Posted by Kathy Hopkin at 10/10/2012 14:32:07
Q. So what is a part-time carnivore (PTC)?
A. A person who sometimes eats meals with no meat!
Aston has signed up to the PTC campaign, which encourages people to reduce the amount of meat that they eat. But why?
It is well known that reducing meat consumption is one of the most effective personal changes we can make to reduce both our carbon footprints and our demand on the Earth's resources. However, most of us are meat lovers and it is particularly easy for students to get into the habit of eating a lot of cheap meat, which is neither good for ourselves nor the rest of the world.
The livestock industry is responsible for 18% of man made greenhouse gas emissions. A large part of that is due to the clearing of forests to grow animal feed. Even if you stick to British meat, animals here are often raised on soy grown on land that used to be rainforest. It also takes at least 10kg of grain to intensively produce 1kg of beef, making it a very wasteful way to produce food. Rather unfair given that 1 billion humans go hungry every day.
So, Aston University Sustainability Team is challenging the meat loving majority to become part-time carnivores. Just sign up and pledge a number of days per week that you will go without meat!
Go to the Aston PTC page to find out more and sign up to your favourite option. We will be keeping track of how much CO2 and land we all save. The more of us that sign up, the more difference we will make!
And don't forget, Cafe Tierra holds a Meat Free Friday on the last Friday of each month. Pop along to check out their great range of delicious veggie meals!