Many people falsely believe that if we weren't using animals for their food and excretions, they would either take over the planet or go extinct.
Just what is meat? To many people, meat is the flesh of land animals -- specifically cows, pigs, chickens, goats, turkeys, lambs, and maybe a few others like duck or pheasant. To some, meat is "red" and comes from cows, maybe pigs. This assumption allows cow meat to have other names, such as steak or … Continue reading Fish is (not) a vegetarian food
It's time for a top-down approach to sustainability. A top-down approach does not assume that any improvement is a failure. It celebrates any and all progress and uses them as fuel to motivate future change. In this way, we are constantly building on our achievements and creating a positive change model.
This is the final section in my series on What is the most sustainable diet? Check out Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 if you are interested. As we have seen, the harder we try to identify the most sustainable diet, the more complicated it gets. This isn't the type of question that can be answered … Continue reading What is the most sustainable diet?: Part 4
This is part 3 in my series asking What is the most sustainable diet? If you're interested, check out Part 1 and Part 2 in the series. To sum up the first two parts in this series: Talking about sustainability is COMPLICATED. There are a lot of different definitions of what is included in sustainability. Sustainability measurements often use … Continue reading What is the most sustainable diet?: Part 3
This is the second part in my series exploring the question: What is the most sustainable diet. Check out part 1. As I have discussed previously, sustainability is a complicated and highly contested topic. While there a wide variety of areas that can be included under sustainability, it is often primarily understood in terms of climate change and … Continue reading What is the most sustainable diet?: Part 2
In part 1 of my exploration of the question: What is the most sustainable diet? I address the recent hype that a vegan diet is 'not as sustainable' as other diets. In the modern world, everyone seems to want a simple answer to every question, no matter how complex. That's probably why a recent study has been promoted as proof that am … Continue reading What IS the most sustainable diet?: Part 1
How do you quantify, monetise or in any way try to value something as intangible as, say, preventing climate change? This question may seem a bit ridiculous: Who cares? Climate change is a serious problem and we need to do something about it NOW! Yes, and no. The problem is: we live in a world where money … Continue reading What’s your price tag on… sustainability? An animal’s life? Your health?
While a day doesn't seem to go by without someone mentioning the continuing increase in meat consumption, it's not that simple. In fact, while food consumption growth is, indeed, outpacing overall population growth, meat consumption is actually decreasing. Yes, certain types of meat (mainly poultry) continue to be eaten at rates higher than population growth in 'developing' countries, … Continue reading Meeting demands for less meat
The greater the threat, the greater the gap in knowledge, the more urgent and more impossible is the decision. Just where ARE the animals we are eating? Sure, I see a handful of sheep or cows while riding the train through the British countryside, but these represent a minuscule proportion of the 100 billion animals … Continue reading Eating Animals: A Risky Business