by Michael dEstries
Categories: Animals, Eats
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paulmccartney.jpgWhile he stopped short of recommending rat’s milk as an alternative, musician Paul McCartney did follow in the footsteps of his former wife Heather Mills by advocating for increased diets of vegetables and less meat.

The former Beatle drew attention to a United Nations report which found that the livestock sector generates more greenhouse gas emissions as measured in CO2 equivalent – 18% – than transport. In a letter to the UK Press Association, he outlined the dramatic effects eating meat has on the planet — including the facts that 70% of former forests in the Amazon have been turned over to grazing and that livestock now use 30% of the entire world’s land surface. From his letter,

“That this message comes directly from an authoritative body such as the UN (whose member states, it should be remembered, are not generally considered vegetarian) rather than an organisation committed to vegetarianism is significant.

What I think is especially compelling is that this report should now encourage everybody to ‘do their bit’ for the planet… the evidence that the report gives is, frankly, stunning. It points directly to the striking detrimental effects of excessive livestock farming on the environment. It generates 65% of human-related nitrous oxide, which has 296 times the Global Warming Potential (GWP) of CO2. Most of this comes from manure.

By simply considering altering eating habits people can strike a blow for the environment, our children and the future. Such facts and data as those listed above can’t be ignored.”

Good words from Sir Paul McCartney and excellent food for thought this Holiday season as the massive festive dinners continue on through New Years. For those of us not vegetarian, consider reducing your intake this year and making an effort to invite more green into your diets. Every little bit helps. We can all be conscious of the impact our food has on the world.

via the press association 

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • quanyinmeditator

    What is really upsetting about this is that this report has been out for a year, and after Paul’s press release, all of 4 news media outlets (including your own) reported on it. One thing he did not point out was that it was the Livestock group at the United Nations Food and Agricutlure Organization which put out the report. The Livestock group!! Saying eating meat is responsible for 18% of the worlds green house gases! And the press has not picked up on it. And the University of Chicago did a study saying that by going vegan for a year, you save 50% more emissions than by driving a Prius. And its a whole lot cheaper to eat a vegan meal than to buy a Prius!

  • carol

    give example substituts and I’ll change.have the supermarkets sell different items and I’ll buy it. YOU CAN’T JUST SAY CHANGE. SHOW EXAMPLES.

  • deena

    I went “fish-only-every-now-and-then vegetarian” 2 years ago. Transitioning from meat was not hard at all. It takes some time to research online what looks good to you, and then what is available in your grocery.

  • animalfriend

    Sir Paul is wise and a great personality, indeed!

  • Dana

    for Carol: Whole Foods, Wild Oats and Trader Joe’s have a great selection of vegetarian and vegan prepared food items, both fresh and frozen. Whole Foods has a great selection of the raw ingredients for cooking vegetarian or vegan from scratch, such as organic lentils, beans and nuts in the bulk section as well as canned and frozen. The above retailers also offer all kinds of soy and nut milks, soy yogurts, soy and nut butters and “mock-meat” substitutes like veggie bacon, veggie beef (great for tacos, which I had a few nights ago) and veggie sausage. And more and more mainstream grocery stores like Safeway and Giant offer vegetarian products as well.

    For veggie friendly restaurants go to

    There’s plenty of vegetarian-oriented websites that help people make the transition to eating less or no meat. Just do some googling and you’ll find them. One great one is

  • Rhetta Akamatsu

    Following in Heather’s footsteps???

    Paul has been an advocate of vegetarianism for well over 30 years. His first wife, Linda, had her own line of frozen vegetarian dinners. They never missed an opportunity to spread the word before it became a popular thing to do.

    If anything, Ms. Mills would be folloing in his footsteps, not the other way around.

  • Marg Stoneman

    Please quote what Heather Mills actually said, with regard to ‘rats milk’, not what the media are saying that Heather said. My recollection is that she said we might as well drink rat milk as well as cow milk, meaning that one is as disgusting as the other.

  • Donna

    You’re right Marg. The rat milk comment was misquoted.

    I think it’s about time that all good women (and men) defend Heather.

    Her treatment by the press is indicative of societies attitude towards women.

    It appears that the McCartney family has used this apparent disadvantage to their advantage.

  • Al Acarte

    I think we should all be more concerned with the massive amounts of methane that is in Sir Paul.