During the week I have to drive several hours for work which gives me opportunities to enjoy audio books. The other day, I was listening to a conference given by the late Albert Jacquard, researcher emeritus, specialist in genetics of people. He was speaking against the dilapidation of fossil fuel. He considered that oil producing countries should ration production to leave some for future generations. A rather naive vision, but with the merit of showing concern for the others. “Generations to come” is undoubtedly the corner stone for many environmentalist’s rhetoric. “One must preserve the environment so that our children and our grandchildren can also have the chance to enjoy the earth like we did”, is often part the their discourse. Rarely does a day pass without hearing a denunciation of maltreatment towards our planet. Yet, there is something more important than our dear planet’s health which we want to preserve for our children. it is our children themselves.
Should not we be concerned by the health of our children and grandchildren first and foremost? Then why are most of us so refractory to explore less harmful fuel sources for our children’s body, without sneaky side effects that may end up causing serious health deficiencies. How, will you ask. Nothing is easier: you only have to reduce, or better still, eliminate animal from the table. This gives your children a much better chance for a very long-term health.
Wait, the best is still to come. If everyone would shift towards veganism, the health of the planet would improve instantaneously. One of the most important causes of pollution is related to humans eating animals.
- Methane produced 23 times more greenhouse effect than CO2, Thus, a cow produces as much greenhouse gas per year as a car.
- It is estimated that the meat industry generates the equivalent of 2 billion tonnes of CO2 annually.
- This is not counting deforestation to make way for pastures that eliminate trees that would otherwise be converting CO2 into oxygen.
- One kilogram of beef requires 50X more agricultural land to produce than one kilogram of vegetables.
- 1 hectare gives: 1660 kg of vegetables or 31 kg of beef. Even if these figures do not take transportation in account for, they also do not consider the CO2 absorption of the plant during its period of growth.
- One hectare produced: 6.8 kg of animal protein or 116.2 kg of vegetal protein.
These data are certainly not to be used to blame farmers. They devote their lives venerably to meet the demand of those who eat animals. It is our eating habits that dictates the degree of pollution that our planet must endure.
I am not the only scientist to think like this. Another one, a bit more famous than me, once said: “Nothing can be more beneficial to human health or increase the chances of survival of life on Earth, than an evolution towards a vegetarian regime.”Albert Einstein”.
On August 27th, why not take advantage of the World Day for the End of Speciesism to explain to your children what is speciesism. Consider becoming vegan at least one day a week, it will be a step in the right direction, all benefits combined.