Sunday, December 7, 2008

"Dirty Little Secret"

Of the many reasons why it is a good idea to reduce or eliminate eating meat, the connection to the environment is one of the more crucial ones. Listen to Mr. Jeremy Rifkin (The Foundation of Economic Trends) speak about the impact of our taste for meat and what it is doing to our planet. His suggestion of implementing a tax on nitrous oxide and methane emissions (two global warming gases resulting from livestock production) and also a tax on meat consumption is an interesting one. According to the statistics, meat consumption is expected to increase by an alarming 50% by the year 2015, if consumer trends continue. The video is approximately 9 minutes and has been somewhat edited for this clip, however, you will have no problem following him. As Mr. Rifkin puts it, those of us living in the northern hemisphere, live high on the food chain and die of diseases of affluence, while our fellow citizens on the lower half of the earth's hemisphere are being quickly and radically marginalized and die of diseases of poverty.

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Bea Elliott said...

Yet... I just posted on my blog that a recent study shows *meat* consumption down for 2008... (?)

I'd like to think the latter of course... that our message is making some impact.

Compassionate Consumption said...

Hello Bea,
I do hope you are right on!
Me, I'm feeling a little despondent. Just finished watching your Anderson Cooper and Sanjay Gupta on a CNN special Planet in Peril. My gosh, it's overwhelming how screwed up we have become. People starving, forced to hunt in the bush and coming down with all these diseases that "jump" from animal to human. Children in Peru with lead poisoning due to the local smelting plant...and on and on.

Nevertheless, overwhelming as it may be, one does have to start somewhere in their own little world. And yes, most certainly, from there the ripple effect will have an impact!



Bea Elliott said...

Well... I didn't watch Planet in Peril - but from what I'm hearing we're a lot worse off than thought. You're right though "one does have to start somewhere in their own little world"... happy to meet someone making those changes :)

BTW - thanks for posting that link for making Tofurky - I never knew!