Posted by: martinworster | September 24, 2008


A new report by the UN has urged people to turn to vegetarianism to help tackle global warming and other environmental issues. According to the report published by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the livestock sector generates more greenhouse gas emissions as measured in CO2 equivalent – 18 percent – than transport.

So it’s easy for sanctimonius veggies such as myself to roll around in lentil roast glee. We told you so. Let’s quickly take stock of the benefits of vegetarianism. It’s a healthier diet and you live longer. It’s a spatially more effective way of producing food so you can feed more people (important considering increasing food shortages and the recent spike in food prices). Animals are not killed and kept in inhumane conditions (my original, and still, most important ethical reason for forgoing flesh). And now, we learn – not eating meat is better for the environment. Woo hoo.

I don’t want to continually harp on like a stuck record, but I hope you get the point. Name any benefits of meat eating? ‘It tastes better’, I hear you say. Then I think of all my meat eating friends who now opt for veggie sausages and burgers at BBQs. ‘Oh, I didn’t realise they tasted so good’, they say. And have 40% less fat and nobody was killed in their production.

Vegetarianism is the one thing I am certain of. I optimistically believe that as humanity progresses it’s not inconceivable to think that one day all people will be vegetarian. Asides from necessity in terms of being able to feed the planet with the available space we have, it’s also an indication of a civilised, caring and ethical society. Here endeth my sermon.

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