Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Eating Less Meat Hurts The Poor

Remember a few weeks back when I wrote about efforts to bring "Meatless Mondays" to the People's Republic of Cambridge?

The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change claims livestock are responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than automobiles. Hence the campaign, "Less Meat=Less Heat."

But Dr Frank Mitloehner, an air quality expert at the University of California/Davis, begs to differ. While Mitloehner agrees that livestock produce methane he argues the solution is "smarter farming" not cutting back on production of meat. Mitloehner further argues, "Producing less meat and milk will only mean more hunger in poor countries."

The meat of the matter here is that food choices are up to the individual and their family. If a person wants to go vegan of their own volition then fine. Let them eat all the tofu jerky they want (which is actually pretty good). But no government agency should be telling people what they can and cannot eat or when they can eat it.

Just something to chew on.

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