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Eat less meat: UN climate report calls for change to human diet

Eat less meat: UN climate report calls for change to human diet

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  • As a former vegan, and now meat eater, I think as a country we still have a lot of work to do about education on nutrition. When I tell people that I was a vegan, and still no longer eat any forms of dairy, their initial response is usually along the lines of “how do live without cheese?”. Quickly followed

    As a former vegan, and now meat eater, I think as a country we still have a lot of work to do about education on nutrition. When I tell people that I was a vegan, and still no longer eat any forms of dairy, their initial response is usually along the lines of “how do live without cheese?”. Quickly followed up with “how did you get protein without meat?”.

    I don’t know where the you have to eat hoards of meat to get protein myth started, but it apparently latched on in people’s brains. Eggs, almonds, oats, broccoli, quinoa, lentils are all great examples of non-meat proteins. I think if we can educate people on how to eat nutritiously without factoring in meat, more people would be willing to join in on trying to eat plant based.

    Without trying to sound like a hippie, yes meat tastes good, but at what cost, the environment, your blood pressure? It only takes a bit of will power to join in on meatless Monday’s or switching to a beyond burger every once and awhile. For those who are beginners and want to do your part, try Whole Foods meatless Monday’s prepared food bar everything you can fit on a plate that is vegetarian for a set price, it’s a good deal.

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  • What if we all ate plant based three days a week? A challenge like the bucket challenge online started by a celebrity could go viral...

    A powerful quote in the ending of the article about ‘beautiful speeches’ not being the answer.

  • The painful reality that this report does not seem to address is that the clearing of natural carbon sinks (like the rainforests) AND the increased meat consumption is in developing countries where diets are still lacking nutrition that they are now starting to get from meat as they become wealthier

    The painful reality that this report does not seem to address is that the clearing of natural carbon sinks (like the rainforests) AND the increased meat consumption is in developing countries where diets are still lacking nutrition that they are now starting to get from meat as they become wealthier. People in developed countries are already eating the same or less amounts of meats as in the past 50 years. What’s going on is that more people across the world are seeking access to meat as a part of their diet. So the question becomes how are scientists in developed countries - who go home to full grocery store shelves and air conditioned homes - are going to feasibly tell people in countries like Columbia and Brazil and China that they should think about the rest of us when they buy beef for the first time in their lives.

  • While the issues are valid they do not stand alone. The other issues of poverty and population have to be addressed at the same time.

    It is one thing to convince industrial scale farming operations to change it is going to be harder if not impossible to get subsistence farmers to reduce their incomes

    While the issues are valid they do not stand alone. The other issues of poverty and population have to be addressed at the same time.

    It is one thing to convince industrial scale farming operations to change it is going to be harder if not impossible to get subsistence farmers to reduce their incomes and reduce the amount of food they have to eat.

    Areas where poverty is rampant cannot afford imported food and the certainly cannot afford processed foods such as artificial meat.

    Politicians from impoverished countries probably understand the problem they just don't have solutions available that meet their needs.

  • Less consumption of meat is healthy for both:,environment and health. The Cretan dietary, one of the healthiest, is based on vegetables and olive oil but not on meat.

  • Goig full meatless is a no no for many, based on terms of preference, ideology or simple laziness. My suggestion would be to incentivize first that we lower the consumption of the most contaminating meat source: beef. A switch to more chicken, pork (who requiere waaaay less resources and land than beef

    Goig full meatless is a no no for many, based on terms of preference, ideology or simple laziness. My suggestion would be to incentivize first that we lower the consumption of the most contaminating meat source: beef. A switch to more chicken, pork (who requiere waaaay less resources and land than beef) and other kinds of meat would help and would allow a gradual change in diet to happen, where more plant based options can be introduced on par.

  • The impact of raising cattle and other farm animals on the climate has been known for a while now, though most news are still about planes, cars, HVAC systems etc. Vegetarianism will definitely have a positive impact on the whole but it will find lots of resistance if it had to really go mainstream in

    The impact of raising cattle and other farm animals on the climate has been known for a while now, though most news are still about planes, cars, HVAC systems etc. Vegetarianism will definitely have a positive impact on the whole but it will find lots of resistance if it had to really go mainstream in place where, for example, the dairy industry lobby is quite strong, like in the Netherlands, where I currently live.

  • A plant-based diet with occasional meat is healthier, but the healthier options have to be available. They aren’t always. Outside of major cities it’s easier to burger place than a place with a decent salad or something plant-based that’s not fried. It’s also going to take a major shift in eating habits

    A plant-based diet with occasional meat is healthier, but the healthier options have to be available. They aren’t always. Outside of major cities it’s easier to burger place than a place with a decent salad or something plant-based that’s not fried. It’s also going to take a major shift in eating habits. I like Whole Foods program of putting salad bars in elementary schools. Kids like the autonomy of building their own salads and are eating healthier without parental prodding. [DISCLAIMER: I work for Whole Foods and make charitable contributions to the program, as do a number of employees. It does provide 5-6 healthy meals per week to some kids facing serious food insecurity, which I think is a worthy cause.]

  • To Josh's point, unfortunately the greatest in efficiencies in the food life cycle, from a global environmental perspective is actually in developing nations. Counter-intuitively large Urban metropolis in developed Nations bring in foods from very highly automated agrotech and meat production. Moreover

    To Josh's point, unfortunately the greatest in efficiencies in the food life cycle, from a global environmental perspective is actually in developing nations. Counter-intuitively large Urban metropolis in developed Nations bring in foods from very highly automated agrotech and meat production. Moreover the trend in developed Nations is to move away from meat and towards plant-based products such as the impossible or the beyond Burger.

  • If your reading on this is voracious you might come away thinking ummmm the Science community pretty much agrees billions of simply more trees won’t just help fix this “BUT” they seem to all agree the Brazilian rain forest can make a HUGE difference , soooo why as a starter the Kooky Canadian child Prime

    If your reading on this is voracious you might come away thinking ummmm the Science community pretty much agrees billions of simply more trees won’t just help fix this “BUT” they seem to all agree the Brazilian rain forest can make a HUGE difference , soooo why as a starter the Kooky Canadian child Prime Minister take our Carbon Tax & everyone in Hollywood sell a jet and just give Brazil the dough to stop cuttin your forest down ? ( I didn’t quite understand one article that stated the Rice harvest in China is very destructive to our worlds environment? So meat is one thing ( love the concept of at least cutting down consumption , smart Quartz Ladies Rock ( ooooops can I say that ?

  • It’s in our genetic makeup to include fruits, vegetables, grass-fed meats, fish, seafood, free-range eggs, nuts and seeds.

  • Nutrition is important, and perhaps vegan is the future, and perhaps it is not.

  • Most non meat proteins contain natural estrogen, as a male it's the core reason I focus on getting my protein exclusively from meats and beans.

    The pondering question I had in regards to the cattle industry and climate change is this:

    Okay, so you ended the meat industry, what of the millions of cattle

    Most non meat proteins contain natural estrogen, as a male it's the core reason I focus on getting my protein exclusively from meats and beans.

    The pondering question I had in regards to the cattle industry and climate change is this:

    Okay, so you ended the meat industry, what of the millions of cattle alive right now that are causing the largest amount of green gas emissions in the atmosphere? We cold cut the industry and the climate problem still exists since we refuse to kill any more cattle. So now we are talking about population control which if you want a short term solution the only way to do that is to cut the population. But with the meat industry shut down now it's just senseless killing instead of a purpose.

    If you are going to use the climate argument for a vegan reform, be consistent in your ideology.

  • Good luck trying to change this eating pattern. The one area of hope to do so is to scientifically prove that eating meat is harmful over the longer term (or at least not as healthy as a vegan diet). People will cheat - thinking “let’s other save the planet while I enjoy my steak.”

  • It'll take the smartest people working in cooperation atound the world at a level never seen before to fix this problem without actually causing another.