A farmer leads his sheep and goats to market in Menz, Ethiopia (photo credit: ILRI/Zerihun Sewunet).
The contribution of animal-source foods
to global warming cannot be ignored.
But encouraging everyone
to become vegetarian or even vegan
isn’t the silver bullet solution envisioned by some.
Written by Polly Ericksen, program leader at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). This opinion piece was first published on EurActiv.com on 4 Nov 2016.
If we want to fight climate change and contribute to global development, is the solution really as simple as becoming vegetarian or even vegan as is sometimes suggested?
The answer depends greatly on where we live, and the truth is that the global consumption of meat, milk and eggs is much more complex than it may first appear.
For those of us in the developed world the actions we take may need to be quite different from those in the developing world…
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