The United Nations Urges Veganism (again).

a cattle farm at Estancia Bahia, Mato Grosso in Brazil

A new UN report clarifies the  message that slowing global warming requires a shift towards a plant-based diet for humans. “A global shift towards a vegan diet is vital to save the world from hunger, fuel poverty and the worst impacts of climate change,” explained the UK’s Guardian today, but this will probably, again,  fall on deaf (or greedy, stubborn, infantile) ears. Just read the comments! Something tells me we’re doomed; when faced with hard facts people are still willing to sacrifice the planet for their palate.

The recommendation follows advice last year that a vegetarian diet was better for the planet from Lord Nicholas Stern, former adviser to the Labour government on the economics of climate change. Dr Rajendra Pachauri, chair of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), has also urged people to observe one meat-free day a week to curb carbon emissions.

Written by joshuakatcher

Joshua Katcher is an adjunct professor of fashion at Parsons The New School. His research focuses on sustainability and ethics in fashion production. He started The Discerning Brute in 2008 as a resource for men who want to make intelligent decisions concerning their lifestyles. With a focus on “fashion, food & etiquette for the ethically handsome man”, The Discerning Brute produces expert, essential content and boldly takes a stand. Brave GentleMan, the integrated, eCommerce brother-site of The Discerning Brute was launched in 2011 and features “principled attire” and “smart supplies” handpicked for informed indulgence.
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  • Brent

    I totally agree Paula, I don’t see what the big deal is, its really not that hard, sounds like some people just don’t know how to cook.
    Still its nice to have a U.N backed lifestyle.

  • Wholesome Chow

    Woohoo! Thanks for sharing this article! Eat veggies and smile is my motto :)

  • Paula

    Thank you for putting this up. It is disheartening. Why don’t people “get it”? Honestly, veganism is not hard.

    I can picture some greedy Geko-like corporate jerk bringing a fork up to his mouth, while sitting alone in an air conditioned office atop a skyscraper. He’s eating the last steak on earth, produced with the final drop of earth resources. Human-induced barrenness and despoilation surrounds from the outside. A few pockets of skeletal thin, thirst-parched dying people are left on earth. After Geko is done, he’ll put a bullet through his head. And that’ll be all folks. Sigh.