George Monbiot on the Pleasures of the Flesh
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There appear to be two kinds of people in this world: those who think the Jim Kunstlers and George Monbiots are over-the-top nutbars and "moonbats", and those, like me, who think they are brilliant and dead-on. In his weekly entry, Kunstler defends Obama's "bitter" comments, and Monbiot makes an interesting point about the food crisis.
Monbiot points out that the world produced 2.1 billion tonnes of grain last year, the biggest harvest in history. "If hunger can strike now, what will happen if harvests decline?" The problem is that only 1.1 billion tonnes of it goes to feed people. While diverting 100 million tonnes to feed cars is a "crime against humanity", the real problem is that "760m tonnes will be snatched from the mouths of humans to feed animals. This could cover the global food deficit 14 times. If you care about hunger, eat less meat."
He is no vegetarian, he just says we have to eat less of it, and notes that pigs and chickens are a lot more efficient at converting grain to meat than cows are. He suggests that "The only reasonable answer to the question of how much meat we should eat is as little as possible. Let’s reserve it - as most societies have done until recently - for special occasions." ::Monbiot