Burping cows are causing climate change. Okay, that’s a slight exaggeration… but there’s some truth to it. Methane emissions from livestock (as well as associated land clearance and fertiliser use), contribute more to global warming than all the cars, trucks, trains, planes, and ships in the world combined.

Too much meat is also bad for our health. People in rich countries already eat much more than is healthy for them (and people in developing countries are catching up), pushing up rates of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and certain cancers. The average family in the UK, for example, would have to cut meat consumption by half just to get to healthy levels.

What do our readers think? We had a question sent in from Tony, asking whether Europeans should be encouraged to eat less meat.

Next, we had a comment from Bódis: “I would really prefer to focus consumption on local / regional and seasonal produce instead of telling [people] to eat less meat.”

Nando considers eating meat to be a central part of European food culture. Given that meat is so important to our diets and way of life, he wondered how Europeans can be encouraged to eat more sustainably.

Lastly, reader Boyko feared to fall victim to yet “another regulation, like the ones on the straight bananas and cucumbers”, arguing whether or not he eats meat would be exclusively his personal choise.

To get a response, we put these comments to Karsten Maier, Secretary General of the European Livestock and Meat Trades Union. You can see his response in the video at the top of this post.

Should we all eat less meat? Would a ‘meat tax’ encourage people to eat more sustainably? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below, and we’ll take them to policymakers and experts for their reactions!

IMAGE CREDITS: CC / Flickr – Rogerio Bromfman
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What do YOU think?

  1. avatar

    No..eat them younger – that way they don’t pollute so much !

  2. avatar

    If we only eat vegetables metane will be produced by us.

  3. avatar

    Nonsense! I don’t believe it! When I walk down the street I breathe gas emissions from vehicles, not the belching gases from cows, people or any other animal.
    Feritization is used also for crops…
    If the taking care of cows or other animals is taking too much energi, resources or risk pollution of soil, ground water and air then please change these methods with more natural, rustic ways! We all will benefit from it!
    Do those scientists want to claim that cows pollute the waters, the oceans with their gases? 😁😆

  4. avatar

    Greedy profiteers cause climate change. Cows are friends of Earth and environment

  5. avatar

    Whoever wants to eat little to no meat – that’s his choice. But don’t call me for it.

  6. avatar

    We should all be free to choose and not be asked this kind of questions.

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