Would You Eat Less Meat?

My diet is probably around 90% vegetarian nowadays because I eat cereal for breakfast, fruit and granola bars for lunch and some kind of vegetarian option for dinner. I don’t cook any meat at home and probably eat chicken once or twice a week and beef maybe once a month.

I find the argument that we eat too much meat to be quite persuasive, from a environmental point of view, food security point of view, human health point of view and animal rights point of view. We grow grains in fields for the purpose of feeding the animals and then put the animals in another field all of which means there is less acreage given to growing food for humans. The conditions of the factory farms can probably be described as appalling at best and the recent scandal in Indonesia over the way they treated their imported cattle is likely to be replicated the world over to varying degrees.

That said, I can never see myself switching over to being a full blown veggie but I can definitely see myself continuing my mostly vegetarian diet. The link below is to an article by a celebrity chef who was always pro-meat but after 18 months is now saying we eat far too much of it and it’s not good for our bodies, our animals or our environment.

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall: the joy of veg | Life and style | The Guardian

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall: the joy of veg | Life and style | The Guardianhttp://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2011/aug/26/hugh-fearnley-whittingstall-vegetablesLet me be clear: I have not become a vegetarian, nor do I think I ever will. So the dialogue I’m keen to begin with other meat-eaters is not about vegetarianism, it’s about…

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