Published on 22nd April 2016
I am a vegetarian, my father is not. I put to him the idea of having meat free Mondays and we started a debate which I felt I lost because I had not prepared for it. He is also much more knowledgeable and I felt angry with myself for not being able to hold my own.
Anyway I am now trying to prepare an email debate with him, giving me more time to research and learn along the way.
Two things that he said that I would like debate with him were:
1)”Me not eating meat on a Mondays doesn’t change a thing” (he says the same for voting, living in a conservative stronghold, he doesn’t bother to vote because he says it’ll change nothing)
2) “So imagine everyone stops eating meat on Mondays … where will all the food come from to feed everyone, what will everyone eat? What will happen to all the animals?”
I have started my debate by trying to find good quotes etc… (see below) but wanted to ask you more specifically about his second question. I said that everyone might try a tofu burger or some lentil pie. His argument was that “the problem was population, there are too many people now to feed, how would you feed all the people in the world without killing animals.”
I was left without a comeback. I started to say how we could replace the fields of crops we grow for animals with fields of crops for humans but he just attacked again, saying what would happen to the animals? I was lost. Can you help with any websites, references, information etc.. I couldn’t find anything on your website that answers this.
Some of the things I’ve found to help persuade him!
“A small shift in your consciousness can create a ripple effect into all eternity”
Gandhi said, “In a gentle way you can shake the world.”
“Know that all significant change throughout history has occurred not because of nations, armies, governments and certainly not committees. They happened as a result of the courage and commitment of individuals. People like Joan of Ark, Albert Einstein, Clara Barton, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Edison and Rosa Parks. They might not have done it alone, but they were, without question, the change makers.”
“If you think you’re too small to make a difference, try spending a night in a closed tent with a mosquito.”