British Climate Leader Says Stop Eating Meat to Save the Planet

A leader in global climate change Lord Stern say one way to end climate change is to go vegan. Lord Stern of Brentford 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.”

Emissions from pigs and cows is a significant source of methane which a greenhouse gas. Methane is 23 times stronger that carbon dioxide as a gas.

Lord Stern author the 2006 Stern Review of the cost of global warming said that a good outcome of  the  upcoming Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen  would including higher food cost that raise the price of meat and other food the contributes to massive amounts of greenhouse gasses.

Stern believe that Copenhagen presents a unique opportunity to for the world break free from the world current course. He believes the world need to change the output of worldwide greenhouses from 50 gigatons to 25 gigatons by 2030.

He believes that peoples attitudes will change. “I think it’s important that people think about what they are doing and that includes what they are eating,” he said. “I am 61 now and attitudes towards drinking and driving have changed radically since I was a student. People change their notion of what is responsible. They will increasingly ask about the carbon content of their food.”

Lord Stern is calling for US President Barack Obama to attend the Copenhagen conference in December so an effective agreement with the U.S.in the lead will be reached. He said, was “desperately needed” to secure a deal.

Critics calls it  foolish. Jonathan Scurlock, of the National Farmers Union, said: “Going vegetarian is not a worldwide solution. It’s not a view shared by the NFU. Farmers in this country are interested in evidence-based policy making. We don’t have a methane-free cow or pig available to us.”

Times of London.

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