Bloody ignorance or the angry vegetarian
Lately, I realize that the degree of tolerance I had for some things is getting lower. I might have said a year ago that everybody can travel the way they want because it fit with their needs or interest and I was not going to judge that BUT, when you see how destructive is for the environment the construction of a luxurious sky resort in Azerbaijan because some people need a certain level of comfort when they travel or, how a nice place in Lao like Vang Vieng is getting polluted by some loud shitty music resonating in the mountains on few kilometers because some people decided that it was THE place to be completely wasted… I have to change my mind. Yes, the way some people are travelling is bad for the environment and it’s enough to make me change my mind and stop saying that I don’t care.
I’m in the same process of thinking now for the meat and, hey, I feel that I have to share this on my blog 😉
As a vegetarian, I usually don’t mind to see people eating meat in front of me. That’s their choice, their environmental footprint (I’m actually concerned by that), their health and they have enough information to know what they are doing without having me having to explain anything. They don’t feel bad about eating meat, good for them, bad the the Earth. That’s what I thought.
At first I was thinking that people were asking me why I was vegetarian to know if I had some other reasons to be vegetarian than the obvious one, the environmental footprint of meat production. So I was skipping this part to talk more about my ethical reasons. Then I realized that most of the meat eater asking me why I’m vegetarian had no idea about the impact of industrial meat production in term of energy and water consumption or green housing gaz. They had also no idea about all the shits like antibiotic and hormones for cattle or PCB for fish they are actually eating.
So before I thought that meat eaters were eating meat because they love the taste and it’s was stronger than any environmental or health concern but now, it seems to me they just don’t feel concern at all because of their ignorance on that subject which is surprising if you consider the numerous articles in various magazine or news paper about meat production or over-fishing and its ecological impact. Maybe they just don’t want to feel bad so they were skipping it.
As I would like them to be a bit aware of what kind of system and its ecological impact they are supporting when they buy meat in a supermarket, next time that someone is asking me why I’m vegetarian, he’ll get the full speech 😉
Today, If you ask a vegetarian about his motivation, he will probably tell you couple of facts based on his concern for the Planet and the effort he is doing to find a less destructive way to get protein. On the other hand, if you ask a meat eater about his motivation, he will just talk about the taste and his need for meat (good for the blood or build muscles and other excuses not defendable if you just tell them that there are people doing some Ironman race while being vegetarian or billions of Indian living without eating meat etc…). No one is really shocked yet by such a selfish behavior but I hope that one day, when we will be 9 billions people (in 2045 according to the UN) on Earth struggling and fighting for natural resources, being vegetarian will be so common that eating meat will be kind of an antisocial behavior and everybody will ask the meat eater “Why are you eating meat ?”… I wish for him that he will come out with a better answer than “- Because it taste good” . but I doubt it….