‘Eat less meat, preserve environment’

'We humans eat about 230m tones of animals a year, twice as much as we did 30 years ago.'

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:June 30, 2014 12:02 am
quest-main The vegetarian food products taste better than non-vegetarian products, says a class 9 student.

“Animals are my friends…and I don’t eat my friends.”

If we really want to reduce the human impact on the environment, the simplest and cheapest thing anyone can do is to eat less meat. Behind most of the joints of beef or chicken on our plates is a phenomenally wasteful, land- and energy-hungry system of farming that devastates forests, pollutes oceans, rivers, seas and air, depends on oil and coal, and is significantly responsible for climate change. The way we breed animals is now recognized by the UN, scientists, economists and politicians as giving rise to many interlinked human and ecological problems, but with 1 billion people already not having enough to eat and 3 billion more mouths to feed within 50 years, the urgency to rethink our relationship with animals is extreme.

Anahita Aibara, VIII-D,
St. Francis High School Vasai

If we really want to reduce the human impact on the environment, the simplest and the cheapest thing we can do is eat less meat. Meat is a wasteful use of water and creates a lot of greenhouse gases. It puts enormous pressure on the world’s resources. According to me a vegetarian diet is always better. The production of meat has a greater impact on the environment. Also, the vehicles used to transport meat products pollute the environment. So, if we start turning vegetarian, the consumption of meat will be less and the pollution caused by the vehicles could also be controlled. Eating meat is wasting the world’s finest resources and to save the earth’s future population from going hungry, I insist that we should have a vegetarian diet so that we eat plant foods directly instead of eating meat.

Bhoomika Wadhwa, IX-A,
Cambridge School, Kandivali

We treasure our earth, and since we have only one, we should protect it and the wildlife that populates it. Imagine what a difference you could make if you ate no meat.  If we really want to reduce the human impact on the environment, the simplest and cheapest thing anyone can do is to eat less meat and go vegetarian. Meat-eaters need far more space than vegetarians do.

For cattle rearing, needs vast amounts of land, food, fuel and water, emit methane and other greenhouse gases and produce mountains of physical waste. Meat-eaters have increased chances of obesity, cancers, heart diseases and other illnesses as well as a hole in the pocket. I would end saying, “Don’t become a vegetarian for your health, do it for the animals’ health as the animal is your friend and we don’t eat our friends.”

Daminithakur, Viii/e,
Cambridge school, Kandivali( east)

More than 60% of the total population in the world is consumer of protein rich animal flesh. This affects the ecological food cycle as the animals which consume smaller animals deplete faster due to their hunting for food by the human beings. This results to a drastic increase in the population of the primary animals and they consume plants faster. Thus inviting natural calamities, deforestation, landslides, etc… Secondly, as the animals are eaten by the humans, their population takes a nose-dive and results to extinction of species. Eventually this leads to an imbalance in nature. The non vegetarians consume flesh to obtain proteins. Eggs and lean meat are its richest source. But there is an alternative to obtain proteins, i.e. consumption of soya beans. If each human becomes a vegetarian, the food cycle will be undisturbed and the balance in nature could be restored. The species of the animals would be conserved for a longer period and malpractices like hunting, poaching would not be encouraged. So human beings should realize their responsibility towards conservation of the planet and contribute by being vegetarian to make earth a better place to live in.

Harshit Desai,
Ryan International School CBSE Malad

Yes, I think that humans need to stop eating animals and become vegetarian. It would be better for all of us if we all did this, we would also save a lot of money, because large amounts of money are spent in order to raise farm animals. If we were all vegetarians, there would be less fights and diseases.
A vegetarian diet is better for humans. Vegetarian diets are better than meat based diets, but the effects don’t ruin humanity for the rest of time. Many people will change to the healthier diet.
Yes, people should stop eating animals and be a vegetarian. There have been many studies that show that there is no need for meat to get the nutrients that you need. Eating meat and other products from animals have been proved to increase you chance to get cancer and have other bad health concerns.

Jay Dharmehdra Jain, VII-A,
Cambridge School, Kandivli (E)

Make a difference today and save our planet.  Primarily, our eating habits depend on factors of place, practice or purpose etc.  To do our bit, to save the planet, the most feasible option today, is reducing eating meat until complete vegetarianism.  Because meat produces takes up the use of land and energy consuming system of farming, devastates forests and pollutes oceans, rivers sea and air.  Its dependence on oil and coal creates climate change. Breeding of animals, as recognised by UN scientists, economists and politicians give rise to interlinked human and ecological issues. Cost of meat items is higher than vegetarian items. Resources saved can be utilised for better housing, and healthcare.  With 1 billion people already not having enough to eat and 3 billion more mouths to feed in the coming years, the urgency to rethink our relationship with animals is getting critical.

Myron Soares,
Ryan International School,
CBSE MALAD

We humans eat about 230m tones of animals a year, twice as much as we did 30 years ago. We mostly breed four species – chickens, cows, sheep and pigs all of which need vast amounts of food and water, emit methane and other greenhouse gases and produce mountains of physical waste Diets should change to help the planet with beef replaced by pork, cheese by eggs, ice-cream by yoghurt and whisky by beer, according to research for the Food Standards Agency.Other recommendations included eating more seasonal produce to reduce transportation and switching to microwave ovens and pressure cookers to use less energy, called Food and Climate Change, could raise opposition among those who enjoy eating produce from around the world at any time of the year. Diets should change with many items to help save our planet.

Nimisha Varghese, VIII-D,
St. Francis High School, VASAI

Nowadays, there are so many dangers that confront our planet, the Earth. One of the main dangers is the extinction, poaching and rearing of animals. By this, we can say how much resources are being used presently on non-vegetarian people.

The vegetarian food products taste better than non-vegetarian products and even veggies win the battle by beating the animals in their nutritional value. Some religions like Jainism and Buddhism prohibit slaughtering and eating of animals which is a very big step towards vegetarianism. Every human being should be encouraged to eat vegetables and all other vegetarian stuff. God has created animals and plants and humans for a biological cycle in which animals are meant to be eaten by animals and not by human beings. Out of all the other animals, only a small percentage of animals are carnivores. So, from now on let’s switch to eating veggies and lead a healthy and danger free life on the earth and save all animals from being served!

Parth Shah, 9 C,
Cambridge School

Holding responsible the many fallacies that are associated with a vegetarian diet of the rise in the number of meat caters, Maneka Gandhi said that even many medical practitioners were not aware of this.
“They believe in the dictum ‘garbage in garbage out’. They don’t believe in the adage ‘prevention is better than cure’ and so preventive methods preached by Naturopathy or Ayurveda have been termed as alternative medicine”. Diet and nutrition forms a very minuscule part of medical curriculum, she feels. “Even athletes turn vegetarians some five to six days before a tournament as it is known to make them feel more healthy and agile”. Food is responsible for 30% of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions (according to the now WWF report) and a large proportion of that is from livestock farming. The average Briton eats 50g of animal protein a day a chicken breast or a lamp chop.That’s much less than countries like the united states, but it is still 25-50% more than the average person needs for health nutrition.
The main reason that world food production must rise by 50% in the next 50 years (The UN FAO’s projection) is not the increase in population, but the increase the meat eating as poorer countries develop. That is why people should become vegetarian.

Pooja K. Ghorecha, Std. VII-C
St. Xavier’s High School, Borivli (E)

The idea of going veggie for the planet has acquired the status of common sense. People might not want to do it, but few seem to disagree that eating less or no meat would protect the environment.
‘Having one designated meat-free day a week is actually a meaningful change that everyone can make, that goes to the heart of several important political, environmental and ethical issues all at once.’Even if people went vegetarian, they would probably start eating other animal products like cheese and eggs in greater quantities, thus reducing the alleged ‘benefits’ to the planet of rejecting meat —  the animals would still be around, still producing food. Only if the world went vegan would there be a really noticeable effect on greenhouse gas emissions.

Priyanka Guha, X A,
Cambridge School, Kandivli (E)
St. Xavier’s High School, Borivali (E)

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