In this year full of major events for the protection of the environment, the relationship between what’s on our plates and climate change has become noteworthy.
Should we become vegan?
The subject of meat divides people more than ever. Fanaticism and relentlessness against meat production seems to be gaining ground. Some vegan extremists will go so far as to harass farm producers with hate messages on their professional and personal sites.
For vegans, the ethical treatment of animals is a frequently used argument to encourage consumers to eat less meat.
Activists from the Peta* organization were seen in Paris carrying out shocking protests raising banners with a “dog” on a barbecue accompanied by vegetable skewers and the slogan “Dog or pig: what difference? Become vegan!”:
When our emotions guide the choice between vegan and carnivore…
Journalist Victor Coutard proclaims loud and clear: “Long live fat. For nothing in this world, would I give up the fat in ham, or my bread with salted butter.”
Meanwhile, Chef Jean-Philippe Cyr, after serving lamb for 400 people at a banquet, he realized how much we uselessly sacrifice animals. The lamb dishes had barely been touched by the guests. He since adopted a vegan diet.
However, we are talking about our taste in food. We each justify which philosophy to follow.
Whether vegan or carnivore, we must tackle the reduction of waste.
Some food preferences may leave a larger carbon footprint than others. In fact, “half of the methane emissions in agriculture come from ruminants” expains a recent IPCC* report. The report also mentions how “food waste is a major problem”. Greenhouse gases resulting from food waste in Canada are four times higher than the emissions produced by our consumption of beef.
Shouldn’t this vegan-carnivore debate, as an issue of planetary public health, rather be: “must we have fewer children to save the planet”? (See the article “Is world overpopulation a threat?” by Jean Riendeau.) According to a study by the Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies, published in Environmental Research Letters in July 2017, an American family who chooses to have one less child reduces their household CO2 emissions by as many as 684 adolescents who decide to recycle their waste for the rest of their lives.
Vegans and carnivores should respect nature
In 1979, in his book “The 2nd message they gave me” (now part of “Intelligent Design”), Rael provides keys which can open minds on many subjects, including food.
“By respecting nature, you respect those who created it – our parents, the Elohim.
You will never make animals suffer. You may kill them to feed on their flesh, but do this without making them suffer. Although as already indicated, death is nothing, suffering is an abomination, and you must avoid making animals suffer, as you must prevent human beings from suffering.
Nevertheless, do not eat too much meat, and you will feel better for it.
You may live on all that the land provides… It is foolish to follow a vegetarian diet under the pretext that you do not want to live on the meat of other living creatures. Plants are alive just as you are, and suffer in the same way that you do.”
In this sense, Canada’s food guide is entirely in line with the words of Maitreya Rael.
It is time we create food using 3D printers. The technology will allow our planet to survive the food crisis and to stem the immense environmental problems caused by overproduction and the transportation of plants and animals.
With the arrival of 3D printing technology, it is the entire socio-economic structure of our planet to change. In its wake, the vegan vs carnivorous question will no longer be relevant.
Raelian Church Columnist
PETA: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
IPCC: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change