WHY YOU SHOULD BE A VEGETARIAN or VEGAN: LALU HANUMAN
Friends and family who have known me for years or decades even are completely aware that I have no intention to amend my carnivorous habits yet in spite of this, in the true spirit of democracy, I present this request from a gentleman I first met at Zemicon, it is something which goes against my grain mightily – but he has every right to express his opinion and belief… My contention is what do we do with lions, tigers and bears? Hide gazelles and salmon? Defy Nature??
*Meat/fish eating is cruel and nutritionally unnecessary. ?If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian? – Sir Paul McCartney.
* Many studies have shown that a balanced vegetarian diet is healthier than a meat diet, and greatly reduces the likelihood of heart disease and cancers.
* You cannot be a serious environmentalist and still eat meat/fish:
? Meat production is a “major stressor” on the world’s ecosystems, according to a FAO report. The meat industry is responsible for 18 % of greenhouse gases ? much more than global road, sea, and air transport combined – which by comparison accounts for only 13 % of greenhouse gas emissions, yet the negative role played by meat-eating in climate change is something of an ?inconvenient truth? for environmentalists? University of Chicago research shows that a vegan driving a small car, produces a ton less of greenhouse gases per annum on average, as compared to a meat-eater without a car ! Twenty times more fossil fuel energy goes into producing a calorie of beef as compared to one calorie of plant protein.
? Livestock production uses 8 % of the world’s fresh water. 33% of global arable land is used for meat production. 20% of global arable land has been degraded to almost desert due to overgrazing. 70% of rainforest destruction is attributed to cattle ranching or to the growing of animal feeds. Nitrous oxide is 300 times more potent as a global warming gas than CO2 ? 65 % globally is produced by the meat/dairy industry, according to the FAO.
? A meat based diet requires 2.5 times more land area to produce a pound of meat protein as compared with a pound of vegetarian protein, and 5 times more land area as compared with a pound of vegan protein. 90% of corn, and 80% of other grains/beans grown in the USA, are used for animal feeds. The same amount of corn/grains/beans, if used directly as human food, could feed a human population 5 times that of the USA !
? Many marine species are under threat due to the fishing industry ? either directly from overfishing, or indirectly by getting accidentally caught in fishing nets, as often happens for example with marine turtles and the almost extinct vaquita ? ie a tiny stubby-nosed porpoise found only in Mexico’s Sea of Cortez, which is on the brink of extinction as more die each year in fishing nets than are being born.
On 15th June 2009 Sir Paul McCartney and his family were joined by Yoko Ono and other celebrity guests as they launched a campaign in London urging people to go vegetarian once a week to help combat climate change. The former Beatle, his daughters Stella and Mary, and a host of stars want people to consider giving up meat on Mondays. The aim of the campaign, called ?Meat Free Monday?, is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the world’s livestock population, thought to be a major cause of global warming. VIP guests including Kate Bosworth, Kelly Osbourne, Lauren Laverne, Monty Don and Moby, walked down an appropriately-coloured green carpet to the launch event in St James’s Park in London.
Ono’s relationship with John Lennon has in the past been cited in some quarters as a factor in rifts between the Beatles. But Ono and Sir Paul were all smiles on Monday as they posed together for pictures in the middle of a big group of celebrities.
Sir Paul said: “I thought this was a great idea. To just reduce your meat intake maybe by one day a week and this would seriously benefit the planet.” He joked: “My family have been this way for years – vegetarians, that is.”
Sir Paul’s late wife Linda, who died in 1998, was a noted vegetarian campaigner and a range of meat-free dishes bearing her name are still being sold. Ono, dressed in a sailor-style black and red hat topped off with an anchor, said: “Give up one day and then it will be two days maybe. It’s a very, very intelligent idea.”
Another supporter, Sir David King, the UK Government’s former chief scientist, said: “The carbon and water footprints associated with producing meat are about 20 times larger than maize production. Eating less meat will help the environment.” Actress Joanna Lumley and Sir Richard Branson are also advocating meat-free Mondays.
There are tentative plans to set up a Barbadian Vegetarian-Vegan Society. If you are interested in this notion, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org