Our diet is certainly a hot topic of discussion. I would like to make it clear that I do care about our environment, and I agree that agricultural emissions are great contributors to our current climatesituation. With that being said, there is much more to be said, for our diet and/or culture is something that cannot be easily changed.
As someone who was a vegetarian then vegan for three years, I know what should be done. I tried for as long as I could to make a little change to my life and show others that it is doable and easy. I agreed and I still do agree that our consumption of so much meat leads to animal cruelty and repercussions to the environment. Our planet cannot withstand a greater increase in the amount of CO2 emissions, runoff, etc. We also cannot keep treating the animals the way that we do. The mass production method is inhumane, but the sad reality is we have to feed people, which we are not excelling at.
We cannot just simply eliminate the meat production industry from the food supply. Meat, poultry, and fish contribute greatly our needed source of protein. We would have to compensate for the loss of protein and calories with more grains, vegetables, fruit, nuts, etc. Those alternatives are also environmentally costly. They require land, water, and nutrients to grow. It may not be as easy nor as great as we hope, and honestly, those replacements are not the same, and they are sometimes the more expensive option. I personally feel fuller, less lethargic, and I even hold my weight better, now that I have reintroduced meat back into my diet. For me, being meatless is not the best option.
There are also tons of people who rely on agricultural practices for their living. They may be third, fourth, or even fifth generation farmers. They send their kids to college with the money that the earn. It is not as simple as it seems to completely let all of this go and abandon meat products. What we need to do is more aware of where we buy these types of products from. We should be supporting our local farmers that have ethical, responsible practices. It may be more expensive, but it is the way that benefits more people than not. People are not going to get on board with seemingly radicle changes. It does not have to be an all-or-nothing situation.