‘But Lou, I thought you were a vegetarian?’ – a question I heard so often when I ordered a meat dish while being out with friends. Apparently, people thought to be a vegetarian was something for me. When I asked why they thought that, I got answers like ‘yeah, you’re such a type’ or ‘yeah, you travel so often and always think of others, that’s why’. Pretty vague if you ask me, just as vague as the assumption I was a vegetarian before I actually was one. Yes, you read that right, in the meantime, I have become a vegetarian and in this post, I am going to explain to you why I became one.
I love meat, it’s delicious. Still, people thought I didn’t eat it. During a hitchhike competition to Bremen, Germany, I got that question/remark five times in two days, and that wasn’t the first time nor the last time. I thought it was funny people had that thought about me. Was it something positive? Was it because they thought I am a traveling hippy? Maybe both in some cases. Anyway, it made me think about it. The ‘it’s sad for the animals’ – argument didn’t convince me to say goodbye to meat (which doesn’t mean it isn’t the case).
The truth behind a hamburger
About a month ago I watched the documentary Cowspiracy. This documentary conducts research to the impact of the meat industry on the environment and how environmental organizations deal with it. It shows that the meat industry is the largest environmental pollutant and that environmental organizations pay almost no attention to it because there are too many interests involved.
Animal agriculture and the meat industry are the number one cause of deforestation (91% of the Amazone), of water consumption and pollution (for one pound of beef, 2500 liters of water are needed!), the biggest producer of greenhouse gases (more than 18% opposite 13% of all transport option combined) and the cause of the so-called dead zone in the ocean (fishless oceans thanks to overfishing). Almost everything that goes wrong with the environment is leading back to the meat industry and animal agriculture. An overview of facts and sources is to be found on the Cowspiracy website.
On the night I watched this documentary I decided to change my eating habits; I became a vegetarian. Why? Because this documentary gave me more reasons than the ‘it’s sad for the animals’ – argument. Because I found it quite shocking how polluting the meat industry and animal agriculture is. Maybe that’s naive, but I didn’t know it. This documentary gave me the convincing reasons to do my share in a better, cleaner en more responsible world.
A good solution for these pollutions is to eat less or no meat. Even better is to say no to all animal products. That second option is – for now- one step too far, but after more than a month of being a vegetarian, I can say it works out very well. I don’t miss meat since there are so many meat substitutes and delicious vegetarian recipes and I am 100% behind the reasons why I won’t eat meat anymore. Maybe people think I’m a failed hippy, but I am one with beliefs. Are you with me?
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The documentary Cowspiracy is available on Netflix – Check out Cowspiracy’s website for more information