So you say, that you want to start a revolution? Well, your not the only one. Paul McCartney one of the two remaining mop tops from Liverpool, is a champion of the vegetarian diet as a means of defeating the climate crisis: ” If anyone wants wants to save the planet, all they have to do is just stop eating meat.” The numbers and mounting evidence that PETA presents on its website help prove Sir Paul’s assertion. Under the campaign slogan Meat’s Not Green, visitors to the organization’s website will soon discover that, according to statistics provided to PETA by the United Nations: “[the] number # 1 cause of global warming is raising animals for food,” which “causes more greenhouse gas emissions than all the cars, planes, trains and ships combined.” This statement by the UN and PETA makes perfect sense, in the context of all the land use changes, that have happened over the past fifty years, to accommodate our insatiable desire for more meat.
So where is the beef? It is in the habitat destruction, land degradation and increased water pollution that are all a result of ensuring that cheap and plentiful meat is available year round. In many cultures and societies around the world, eating meat used to be a special treat whereas it has now become a daily occurrence, to the determent of our planet. PETA estimates that it can take up to 16 pounds of grain to produce just one pound of meat, which is grossly inefficient, which helps to explain why on their website they state that: “more than 90% of the Amazon Rain Forest cleared since 1970 is used for global meat production.” I took their online meat consumption quiz and I was shocked to find out the results. Based upon the data I provided, if I was to go vegan during my lifetime [starting at age 25 until I kick the bucket] I will save an estimated: “14,000 animals from dying,” which equals a gross savings of “165,000 pounds of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions”.
So if giving up meat is good enough for a Beatle then it’s good enough for a wanna-be hippie, like me. So coming up tomorrow morning, check back to read about my experience speaking with Dr. Anke R. Zimmerman, a Naturopathic Physican in Cadboro Bay who specializes in homeopathy. We chatted, so that I can become well prepared to make a month long commitment to living without meat. One thing is for sure, I am in for an uphill battle. At present I tend to eat meat with almost every meal. My zero meat challenge starts on Wednesday July 7th and ends on Saturday August 7th; unless my girlfriend doesn’t kill me before the challenge is over [just kidding, but seriously she loves meat as much as I do, so it will be a real challenge in the Jakumeit & Richter household]. If you want too, I encourage you to take the vegan/vegetarian challenge with me by sharing your receipes and thoughts with myself and your fellow small carbon footprinters who frequent this blog. Until tomorrow morning, may you tread lightly. Also if your not too busy tonight, go onto ITUNES and download some music by Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings; you’ll be glad you did plus you’ll have some soulful tunes to cook dinner to tonight as well.