Lord Stern, former chief economist of the World Bank, and author of a major report a few years ago on climate change, has announced that he feels that more people should think about becoming vegetarians.
He believes that, just as people have changed their damaging behaviour in terms of smoking and drink driving, they should in this too. He argues that meat production is a waste of water and is a major producer of greenhouse gases.
According to the UN meat production is the cause of 18% of world carbon emissions, including methane, which is 23 times more damaging than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas.
In an interview with The Times, he said: “Meat is a wasteful use of water and creates a lot of greenhouse gases. It puts enormous pressure on the world’s resources. A vegetarian diet is better.”
It’s good to know that my worthiness, and that of other vegetarians, is starting to pay dividends for the planet!