Should Governments Encourage People to Eat Less Meat ?

by Duluth1234 on September 12, 2016 - 9:42pm

           Adam summarizes the real problem of eating meat, which is the consumption of all the world resources. Producing meat consumes 70% of the water used by humans and uses 30% of the land on earth (The Guardian). Humans are over consuming meat, and it became a problem due to the maximal capacity that earth can afford. This means that the humans are cutting more trees than they grow, producing more greenhouse emissions than nature can absorb it. The problem is real, and it is the duty of humans to solve it. The author expresses that as humans, we should take responsibility of our acts, but it is not the problem of government.


            There are two sides to the issue presented, but the “yes” side of it will be explaining first. Governments should present some rules in their countries to limit the over consumption of meat because it brings huge environmental problems. Some persons are suggesting to imposing more taxes on meat than on regular tax items, which will decrease the demand of this product due to its costs (The Guardian). Others say that we could add a course about consumption of meat and the environment to educate the young, because for what human species know, they are the future. In some countries, the kids are more informed about the environmental impacts that we have, and they are taking bigger acts to help earth. For the younger, environmental is one of their fundamental value, and therefore, it is part of our moral standard as a western civilization. It is important to keep that in mind because one person act can changes many others, and this is why the government should help this situation. Another point is that the average meat that humans eat is way too big, which implies that it is dangerous for the health. This is an important aspect, and it would probably encourage more people to decrease their consumption of meat. The reason for this is that health is a really important value of us, and therefore, we tend to make decisions that take care of us (The Guardian). There, we can observe the phenomenon of moral egoism, where the person decides to stop eating meat once there is something of him, which is, in this case, his health.


            The other side of the issue is that governments should not encourage the population to eat less meat. The main idea here is that the population should take their own decisions based on what they know about consumption of meat (The Washington Post). They have to be motivated to help the earth, and not be imposed to do so. As human, we do not tend to like rules, and when something is imposed on us, we get frustrated. If governments encourage the population to eat less meat, it would be like imposing something on personal desires. This case is different than normal laws because it restricts a fundamental need, which is eating. It is not morally acceptable to give restrictions about what humans can eat or not. However, there are some things that are not ethically correct to eat, such as humans. Also, others say that if the government takes a position on this issue, it will encourage people to stop, but the problem with that is that it will decrease the Gross Domestic Product because the economy might fall due to all the meat that is sold during a current year (The Washington Post).


            In my point of view, western countries really like meat. In the past years, meat was a symbol of money, and it stayed in the culture of these countries. It makes it harder for these persons to stop eating meat, or at least reduce their consumption. Also, the problem is not enough shared/expanded, and it is hard to know that this is a real problem. Last semester, my boyfriend had a humanities course called “Green Living”. For one of his project, he had to listen to a documentary, and we watch “Cowspiracy”. This is where I realized that I had to take actions. However, before I was not even aware of this problem. For these reasons, I think that governments should be taking big responsibilities with this, and explain to everyone the cause of overconsumption of meat. Plus, I think that the human value too much money, and it is not because eating less meat would slow the economy that we should not do it. Once the world is really dying, money will have no more significations.





Excellent work! I never thought of the issues about consuming meat before reading this article. It is very interesting to look at the arguments that you have to support the law on limiting the meat consumption. I totally agree with the fact that western countries abuse the consumption of meat. The rib festival during this summer is a great example to support that. Why would we make that kind of festival in which we killed more animals to just satisfy our taste buds? The government should impose a law to limit the consumption of animals so that there will not be a waste of food, and that fewer animals will die for one's selfishness.

Congratulation for your excellent work and your excellent grammar. I really enjoyed the fact that you argued about the environmental effects of the meat industry instead of the animal rights activists point of view. In fact, it's just recently that I've been really aware of the impact of the meat production on our planet. However, this is a not a new subject, I see video's posted on facebook about the way we treat the animal in the meat industry. I think it's really important that we don't stay ignorant and aware ourselves of all the effects brought upon by the meat industry because we take our earth for granted. Therefore, we live without wondering about the problem we are causing to the earth, and to the fact that if our planet dies because overexploitment, its ressources and the human race will perish too. I am not a vegetarian, but I try as hard as possible to incorporate less meat into my meals even if its really hard to change my consumptions. Although many substitutes have been create to reproduce the taste of meat, the problem remains in the price. For sure that would be the thing to do to ensure the protection of our environment but those alternative foods created are very costly and in this capitalistic society we live in money is something every individual takes pride in spending but also saving. This said i can understand why Western countries have difficulty if myself I find it hard. Just like you, I think we should think about the future consequences, instead of thinking about the growth of our economy at the moment. Are we so obsessed by taste, that we neglect the process behind the scene?

The topic of your summary is very interesting. I agree with you that the overconsumption of meet is a huge problem in the Western societies. Not only it is very bad for the environment, it is also terrible for the animals as they are treated very badly, and it is not good for our health as well. I think that the government should educate people on the impact of the overconsumption of meet. Most people do not know, or do not want to realize, how big this problem is. I think that, at one point, we are so used to see pieces of meet in the grocery stores that we forget where it comes from. If people were aware of the impacts of the overconsumption of meet, they would take action. Do we really need to wait until our health is threatened to decide to change our consumption habits?

I love your topic! I find interesting that you write about this issue since not enough people are aware of the impacts of meat consumption. I believe that the government should explain to people the effects of overconsumption of meat. For many reasons, I personally reduced my consumption of meat. The protection of the environment, the protection of animals, and health are all part of my motives. Too many people think that we were "born to eat meat" when it is wrong. Is there an effective way for the government to get people to eat less meat?