Climate chief Lord Stern: give up meat to save the planet

Here is an interesting article. It looks like, meat eating may go out of fashion like smoking. It may take time. But eco concerned men and women may be at the forefront of the vegetarian movement.

Lord Stern, former chief economist of World Bank says:

People will need to consider turning vegetarian if the world is to conquer climate change, according to a leading authority on global warming.

He predicted that people’s attitudes would evolve until meat eating became unacceptable. “I think it’s important that people think about what they are doing and that includes what they are eating,” he said. “I am 61 now and attitudes towards drinking and driving have changed radically since I was a student. People change their notion of what is responsible. They will increasingly ask about the carbon content of their food.”

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Comment by Charles Cosimano on October 28, 2009 at 10:08pm
I believe the phrase, "when hell freezes over," is appropriate.

Comment by M K Ramadoss on October 27, 2009 at 9:44am
I am very hopeful at least with the coming generation in some parts of the world. Recently there was a new drug synthesized from the enzyme from the spit of a lizard which lives in the Arizona deserts. It is injected to help diabetics control their blood sugar. Someone commented that it would be cheaper and simpler to keep a lizard as a pet and each morning squeeze a few drops of spit from its mouth and mix it with breakfast food. If you suggest this to an American, they would detest mixing the spit with food and consume! On the other hand it was commented that if you suggest to a Chinese, they would react with enthusiasm and ask you where they can get hold of the lizard! We have to see how things develop and sometimes future response of the public will surprise everyone.
Comment by Katinka Hesselink on October 27, 2009 at 9:13am
The reason smoking became illegal in many places was that it hurts the health of the people who are also there, not participating. It would take a huge cultural leap to take the environment into consideration on this sort of thing. I'm not too hopeful, but I agree it would be a good thing.

Comment by M K Ramadoss on October 27, 2009 at 8:52am
I still remember the days when it was very fashionable to smoke cigarettes and cigars and pipes. No longer. Many places in the US are off limits for smokers!! It may take time and still there would be people who continue to enjoy meat; but even if a large segment of population sees vegetarian food as the right one, much misery of animals would be reduced. Who can see the future?
Comment by Katinka Hesselink on October 27, 2009 at 6:40am
I do hope he's right. But in the meantime I think I'll probably live to see meat a luxury product again. And that may be a more effective way to curb meat consumption anyhow.

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