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Ali Zaidi

GS101 Meat’s Too Expensive Week 6 -Chris Brazier -There were reasons of dietary health – avoiding fat and cholesterol – and distaste for the idea of feeding on the flesh of another sentient being -The misuse of food resources in a world where people still went hungry – the enormous amounts of grain and pulses fed to cattle to produce a much smaller amount of beef. -Meat is seen as ‘a conscientious objection to a system with waste at one end and starvation at the other -The burden of justification should be turned around – not ‘why are you vegetarian?’ but rather ‘why on earth do you eat meat?’ Distasteful and Unnatural -Eating meat is distasteful and unnatural to those that grow up as a vegetarian from birth -In society as a whole vegetarians and vegans remain a small minority -In Britain a November 2007 survey by the Department of Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs showed 2% to be began, 3% to be vegetarian, and 5% restrict themselves to fish and chicken. -In other Western countries, vegetarians and vegans are an even smaller minority. Turning-Point -A turning-point came when it became evident that the livestock industry, in addition to all its other failings, was a major contributor to climate change -Over the last year, a crisis in the existing world food and farming model has erupted – refocusing attention on precisely those arguments about misuse of resources that fuelled the author’s original concern. -The 2006 report of the UN Food & Agriculture Organization ‘Livestock’s Long Shadow’ helped bring the global warming effect of the meat and dairy industries to public notice -The report caused consternation in the livestock industry and cost the FAO some of its funding -Dr Radendra Pachauri wrote a report and the key facts he included were: Livestock production accounts for 80% of greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture and for 18% of all greenhouse gas emissions from human activities – including 37% of the methane, and 65% of the nitrous oxide Producing one kilogram of beef leads to the emission of greenhouse gases with a warming potential equivalent to 36.4 kilograms of CO – equivalent to the amount emitted by the average European car every 250 km. The production of that one kilo of beef consume
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