Sir David Attenborough, environmentalist, host of the influential Blue Planet series, and brother of the dude that invented dinosaurs in Jurassic Park, has some pretty sharp ideas about how unsustainable our meat-heavy diets are.
‘We are omnivores so biologically, if you could have a biological morality, you can say “Yes, we evolved to eat pretty well everything. But now we’ve got to a stage in our own social evolution in which that is no longer practical. I think actually that as you get older, you eat less meat, I certainly do. And it’s not for ideological reasons, I just don’t eat as much meat as I did.
‘And I’m bolstered in making that move by the knowledge that actually that is helpful.’
Americans - myself included - eat a staggering amount of meat. According to Forbes.com, the average American ate 222.2 pounds of meat in 2018, which was up from the previous record of 221.9 pounds set in 2004. Animal agriculture industries is one of the larges producers of greenhouse gasses. Plus, as Sir Attenborough said, the way we treat livestock is “depressing.”
In the meantime, check out the video below on livestock and the environment