The Guardian reported this week that the Food Climate Research Network, based at England’s University of Surrey, is calling for a world-wide rationing of meat to four servings a week.
As we just finished Rosh HaShanah, a time when many of us shared in four big (likely meat) meals and we’ll be eating much more as Sukkot approaches, this gives us something to think about.
The issues at Agriprocessors, the largest kosher meat producer in the country, already has many rethinking their meat consumption or, at the very least, where it comes from. Meanwhile, evidence keeps mounting that the production of meat is a catalyst for greenhouse gasses because of, ahem, other gasses released in the process by the growing cow population.
So what if we took the FCRN’s advice and limited our meat consumption to four times a week? Once upon a time meat on the table was for special occasions only.
Do not misunderstand me. The Big Lipowsky considers himself a meatarian. But perhaps this new study, combined with the growing economic pinch, and Agri’s follies, should give us pause before biting into that next big juicy burger.
All I am saying is give peas a chance.