Arnold Schwarzenegger supports going meat-free
Published on 22nd March 2016
Actor and former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has said that people should go meat-free one or two days a week to protect the climate and environment.
He says that asking people to go completely vegetarian to combat the level of greenhouse gas emissions caused by meat-eating would be too demanding; and that a better solution would be to suggest becoming flexitarian – giving up meat one or two days a week.
Speaking to BBC news, Schwarzenegger said “You can get your protein in many different ways. I have seen many body-builders and lifters that are vegetarians. My friend recommends stop eating meat. I think that’s a good idea, but people won’t buy in. People will stop eating meat one of two days a week – you have to start slowly. It’s a very big challenge, but it doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be done.”
Schwarzenegger tackled several environmental issues when in the Governor’s office of California, taking on oil companies and gas giants to cut their carbon emissions, using renewable and sustainable energy sources.
However, the environmental issues continue. While energy companies and other large manufacturers contribute significantly to greenhouse gas levels, one of the biggest producers of these harmful emissions is livestock. These are causing great concern around the globe.
Exact statistics vary depending on the source, but it’s estimated that producing 1kg of meat protein – i.e. beef; takes between 3kg – 10kg of vegetable protein such as grains. With the emissions produced form the animals themselves, the farming equipment and slaughterhouses amongst other steps of the supply chain – it’s guessed that around 28% of all greenhouse gases are caused by farming. As the demand for meat increases, this figure is also on the rise.
We need to do something about this sooner, rather than later and reduce our meat consumption, or cut it out completely.