Top Climate Authority Condemns Meat

It’s looking like the meat industry’s day of reckoning will soon arrive, thanks to growing concern over climate change. One of the world’s top climate experts, Lord Stern of Brentford, is shining the spotlight on the meat industry’s contribution to greenhouse gases:

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.

Strong words, but at least he’s not likening meat eating to drunken driving. Oh wait, he is:

He predicted that people’s attitudes would evolve until meat eating became unacceptable. “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.”

Stern believes that meat prices could increase greatly after December if nations take concerted action in Copenhagen to reduce greenhouse gases. (Via Maxwell.) Link.