The Washington Post Declares War on Meat
The Washington Post recently published a controversial article entitled “Meat is Horrible” on the proposal by the United Nations to put a global tax on meat.
The Washington Post recently published a controversial article entitled “Meat is Horrible” on the proposal by the United Nations to put a global tax on meat. This detailed exposé dives into the environmental, health and animals rights issues surrounding the production and consumption of red meat specifically.
Author Rachel Premack states, “By 2050, scientists forecast that emissions from agriculture alone will account for how much carbon dioxide the world can use to avoid catastrophic global warming. It already accounts for one-third of emissions today — and half of that comes from livestock.”
The taxation on meat is not without hot debate. As it is the United Nations discussing the potential of raising the price of meat to discourage consumption, this is a global debate. But as with anything that reaches beyond national borders, it is all very political.
Many people do not realize what goes on before the t-bone steak is on their plates. From raising the cattle with sufficient food, water, shelter and medicine (because with the living conditions they are commonly ill) requires a substantial amount of money and natural resources.
An estimated 80% of water in the US is used for agriculture, and the majority of that is for cattle - the bigger the animal, the more food and water it requires.
By cutting down or eliminating meat altogether from our diets, we can severely reduce the amount of carbon dioxide we are putting into the air, which will help stop the warming of the planet and the drastic weather changes we are already experiencing as a result.
Not only beneficial for the environment, a meat-free diet is also ideal for our bodies. An estimated $734 billion in heath care costs related to the heavy consumption of red meat.
While the taxation on meat is not a new proposal, it is gaining popularity in many countries as an obvious choice to quickly solve the climate crisis.
All signs point to a brighter future with less meat in our bodies and fewer animals raised for the sole purpose of mass consumption.
Environment aside, would you consider cutting back on meat or going vegetarian or vegan for your health?