a. That picture is disgusting and looks like maggots.
b. I have long said that going vegetarian (and, if possible, dairy-free) is part of our responsibility to our planet and science is suggesting this over and over and over again.
"The research highlights that more and more people from around the world are adopting American-style diets, leading to a sizeable increase in meat and dairy consumption.
It says if this continues, more and more forest land or fields currently used for arable crops will be converted for use by livestock as the world’s farmers battle to keep up with demand.
Deforestation will increase carbon emissions, and increased livestock production will raise methane levels and wider fertiliser use will further accelerate climate change.
The lead researcher, Bojana Bajzelj from the University of Cambridge, said: “There are basic laws of biophysics that we cannot evade.”
"The average efficiency of livestock converting plant feed to meat is less than 3%, and as we eat more meat, more arable cultivation is turned over to producing feedstock for animals that provide meat for humans."
1) “The study urges eating two portions of red meat and seven of poultry per week.”
This is still a lot of meat!!! If we exclude breakfasts, this would mean that 9 out of 14 meals would contain meat - that equates to nearly 2/3 of meals. Most of your meals should be meatless, if possible.
2) A lot of the commenters on this article are suggesting that it is our rapidly rising population that is to blame for all these problems, not our meat-eating.
I disagree. For one, most population growth is occurring in poorer parts of Africa and Asia, but it must be noted that a lot of these people don’t actually have enough food to eat (they are certainly not eating meat at 9/14 mealtimes). It’s we, in the West, who eat so much meat. It’s not the poor of the world who are to blame for climate change - it’s the rich of the world.
Second, this seems to be shrugging off the blame. Population is an issue, and it’s something we need to be talking about and thinking about, but so is our excessive and rapidly increasing meat consumption. We eat more meat than is healthy/environmentally sound, and it is not a human right to be able to consume so much meat. We used to eat far less meat than we do now, and that’s something a lot of people seem to forget.