There are many good reasons to eat more plants and less animals:
- Ethical – care for the animals we (do not) eat. Today there is a lot of suffering in the industrial agriculture. Little of the meat we can get in supermarkets and in restaurants comes from animals raised in a suitable environment.
- Environment – animal farming costs huge amounts of energy and creates greenhouse gases – more than all cars, planes and motorcycles together. Industrial animal production (like the mega-farms in The Netherlands) also create pollution due to concentrated manure leaks.
- Save Eco-systems – Less farmland is needed for growing corn to feed livestock. This means more trees and more wildlife. Like the Gibbon below. Most of the deforestation now is to clear land to grow soybeans to feed to pigs and cows.
- For your health – There are many advantages from eating more plants and less meat. Every pork chop you skip is good for you!
Göran loves good meat. He thinks that the taste of a great steak from a well treated cow is unmatchable. However, there is a lot of bad meat that is eaten due to dysfunctional habits and immoral advertisement. We are eating more meat than ever – even if we know that it is not so good for us. It is a big step to take to become 100% vegetarian, but if you go half way, it is much better than nothing. One creative example is the Weekday Vegetarian Graham Hill. As a family we are eating less and less meat every year. Maybe one day we will become true vegetarians.
In China, people love meat. In the past, the country was so poor that most people were in practice vegetarians, eating meat occasionally, and in small quantities. This was not harmful to people or the planet, since most of the animals were raised in the family farms. Since the economic boom started here, meat eating exploded and the industrial production multiplied. The environmental and health problems have also followed suit… Fortunately, there are also positive movements. A beautiful local initiative here in Shanghai is Shanghai Vegetarians, take a look at their website.
The Gibbon we saw in Thailand lives in one of the few rainforests left. Most of the other lands are cleared for large-scale agricultural production, much of it to produce meat. If we eat less meat, she will have more space for herself and her children.