“We’re not Vegans, they’re Carnists!”

If you’ve been watching the BBC recently, you might recognise the quote above from a recent ‘mockumentary’ by Simon Amstell called ‘Carnage’. It’s set in 2067 when the very idea of eating meat or dairy products brings society to tears – either of shame or disgust, depending on whether or not you are old enough to actually have eaten meat in your lifetime. As someone who attempts to live a Vegan lifestyle (let me tell you, it can be trying at times) even I was shocked by some of the information that was portrayed in the short 65 minute film, not only is it informative however it is also provides a few laughs. Here’s the link in case you haven’t already seen it: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04sh6zg

As you may or may not already know, the meat and dairy industry is the biggest contributing factor to global warming currently and with 70 million new people every year and the population ever growing it looks as though the meat and dairy industry will be doing the same thing. One article I read actually claims that we have already cleared more than 35% of the earth’s ice-free land for the purpose of agriculture, which is quite a shocking figure when considering the rate of population growth and what effects it’s going to be having on the planet. Of course the answer to these issues is staring us all right in the face – and from our plates – we need to change our diets.

According to The Guardian a new study has found that “a widespread adoption of a vegetarian diet would bring down emissions by 63%” and “by 2050, diets low in fruit and veg and high in red meat and processed meat are responsible for the greatest health burden globally”. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that everything The Guardian prints should be life rules that we should all live by but it seems recently, there have been increasing studies, news reports and documentaries that all seem to be saying the same thing – cut out, at the very least, meat. As the population grows, so does the environmental issues that we see every day. Flooding in various parts of the UK, weather that changes it’s mind more than I change my socks. It’s all a bit bizarre, but something will have to change otherwise things will only continue to get stranger. Again, I’ll leave the links to the articles I’ve been reading underneath in case any readers are interested in having a look.

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