“Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew, and he ate and drank and rose and went his way.”
In order to avoid devastating climate change it is important that we curb the world’s huge and increasing appetite for meat.
The global livestock industry produces more greenhouse gas emissions than all cars, planes, trains and ships combined, but a worldwide survey finds twice as many people think transport is the bigger contributor to global warming.
“Preventing catastrophic warming is dependent on tackling meat and dairy consumption, but the world is doing very little,” said Rob Bailey, the report’s lead author. “A lot is being done on deforestation and transport, but there is a huge gap on the livestock sector. There is a deep reluctance to engage because of the received wisdom that it is not the place of governments or civil society to intrude into people’s lives and tell them what to eat.”
The recent landmark report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change found that dietary change can “substantially lower” emissions but there is no UN plan to achieve that.
We can all do our bit to help by including more beans and pulses into our diet – sharing recipes, influencing others.
Eating less meat also reduces heart disease and cancer. What’s not to like??