Frequently Asked Questions
Isn’t there another way?
Not really. The population has grown from under 1 billion across recent human history, to 2.5billion in 1950 and now up to 7.7billion. By 2050 it will be 11billion. At that point, our entire “budget” of CO2 will be consumed by agriculture alone.
Unless there is some horrible plague that wipes out half the population, we have no choice but to reduce our meat consumption.
Can’t technology save us?
Of course it can - when our security is placed in the hands of an artificial intelligence and it elects to wipe out the human population to save us from ourselves, the problem will be solved!
How much meat can/should I eat?
As little as you feel you can.
Aren’t energy production and transport more important for climate change?
Depending how you calculate it, they may be the bigger producers of green house gases, but only just. Fortunately, the technology to transform the emissions of these two big contributors has long existed. Renewable energy production is now even considered the cheapest in many locations and car manufacturers are moving toward electric.
What can I eat if I don’t want to eat meat?
Chips. Pasta. Rice. Pizza. Roast Veg. Salad. Garlic Bread. Chocolate. Crisps. Omelette. Quiche. Ice Cream. Eggplant Parmigiana. Noodles. Soup. Noddle soup. Croissants. Veggie sausages. Veg curry. Naan bread. Poppadoms. Mushroom burger. Mash potatoes. Falafel. Cheese sandwich. Biscuits. Burrito. Risotto. Veg stir fry. Cous cous. Jacket potato. Beans on toast. And many many more. Use your imagination and make something up!
How can I encourage my family to eat less meat?
First, remind them that they eat a lot of meat free food already. Margherita Pizza anyone? Pasta? Chips? Then remind them that it doesn’t have to be “healthy”. There’s no need to eat like a rabbit - go get some ice cream, deep fry that mars bar, tuck into that bag of crisps! Next is to suggest simple switching out, like swapping the ham covered pizza for a mushroom one, or making a parmigiana the real way - from eggplant, not chicken.
These are ways to make a quick change, but quick often doesn’t work. A long slow process is easier to follow, like cutting back 1 evening meat meal per week, until you are down to your target.
But beofre you do that, you may need to discuss the enviroment, climate change or eating meat with them. Watch this video to see the way to talk to people at the dinner table in a way that is healthy and understanding.
But i really like Burgers...
We know, we know. They are delicious. We feel for you. We really do. But you know what? The future of the natural world is a little more important than that blink of a moment in your life when you get to taste the juicy fried muscle of a cow sandwiched between two slices of bread, don't you think?! It's not like there aren't many other delicious things you can shove into your mouth anyway. Try something else instead!
Why don't governments do something about this? Like a meat tax?
There are many factors at play such as an ingrained focus on putting the economy first, politicians friends in the meat industry and the fact that government paid for diners are often made up of expensive juicy steaks, but the biggest reason is probably that they believe it to be political suicide to even suggest that you as an individual should feel like you are being told what to put in your mouth. To be honest, it's understandable. We people want to just get on with our stressful lives and do what we please, food often being used as a comfort in life. And we could continue to do that, if we humans hadn't swarmed the planet like a plague of highly organised lions with very selective tastes and an amazing accountant.
What about Palm Oil, isn't that a big issue?
Yes, it is, particularly in South East Asia, particularly in Indonesia(Where Orangutans, Tigers and Rhino's are displaced) and Malaysia. This is something that you and we as a society need to address through sustainable usage and pressuring governments to stop the wave of destruction in pursuit of profit.
I run a businees/events/an organisation - what can I do?
This could be very controversial in your company, so tread lightly. But, it's not unreasonable to suggest that anyone who has a normal meat inclusive diet cannot also eat, and enjoy, vegetarian options. So perhaps just switch things out - mushroom pizza instead of pepperoni, tomato soup instead of chicken soup and chicken instead of beef. Your colleagues probably won't even notice.
Why is this a hidden issue?
This is hidden because most people simply just don't know about it. It's a relatively new problem, brought on by population increases, and it hasn't yet entered the mainstream of topical discussion. This is in part due to the silence of governments across the world who do not want to tell you about it because they understandably fear that "telling people what to eat" would be suicidal to their prospects of re-election. NGO's feel their fundraising or reputations could be damaged and therefore also avoid the subject.
Why don't you ask people to be vegan or vegetarian?
Partly because it is too big a leap for people to make and partly because it is not entriely neccesary for the earth to be alleviated of it's environmental problems.
Can I donate to Eating The Earth?
No, we don't currently want or need donations. The best thing you can do is talk and try to nudge people toward making change(without being pushy - this doesn't work and your friends won't like you any more). You never know how far one idea can spread.
Why should I when others don't...The meat I eat isn't from the Amazon...One person won't make a difference...
These thoughts are just excuses to justify a persons prefered option, which is usually the option of changing nothing at all. People just love that status quo. So much in fact that they will grasp every straw they can.
Who is Eating The Earth funded by?
Nobody. There is no funding or spending, except a minimal cost of $250 per year for the website hosting. Everything is done voluntarily by ordinary people who earn money through their day jobs. We're just really nice you see.
What about farmer's jobs?
This change will be gradual, not drastic, and they will have time to transition to another source of income. Governments can help, perhaps by reallocating subsidies, to ease people to different crops or industries. People still need to eat and they still have money to spend, so there is always something farmers can do. For example: -
Why does Eating The Earth target individuals, not governments or businesses?
Two reasons: -