Opinion

Giving up meat good for the environment

GRANDMAS KITCHEN: Lettuce, tomato, cucumber, grated carrot, fresh grated beetroot, cheese, meat patty, onions and barbecue sauce.
GRANDMAS KITCHEN: Lettuce, tomato, cucumber, grated carrot, fresh grated beetroot, cheese, meat patty, onions and barbecue sauce. Mike Knott BUN090916BURGER5

GOOD news. The price of red meat will soar over the next two years, according to Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA).

The number of cattle in Australia has hit a 20-year low, so there are less animals to slaughter.

This is good news for a lot of reasons.

First of all, eating vegetarian food is much cheaper.

A recent study in the Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition showed that a plant-based diet can supply the same amount of calories at a far lower cost than one based around meat.

Secondly, cutting back on meat and moving to a plant-based diet will make us all healthier.

Unlike meat, milk, and eggs, plant-based foods are cholesterol-free, generally low in saturated fat, and high in fibre, complex carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals.

Thirdly, according to the U.N. Convention to Combat Desertification, it takes up to 10 kg of grain to produce just 1 kg of meat, while the Worldwatch Institute reports that a staggering 51% or more of global greenhouse-gas emissions are caused by animal agriculture.

ASHLEY FRUNO

Associate Director

PETA Australia

Topics:  meat and lifestock australia red meat


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