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Should people stop eating meat?

The Worldwatch Institute says around 50 percent of greenhouse gases come from raising livestock. Proponents of going vegetarian say there are few reasons to eat meat, and every reason to switch to a vegetarian diet. It's ethically better, better for the world, and better for your health. Carnivores say meat is delicious and that's reason enough to keep on eating meat. What do you think? 🍖

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This video, by AsapSCIENCE, explains what would happen if the world went vegetarian. 

Here's a breakdown of how much meat the average person in the U.S. eats each year. It's a lot. 

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Researchers say if people truly care about stopping or slowing climate change, one of the most important things they can do as an individual is to stop eating meat. While beef is the worst of all meat products in terms of resource use, meat in general uses a huge amount of water and grain relative to plant-based foods. The way we eat is often overlooked as a means of stopping climate change, but it's an essential part. 

What does work for everyone though is not eating meat. It’s basic maths. Estimates vary, but it takes around 7 kilos of grain to make one kilo of beef. Pigs are about 4:1 and relatively thifty chickens are around 2:1. Then there’s the vast water consumption (15,415 litres for a kilo of beef, some of which goes into growing the feed) and the CO2 emissions (27kg for a kilo of beef). If, however, humans were to eat the kilo of grain themselves, that would be that. A kilo of lentils creates only 0.9 kg of CO2. Along with not flying and driving, going vegetarian is one of the very best things you can do for the earth.

Besides climate change, proponents of vegetarian diets say it's completely unnecessary to kill animals for food. It's clear animals are capable of feeling pain and emotions to a certain extent. Compounded with the environmental effects, and the only way you can reasonably eat meat is through willful ignorance and acceptance of a degree of cruelty against animals. 

I keep stumbling across books ranging from Donald Griffin’s The Question of Animal Awareness (1976) to Carl Sarfina’s Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel (2015). It seems abundantly clear to me that animals feel as we do and suffer as we do. Crows use tools, whales have culture, pigs can learn and cows interact socially. Moreover, the difference between us and the animals is one of degree, not type. Christianity teaches us we are apart from the animals, but these days only the most deluded zealot could believe we are anything other than very clever monkeys.
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Others say cutting meat out altogether is a bit extreme. There are plenty of ways to eat meat ethically—the easiest way is to buy free-range and organic meat. With so many options these days, those who are truly concerned about their environmental impact can make conscious choices that give them the best of both worlds. Some meat eaters point to the fact that harvesting vegetable and nuts often kill a large number of animals as a byproduct. There's no real difference between killing these animals as a byproduct of a harvest, and killing animals for consumption. 

Also, some evidence shows that vegetarians kill more animals than meat-eaters. Steven Davis, a researcher in the animal science department at Oregon State University, found that tractors, making space for more fields of kale and whole grains, kill tons of rabbits, mice, and other field-dwelling cutie pies.
"What is it that makes it OK to kill animals of the field so that we can eat [vegetables or fruits] but not pigs or chickens or cows?" he asked ABC News.

Meat lovers tend to be attached to meat for more than just reasons of convenience. People genuinely enjoy the taste and tactile feel of meat. Vegetables just don't cut it sometimes. Christine Sterbenz at Business Insider singles out ribs as a reason why she'll never give up meat. There's just nothing else quite like it. 

There’s something primal and wholly satisfying about tearing meat from bone with your fingers and teeth. (If you use a knife and fork to eat ribs, we can't be friends.) Laughing with your dinner partners, you wipe saucy residue from you lips and cheeks. It’s a delicious bonding experience. I will never give that up.
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