers need to know the truth about factory farming and the impact of the growing demand for meat, so they can make enlightened choices, a point you make so eloquently in this piece.
For anyone thinking of making dietary changes, you might like to read How to Become an Overnight Social Outcast, so you are ready for any criticism!