Eating less meat helps the environment

PUBLISHED : Monday, 27 June, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 27 June, 2011, 12:00am


People nowadays eat a lot of meat. Many of them feel they can't live without it as eating meat has become one of their dietary habits.

Personally, I think there is nothing wrong with enjoying meat. Yet I do think that many people eat way more meat than they really need.

The rising demand for meat products has meant that more poultry, pigs and cattle are needed.

Raising more animals has placed increased pressure on the ecosystem. It has also contributed greatly to carbon emissions and global warming.

In addition, our dietary habits have made us less healthy. More people are suffering from obesity, diabetes and other diet-related ailments.

While we may continue to enjoy good meals, we should pay more attention to the consequences of our dietary habits. Eating less meat would be a good start.

Janet Ching Hoi-man, Pooi To Middle School

From the Editor

Thank you for your letter, Janet. Many people do enjoy eating meat, but your letter makes a very good point. It is very harmful to the environment. Not only is there an increase in greenhouse gasses, but a lot of forest is cut down to make way for ranches. This happens a lot in countries that are leading meat producers, like Brazil. So we are not only contributing to the problem but eating into the solution.

Many people still see meat as a luxury item. As the world's wealth grows, more people feel entitled to luxury goods. This puts undue pressure on the world's resources. Scientists have long been working on an alternative and it seems one might have worked. Check out 'in-vitro meat' online. No one knows what it tastes like, but it might be with us sooner than we think.

Susan, Editor