- Jun 5, 2010
Here are some incentives from John Robbins' Diet For A New America. Although the numbers are a little dated (published over 10 years ago), they are still facts.I hate to say it, but I agree with Skathac, people are not going to quit meat voluntarily. A few will, but even if we get 10% of the population to do it, which we wont, that still wont be enough. There has to be incentives to be more sustainable.
Key word being certain nutrients. When you're eating to survive, it's all about the energy.Where are your stats detailing the amount of land that would be required to sustain the population in a state optimum health while on a vegetarian diet? Don't you know that plant-based sources of certain nutrients are not as efficiently absorbed by the body and you need to consume at a minimum three times the quantity of plant material to get the same amount of these required nutrients as from one serving of meat?
While I do enjoy a nice thick steak, it just isn't feasible cost wise to eat it regularly. Tend to eat a lot of chicken and pork, any leftovers get rolled over into other dishes throughout the week. My mouth watered thinking about that 16 oz steak Satya mentioned though.
People aren't going to change what they buy based on any amount of news stories, scientific analysis, or simple word of mouth. The only way to reduce the amount of meat people consume is to remove it from the market and provide other alternatives. If its available and people have the money, they will buy it.