People Would Have To Consider Turning ‘Vegetarian’ To Save The Earth!

by Aruna on  October 30, 2009 at 9:06 AM Environmental Health   - G J E 4
People Would Have To Consider Turning ‘Vegetarian’ To Save The Earth!
People may have to go vegetarian to save the planet says Lord Stern of Brentford, a senior authority on climate change.

According to a report in the Guardian, Lord Stern, former adviser to the British government on the economics of climate change, said that people would have to consider turning vegetarian to help reduce global carbon emissions.

"Meat is a wasteful use of water and creates a lot of greenhouse gases. It puts enormous pressure on the world's resources. A vegetarian diet is better," Stern said.

Farmed ruminant animals, including cattle and sheep, are thought to be responsible for up to a quarter of "man-made" methane emissions worldwide.

Stern, whose 2006 Stern Review warned that countries needed to spend 1 percent of their GDP to stop greenhouse gases rising to dangerous levels, said that a successful deal at the climate change conference in Copenhagen in December would massively increase the cost of producing meat.

People's concerns about climate change would lead to meat eating becoming unacceptable, he predicted.

"I think it's important that people think about what they are doing and that includes what they are eating," Stern told the Times.

"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," he said.

According to Stern, eating meat could become as socially unacceptable as drinking and driving because of the impact it has on global warming.

Source: ANI

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It is but a realisation of what was enshrined in the "Hindu Vedas", the Holy Books unwritten in any form till the recent centuries with the printing technology. The Vedas that advocated strongly only vegetarian diet and this was also to raise the mental calibre to higher echelons to love the world and be loved besides exploring and realising the Self or the Supreme, of course in stages!
Only those who were warriors and rulers (besides those undertaking hard physical labour and can burn up or consume demanding a larger calorie intake) were exempt. There was an underlying vision in this ideology. And we see it with awareness of what is happening to the Globe!
Hindus were also advised to reject desire and consumption beyond the basic necessity (eat to 'just live' and but not live only to eat); Also food was treated as 'God given' and any wastage was to be avoided.
Many more Truths, embedded in the Vedas, are yet to spring up with the one on advisability of Vegetarianism and hopefully, they emerge, particularly the 'over developed West / Northern Hemisphere'!
Afterall, it is better late than never!

MGopalakrishnan Sunday, November 1, 2009

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