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Authors launch Meatless Mondays Campaign: reports

Data shows the biggest producer of harmful carbons in the world is cattle breeding

Authors launch Meatless Mondays Campaign: reports

Two authors want people to stop eating meat every Monday beginning from Sept. 21 in order to cut carbon emissions, reports said yesterday.
Writers Su Hsiao-huan and Hsu Jen-hsiu were contacting environmental groups to join in the campaign and restaurants to issue vegetarian-friendly menus, the Chinese-language Liberty Times daily reported.
Data from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization showed the biggest producer of harmful carbons in the world was not the petrochemical industry or not even cars, but cattle breeding, responsible for 18 percent of emissions, Su said.
The activists aim to have restaurants offer menus that contain at least one third vegetarian meals. Airlines could also make Mondays meatless, while supermarkets and convenience stores could reserve special sections for vegetarian products, the newspaper reported.
Su also wanted to organize an international meatless conference where speakers from across the world could exchange experiences, the paper said. The meatless Mondays campaign echoes similar actions from overseas. Former Beatles singer Paul McCartney has been an enthusiastic advocate of meatless Mondays, while the Belgian city of Ghent proposed meatless Thursdays. The United States and Sweden also witnessed similar initiatives, the Liberty Times said.
The rising consumption of meat led to the destruction of more forests to make way for fields for cattle to graze in, and the process of preparing meats and frozen foods contributed to the release of noxious gases in the atmosphere, the campaigners said.
If Taiwan could set an example and find followers throughout the region, the country could make a worthwhile contribution to the fight against global warming and climate change, Su said.
The author told the newspaper he was setting a target period of two years for the Meatless Monday campaign to take root. After the first year, the government should officially declare Mondays meat-free, while during the second year, Taiwan could contact action groups overseas to promote the issue globally.


Updated : 2021-05-12 04:29 GMT+08:00