Vegetarian is the New Prius

I’ve long suspected, given the nature of the ethical arguments for going vegetarian, that environmental ones are, practically speaking, akin to the prophylactic I carry around with me in my wallet; that is: almost certainly superfluous. But it’s always reassuring to know you’ve got something to fall back on if needs be. Here’s “Vegetarian is the New Prius” by Kathy Freston in The Huffington Post.

Last month, the United Nations published a report on livestock and the environment with a stunning conclusion: “The livestock sector emerges as one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global.” It turns out that raising animals for food is a primary cause of land degradation, air pollution, water shortage, water pollution, loss of biodiversity, and not least of all, global warming.

PS: Happy New Year!

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