by Michael dEstries
Categories: Animals, Eats
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paulmRemember 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.

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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  • http://RawfoodsRetreat.com Erin Raw Foods

    I hope they start meat free months and all the animal farmers go out of business. That’s right. I hope none of them have jobs. Then they’ll be forced to find a humane occupation.

  • Whoever…

    Who are the extremists now?

    Since when does the British Farmers’ Union or any other Farmers’ Union for that matter have the right to tell people what to do?

    In case they haven’t noticed, Europe isn’t N. Korea!

    I’ve mentioned this before and I’ll mention it again:

    Environmentalists and veg*ans are extremely feared by the remaining people because we pose a threat to their conventional lifestyle.

    That’s why they charge us with everything they have – they insult us, they call us liars, extremists, crazy, close minded, ignorant, uninformed and uneducated, etc.

    They can’t bear the idea that we might be right. That would mean they would have to come out of their nice little box and see beyond their comfort zone… And that’s scary!

    How else would you justify their extreme reactions to any of our actions and to our own lifestyle?
    If anyone is doing something wrong it’s them!!

    And what saddens me the most is to read comments of veg*ans and environmentalists against each other and against AR NGOs. I’m not saying we should accept everything we all do and say but if we allow the ‘others’ to make us turn on each other, then we’re actually proving them right when they say we’re extremists, ignorant and hypocrites…

    Oh and one more thing. I’m very sorry, but Ecorazzi is starting to lose all its fun! I see more non-veg*an and non-environmentalists on this site (infesting it with their hatred and insults) than the opposite…!

    Have people lost their ‘spine’!? If we can’t even stick together in an on-line site, how can we change things out there in real life!?

    :( :( :(

  • Ariela

    Meat free days should turn into meat free months or meat free years!

    And I agree we do need to stick together in order to get things done! Since we are labeled “others” and told that our views are wrong by many farmers and the like it is extremely important that we do not fight within our own communities. While I respect the views of those who choose not to live a vegan lifestyle it is SO important that they do not come onto sites that they know are filled with compassionate people who give a damn about the environment and put us down.

    I love the feeling of a compassionate community that is united and I really get that when I read the blog GirlieGirl Army http://www.girliegirlarmy.com . It’s not only funny as hell, it’s also caring and radical. You can find vegan recipes, vegan fashion, tips on how to live more sustainable lives, and animals in desperate need that are up for adoption -to just name a few!

    If you want to be a part of a totally compassionate group and feel loved and respected online I really suggest that you check it out.

  • VeggieTart

    I don’t hate to tell the British “Farmers” Union, but the U.N. and the U.S. EPA back up the statement that meat production causes more global warming than all transportation and other industrial sources. So the meat industry can go pound sand!

    And it’s not like Sir Paul is asking people to completely give it up. He’s asking them to make a tiny reduction by going veg ONE measly day a week.

  • hil

    I started doing Meat Free Monday’s about a year ago (the first time Ecorazzi talked about it) and I think it was a great decision. It works well for people like myself that just aren’t quite ready to commit, before I knew it I was reducing my meat comsumption more and more and expanding my pallet. I’m still an omnivore but I keep cutting back, and adding new restrictions like on days I eat meat no more than once a day, and NO meat that’s too cheap (if a chicken sandwhich only costs a dollar that should scare people!). I may become a vegetarian one day, and I may not, I’m open to either possibility, but I’m glad I started somewhere and now I don’t feel so guilty around my vegetarian and vegan friends :) . Just my two cents.

  • http://RawfoodsRetreat.com Erin Raw Foods

    Hil,

    That is wonderful progress you have made. Good for you! And whether you ever go totally veg/vegan or not, I think it’s great you’ve cut down on your consumption. Remember, many civilizations didn’t (and don’t) even eat meat once a day… So it’s not that uncommon to eat meat that infrequently or even more so ;)

    Also when you do eat meat for your health, the planet (and the lil animals :) it’s certainly better to eat organic. Honestly, I think it’s CRUCIAL to never eat meat that is not organic IF you eat meat that is…

    Good luck and again congrats on the progress.

    Like I said I finally realized (after yrs of really pushing friends and family to go vegan – n/one of them did… I now realize I’d rather encourage 100 relatives (and I have more than that!) to cut back on meat 50% than 1 person to cut back 100%

    :) E

  • hil

    Thanks Erin :)

  • http://www.veganjapan.net herwin

    me too, i think its great to see someone having a meat free day and having a positive openminded spirit !

  • Whoever…

    Congratulations Hil! :)

    You’re on the right track! :)

    If you need a little push in making the full transition, and when you feel you’re ready, you could watch ‘Earthlings’:
    http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=9FD18926170ED901&search_query=earthlings

    I must warn you tough (if you still haven’t watched it), that it’s very intense… not many people are able to watch it to the end.

  • hil

    Thanks everyone :)

  • sissi

    hil I am so happy for you,
    diet is a personnal choice so mccartneys and us decided to be veggies

  • http://www.vegangrub.com Eric

    Smoking outside, where it is only harming the smoker is a personal choice.

    Eating factory farmed meat, which produces more pollution than all of the vehicles on earth combined is not a fair personal choice, it is a cheap F.U. to the entire earth and all the people in it, especially future generations.

    Any day that ruins the factory farms’ bottom line is a red letter day in my book.