Good news for red meat eaters harassed by thoise almost endless naggings from climate change experts.
|Got a table, now the choice ... The menu arrives and time to decide to take a tasty way to start saving the world ... Photo by Ayo Ogunseinde on Unsplash, with many thanks.|
How big a reduction is needed, red meat eaters might wonder?
Science’s reply is not very encouraging: beef consumption must drop by 90%.
Scientists say that the western world needs to replace carved slices of beef on the dinner plate with beans and pulses – about five times more than happens at present.
Stand up anyone who has given up red meat? Here is one witness, standing before his keyboard, hand on (healthier) heart to swear that he did not just give up red meat, but all meat.
This happy convert
And the big surprise about going vegetarian is that it didn’t and doesn’t hurt.
It didn’t hurt me and now, some years later, it still remains painless with no desire at all to go back.
What did this happy convert have for dinner tonight?
A couple of small sweet potatoes, half a red onion, and two eggs, casseroled in the microwave for a few minutes. And it was delicious.
I’m not saying that just because I was the cook. I confess that I did indulge. I accompanied the treat with a low GI roll from Lidl's, and a puritanical glass or two of Sainsbury’s red grape juice and water.
|No meat for me ... A happy vegetarian. Photo by Philipp Meeh on Unsplash with thanks.|
Not at all. True, I’m not one for spices and the like, so it might be that for some people the food could be tarted up taste-wise.
And of course, that can be done without going back to meat.
For variety, sometimes I use smoked fish from Aldi, sometimes a small can of tuna. There are many, many alternatives to meat, and by using them, we’re helping to help save the world.
Another very valid reason for the noteworthiness of this fellow, your correspondent, giving up meat is that I was brought up in God’s Own where meat is cheap, fresh and plentiful.
And, honestly, I don’t miss cooked flesh at all. I had to give up smoking before I sailed around the world via Cape Horn on my own, and that really was a challenge.
I expected that going vegetarian would be a similar hurdle.
It wasn’t, not in the slightest and it isn’t, and best of all, it is a simple way to help save the world, to be doing your bit – our bit – for our kids and the populations to come.
That's what science tells us so that's what we accept. And, anyway, this way is tasty and pleasing and at the very least saves us a packet.
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