Remember back in April when MACA (The Mid America CropLife Association) sent Michelle Obama a letter urging her to reconsider using pesticides in her vegetable garden; cause that’s how modern farming is done? Well, we’ve got a upset letter coming from the British Farmers’ Union, this time in protest of Paul McCartney’s new Meat-Free Mondays campaign.
The famous singer launched the initiative this past Monday with daughters Stella and Mary and a host of other celebrities in London. “Having one designated meat-free day a week is a meaningful change that everyone can make, that goes to the heart of several important political, environmental and ethical issues all at once,” he said. We should care about climate change because if we don’t, we are going to leave our children and their children in a hell of a mess.”
In response, a British Farmers’ Union rep said that the initiative is “overstating” the environmental problems caused by meat manufacturing. “Diet is a lifestyle matter, and individual choices must be respected, but this campaign has a rather gimmicky air to it,” they said. “It greatly overstates the contribution that British livestock make to climate change, compared to, for example, transport where emissions have been rising rapidly in recent years.”
While the British contribution to emissions from factory farming may be low compared to other countries, they’re still a great source of environmental degradation; not to mention welfare concerns for animals. I like the idea of Meat-Free Mondays — mainly because it opens up people’s palates to the fact that not every meal need include meat. One day a week without the red has also been determined to be better for one’s health — so why not give it a shot?
For more info, check out the Meat-Free Mondays UK site.