NO MEAT FOR YOU

The Milk Moustache’s Georgia Martin discusses why we should cut the fat and all animal products, and hopefully become a vegan friendly society. No longer will we be known for our mass meat pie consumption, but for our green salads.

Meat wins first place on our plates and in our Aussie hearts, but we need to cut it out.

The constant consumption of meat and animal product is part of our Aussie lifestyle. We very rarely take into consideration the effects our snag sandwiches are having on our other icons of clean beaches, rainforests and abundant reefs, let alone our future food security.

Earlier this year, a report by the UN urged us to adopt veganism in order to limit global starvation, and the worst impacts generated by climate change. The report specified that our meat and dairy rich diets are unsustainable and, if maintained, will be detrimental to our environment.

It does make sense. With a population expected to be around 9.1 billion by 2050, how are we going to maintain our massive intake? There will come a time where supply and demand will be extremely unbalanced.

I know lifestyle choices on diet are extremely personal, and it’s hypocritical to command someone else to adopt what you believe. However I’m starting to think it might not just be about the choices we make as individuals, but about the ramifications our animal indulgent taste buds are having as a collective. We simply need to limit and potentially eliminate our meat intake.

According to the report, agriculture, particularly meat and dairy products, accounts for 70 per cent of global freshwater consumption, 38 per cent of the total land use, and 19 per cent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.

But veganism doesn’t just have to be about saving the world. It can be an easy and effective way to achieve weight loss, cholesterol control, and general wellbeing.

Modern science tells us that over 80 per cent of damage done to our bodies is created by the more free radicals we have in our system. Meat and animal products take a massive toll on our digestive system; the more difficult digestion, the more oxidation is required to breakdown foods. The more oxidation, the more free radicals are produced. Ultimately, the more damage done.

Not only that, animal products are high in saturated fat; a major contributor to heart disease and arterial disease. If you have ever been affected by cancer in any way, you will know that many doctors insist patients start a cancer-free diet. A diet that is very much based on veganism. And that, I believe, should also be used as a prevention tool, and integrated into our culture.

With all the benefits veganism provides, it’s hard to understand why we are still eating animal products. And yes, it’s easy to advocate for something that sounds good on paper, but also hard to give up something so innately part of our everyday life and social experience. But it is time to start reducing our meat intake, maybe to try being a vegan for a few days a week, or start swapping some of the main animal products. Soymilk instead of cow milk, veggie or tofu burgers instead of beef or chicken, maybe even hummus instead of cheese on those crackers? Take the parts of the vegan diet that appeal to you, or that you think you could achieve, and start there.

13 Responses to “NO MEAT FOR YOU”

  1. Chris November 8, 2011 at 11:52 pm #

    Interesting and powerful article. People need to understand that the society that most of the world lives in, is not balanced with the resources that our planet can produce. This article opens up people’s eyes to what is really happening to our planet, caused by our greediness as we take our planet’s resources for granted.

  2. Molly Addison November 9, 2011 at 12:40 am #

    Great article, lots of really good points. Not only does cutting out/reducing animal products from your diet assist with the balance in nature but it also has major health bonuses too. I have recently become ‘almost’ a vegan (everything but fish) and from just a few weeks in I feel really fresh, my skin is loving me, my tummy is happy and I have all this stored up energy. I thought it would be really hard to cut out chocolate and biscuits but as georgia lists above ‘Soymilk instead of cow milk, veggie or tofu burgers instead of beef or chicken, maybe even hummus instead of cheese on those crackers?’ they have easily been replaced yummy vegan friendly options. Give it a go, so we can give back to nature.

  3. Cal November 9, 2011 at 1:31 am #

    This feels like a good stepping stone right?

  4. The Milk Moustache November 9, 2011 at 2:33 am #

    Thanks for the link, love the “third option” weekday veg will cut out 70% of your meat intake. Great! 🙂

  5. Anthea November 9, 2011 at 6:22 am #

    Some great points, i have been on soy for a while now and feeling a lot better ( and too upset to eat bacon ever since i saw the movie “babe” and read Charlotte’s Web as child) but great ideas about easing into vegan-ism a few days a week. Chocolate- Soy icecream also tastes alot better i think too than the dairy version anyway.

  6. Anthony November 9, 2011 at 8:42 am #

    Good article, and yes its a nice idea. But, I love a good, well cooked (medium-rare) steak, don’t think i could ever come to such a conclusion, giving it up is not an option. Reducing how much i have… yeah ok maybe.

  7. sarah November 9, 2011 at 8:44 am #

    Personally I don’t think I could become a vegan. Majority of my diet consists of animal products, especially for my iron and calcium intake for health reasons. I know you can receive these vitamins from other sources such as non-animal products but they only contain low amounts and you would have to eat a lot to receive the daily adequate amount. Also I don’t understand why eating animal products is so bad if they are going to produce them anyway? I agree with all the points about how a vegan lifestyle is a very healthy way of life. Great article 🙂

  8. brett mathias November 9, 2011 at 8:48 am #

    You raise a lot of good points and there are a lot of positives comments from other readers. But as we all know every one has there own opinion. I think meat is needed twice a week, especially red meat it’s great source of protein and in a well balanced diet i don’t see a problem…i realised you can get protein from other sources. I myself just really enjoy it.

  9. Simon Hughes November 9, 2011 at 8:20 pm #

    Agreed, anything that draws peoples’ attention to excessive consumption is laudable however it is probably consumption per se that is the biggest problem facing the planet, not consumption of meat. It is difficult to argue not eting meat is better for us given life expectancies are higher now than at any time in history (as far as we are aware). Furthermore can the world sustain 9 billion vegans any more than 9billion omnivores, given the extra proportion of land required to produce that volume of food.
    Nevertheless, again I applaud the focus on consumption.
    Simon

  10. Deb Newton November 10, 2011 at 12:08 am #

    Interesting article. I haven’t eaten red meat for 20+ years, but do like my white meat and have to agree with Sarah that I would find it hard to eliminate it from my diet. We need to find a balance. Many rural areas rely on primary industries to survive.

  11. Bec Berger November 10, 2011 at 11:30 am #

    Go George! Here, here!

  12. Ellen November 11, 2011 at 3:31 pm #

    Fantastic article. As a vegan myself, I could talk for hours about the merits of adopting a ‘cruelty-free’ diet and lifestyle, but many people worry that they’d miss out on too much and be left with ‘rabbit food’. not so! I’m absolutely crazy about food and find that veganism has helped me developed my interest in it: I can’t just reach for the first thing in the pantry anymore, but instead I have to be creative: investigate ingredients, devise new interesting recipes and then hide all my stuff from my completely carnivorous family who will hate to admit that vegan food can be amazing! I really recommend Johnathon Safran-Foer’s ‘Eating Animals’ for anyone interested in the realities of the modern farming. In the meantime, Meatfree Monday’s are a great way to wean yourself off of munching on cute, fluffy critters, ha!

  13. Cathy November 11, 2011 at 10:31 pm #

    Great article….I personally love vegan food,but my family wouldnt particular like it as a permanent option.(no matter what I believe the positive health benefits to be!!)
    However,interesting that the UN recommend veganism as an option for global consumerism.
    Where does this leave beef/poultry and dairy farmers?
    Can vegetable farmers sustain our worldwide consumerism any better?
    Your article raises some very interesting issues that we as a society will need to address in the not to distant future im sure.Thanks for the read

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