The article pulls already environmentally conscious people by juxtaposing vegetarian and Prius. It is plausible that many people think that their cars are the greatest contributor to global warming but what the article reveals is one of the largest culprits is sitting on our dinner table. The U.N is quoted as stating that our love of all things meat contributes to a fifth of global warming. The statistics show that America slaughters more than 10 billion land animals every year. Statics gathered from the world coupled with just the American animal consumptions rates are staggering. Raising and then killing such a large amount of animals comes with many disadvantages to our planet. The large supply and demand cycle omits the amount of money that companies gain which makes this article very one sided. Consequently, the simple solution of just going vegetarian is amusing. The author failed to mention that in American culture we have half a dozen days dedicated to gorging on meat or meat products that are interwoven in American tradition and culture while fuel the demand. The information is better served as very useful knowledge to base our carbon footprint off of because it takes more to turn a 50 year tradition around to benefit the planet. The author successfully illuminates the startling damage that results from consuming meat that can be shared over a vegetarian meal.
Posted on September 12, 2011 by Grz20