Beans Or Beef? The New Eco-Moral Choices
Vegetarians have long maintained that ‘beans are best’. Morally and practically, they say, vegetarian diets win over carnivorous varieties. Now there’s another string to the non-meat-eaters’ bow: veggie, especially vegan, is eco. So will people choose carrots, not carne, to reverse climate change?
All of a sudden, it’s eco to eat veg. Revisiting the ’emissions issue’, (preferably seasonal, locally-produced) vegetable-based food is now officially deemed less stressful to our environment than animal-based nutriment. And even before this, it has often been said that grain directly consumed is many times more efficient as food, than is beef produced via the consumption of grain by cattle. In other words, if we want to help reduce world hunger, one way to do this is to eat less meat.
But the snag in this simple idea – beans not beef – is, so we’re told, that people won’t wear it.
Commercial or customer opposition?
OK, so there are lots of commercial interests in keeping things as they are; progress here will probably be slow, as the likely necessity for change gradually dawns. But this necessity for change, assuming it arises, will come from consumers (‘customers’ as they used to be called).
So should we all be moving towards a vegetarian – possibly even a vegan – diet, to assuage a very big environmental and humanitarian problem? I’d be very interested to know, especially as I’m on this trajectory myself…
But what do you eat?
That’s a very easy question to answer: It’s everything except food associated with ex-living things which had a face. And, if I may say so, our wider family and friends would largely agree we are evidence that vegetarianism is not a difficult choice; when our guests go home, their dinner is rarely still on the plate. Vegetables have proven edible, in a wonderful variety of presentations. Indeed, internationalism is the flavour of the day, once the vegetables have their way.
So, is it true that, however compelling the rationale, people ‘won’t stand’ for becoming vegetarian? The floor (or table) is yours…