Vegetarianism: raising awareness, encourage compassion, change habits
One of our value is compassion. Matthieu Ricard encourages vegetarianism to promote compassionate love and altruism. He has been a vegetarian for decades. He is writing a book at the moment about animal rights. We will send a notice as soon as it is published.
He will cover different issues inducing animal suffering. He will also relate them to environmental or humanitarian problems, showing that we are all interconnected.
For example, meat production leads to global warming. The production represents 18% of the global emissions. Producing 1kg of meat creates 50 times more greenhouse gas than producing 1kg of wheat. Pollution is another aspect, farmed animals in the United States produce 130 times more waste than the human population.
Secondly, meat production has a negative effect on the poorest populations. Shockingly, 1.4 billion of poor people could be fed by the 775 million tons of grain used yearly for raising livestock. Meat production is supposed to double in developing by 2050, with livestock already uses 2/3 of the land surface of the earth, what will the earth look like in 2050? Today, 25 million people could be fed throughout the year if the inhabitants of the USA would avoid eating meat for one day a week.
Finally, is it ethical to eat meat when you know that 120 billion land animals and 1.5 trillion sea animals (= 1.5 million millions) are killed for human consumption each year?
Like Mahatma Gandhi said, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
Watch Matthieu Ricard’s view on vegetarianism