Meat-Free Mondays

Have you heard about this? See Paul McCartney’s video message, here, which explains why it’s a good idea for everyone to reduce their unhealthy dependence upon meat and commit to a weekly meat-free day. (If you’ve got the time and desire to find out more, you can do worse than read Compassion in World Farming Trust’s 2004 report, ‘The Global Benefits of Eating Less Meat’).

Meat production has undeniably become a serious environmental hazard. A huge strain on the Earth’s resources, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation, the world’s livestock population is responsible for some 18% of greenhouse gas emissions. The transport industry is responsible for 13%.

Livestock production uses 8% of the world’s (increasingly scarce) fresh water supplies. Indeed, you use more water producing meat than you do grain.

Animal waste pollutes. In North Carolina, USA, for example, there are roughly as many pigs as there are people… and the pigs produce four times as much waste.

With increased prosperity, we are consuming more meat. The World Cancer Research Fund recommends that we eat no more than 500g of red meat each week – roughly the equivalent of three 6oz steaks.

In the West, where meat consumption is at its highest, one billion people are overweight. Developing nations have adopted a similarly unhealthy, meat-based diet. Even though the West eats three times as much meat as the rest of the world, meat consumption in ‘poorer’ countries has doubled in just over a decade.

The demand for meat is a major cause of deforestation. Estimates suggest that 70% of the Amazonian rainforest has been flattened to make way for livestock.

Worldwide, about 200 million hectares of forest has been lost since the ’60s, much of it cleared to rear cattle for the hamburger trade – vulgarly referred to as “hamburgerisation” – or to grow subsidised crops for, you guessed it, animal feed.

Consequently, one way or another, livestock now claims more than 30% of our planet’s land surface.

Lastly, and perhaps the fundamental reason for vegetarianism: factory farming is irrefutably inhumane. Millions of living creatures, bred only to be slaughtered after often brief, miserable lives of deprivation and suffering in intensive farms, do not exercise, enjoy fresh air, graze casually or interact with other animals. Selective breeding to ensure unnatural growth has created myriad health problems and deformities, which further add to the animals’ unnecessary suffering.

So, with all this in mind, if you don’t already, will you forgo meat on a Monday from now on? As Paul says, “it not only addresses pollution, but better health, the ethical treatment of animals, global hunger and community and political activism.”

Today just so happens to be Paul’s birthday, so a very Happy Birthday to him.

Author: FEd

Features Editor of David Gilmour's official blog, The Blog ('Features' previously being its rather naff title), affectionately - or lazily - shortened to 'FEd'.

60 thoughts on “Meat-Free Mondays”

  1. Great information, thanks for sharing!

    I haven’t been a vegetarian for as long as I’ve been a Dave fan, but regardless, it’s a great choice for your health and the environment. At the very least, scale back and partake in Meatless Mondays!

    Quincy

  2. Now here is something I do not agree with. I am a meat eater and always be. Give me a big slab of cow any day. God gave us our canine incisors for a reason and that is to eat meat.

    As a matter of fact, a friend of mine who has been a vegan for many years had really bad teeth through not eating meat.

    I’m sorry but meat eaters should not be given the same bad name as smokers. Don’t get me wrong, I do not smoke by the way but I think you know what I mean.

    And I personally cannot stand Paul McCartney either.

    1. As a matter of fact, a friend of mine who has been a vegan for many years had really bad teeth through not eating meat.

      He/she shouldn’t have replaced meat with candies then. 😉

      Taki

    2. He/she shouldn’t have replaced meat with candies then.

      :))

      My friend’s teeth were all twisted up and his orthodontist said it was because he did not eat meat (whether this is actually true or not, I don’t know). Edward, my friend, that is, said he stopped eating meat at the age of 12. He did not like the taste. So maybe this contributed to his deformed adult teeth.

    3. This is why I hunt and fish – real “free range” meat. I’ll take a venison steak over beef or pork any day, but that’s my choice. 😮

      I am a meat eater and proud to be. However, I have no issues with vegetarians – my sister is one and her boyfriend a vegan. I only have issues with PETA and vegetarians that don’t agree with my beliefs and try to shove them down my throat.

      That said, I usually don’t eat meat on Fridays – all year long for the most part… so I think I’ll just stick with Fridays.

      Of course, now I’m hungry for a venison fillet… maybe I’ll have some fresh trout instead… 8)

      Have a great weekend FEd and also to David. Happy Birthday Sir Paul.

    4. Well, the real shit with the vegan style is that a lot of people do that without switching their sources of protein and calcium (meat and milk) for others with enough levels.

      Matter of fact, a friend of mine who’s a great meat eater had a lot of intestinal and digestive problems, because meat is not the best thing to eat.

      And avoid that quote of “God give us canine incisors to eat meat”, please… I catalog it as one of the quotes we say when we don’t have anything better in our side.

      If you really think like this, remember that we have an appendix too.

  3. Sorry, I did not mean to jump off the deep end and sound like I was being selfish. I have been working 28 days non stop so far. Roll on next week for my weeks camping in Wales.

    I am a supporter of free range farming though and not mass production or battery farming. And I suppose it would not hurt to give up meat for just once a week. However, meat is expensive over here in Blighty so that big slab of cow I was on about is a luxury item.

    1. Take it easy, Julie. I hope you enjoy your holiday. Well-deserved, I’m sure.

      I do know what you mean, by the way. I’m also a meat-eater and probably always will be, but I don’t think one day a week without meat is much of a sacrifice; it makes an awful lot of sense to my mind – on many levels.

      I caught an interesting TED talk a while back, which may be of interest here. It was about the switch from eating locally-grown, home-cooked meals to relying on frozen and tinned ‘convenience’ foods, as well as, of course, fast food. The gist of it was that we’re raising livestock industrially and eating it thoughtlessly, with both over-production and over-consumption having a massively negative impact globally.

      I’ll always take the point about how it often feels we’re living in a nanny state, being told what we should and shouldn’t do until in the end we don’t know what’s good for us (if we care), but the evidence supporting a meat-free day each week is over-whelming.

      Anyway, you know I always enjoy the debate, so jump off that deep end any time. 🙂

    2. As for my dislike of Paul McCartney, well, I think it is down to his huge ego that I have witnessed on two occasions.

      Sorry for my rant. I am getting knackered. However, I thoroughly love my job helping the elderly.

    3. Have a lovely time in Wales, Julie. 🙂

      P.S. Can I join your anti-Macca Club? 😛

  4. Of course it’s a good idea. It’s undeniable that we should eat more vegetables and fruits, but often they’re not so healthy too… I’m lucky to eat only fresh ones from the small town where I live here in Italy.

    Happy birthday Paul!

    How are you FEd? How is David?

    Have a nice weekend!

  5. That’s a fine topic for a veggie like I am: Meat free Monday should not be a problem. 😛

    Actually no one in our family eats meat, the children never in their lives, my wife and me that last 20 years. We did not like the taste and how meat is produced.

    Of course, everyone may enjoy eating meat, but then at least seek for quality (local butcher, local animals) so that the disadvantages are as less as possible.

    Regards
    Taki

  6. Apart from the odd bit of Chicken I’m not a huge meat eater… Lamb and Duck are a definite no no, much to the amusement of friends… I just couldn’t eat a wee lamb… so what’s the difference with a chicken? I really don’t know!

    Love the Drummer in Paul’s band at the minute. Abe something.

    Cheers
    Paul

  7. 😉 I think having a balance in your life is everything, not just with food but with everything.

    The video from Paul I could not get to work but I think I can possibly understand the impact of what he is saying.

    We have more than Mondays that are non red meat days. We eat a lot of chicken and have a vegetable plate once a week.

    I started cooking with extra virgin olive oil a few years ago when we also cut down how many eggs we eat to almost nothing except in recipes. We drink skim milk and only have 1 glass a day and eat margarine and never butter. I see the impact of growing cattle to feed the earth is a challenge but so is clean water. So many people need clean water and don’t have that necessity we take for granted. I give a lot to the ONE organization which I have sent some information about below.

    I just watched a video from charity: water, in which Jennifer Connelly shows us the terrible plight of the hundreds of millions of people who live without access to clean water and sanitation.

    Then I took action with ONE and asked my senators to cosponsor the Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act of 2009 (S.624), which will help bring first-time, sustainable access to clean water and sanitation to a hundred million of the world’s poorest people. Check out the video and then make that commitment, too, by adding your voice.

    Patricia 😉

  8. FEd,

    Very good blog today about cutting down red meat to meat-free Mondays, but I think we should go a step further and say only red meat one day a week for the global impact of sustaining cattle for the world.

    As far as clean water for the world, a video more to the point is the following 2-minute video from charitywater.org.

    Thanks for including my input and Happy Birthday, Paul.

    Patricia

  9. Seems like a good idea. Not so sure about it being a Monday though – that’s left-over Sunday roast day.

    I really don’t like the idea of farming on an industrial scale. The sight of all those cows penned up and standing on dust in ‘Home’ was disturbing.

    While I’m quite happy to eat the odd slab of dead animal I like to know that it’s had a decent life, doing what nature intended it to do, before it got the chop. Apart from anything else it usually tastes better.

    That said, if I had to kill my own dinner, I probably would be a vegetarian.

  10. As a meat eater (I like my steaks raw) I ought not to agree with the meat free day. But I do.

    My problem is that I also love fish, and eat fish four times a week.

    It takes patience, and not a little money, but I refuse to eat farmed fish.

    How does this balance with the diminishing fish stocks and the massive destruction of our landscapes to grow meat? Not sure to be honest. But I do know that as a father of 19 and 16 year old daughters, I an severely worried about the world we are leaving behind for our children and their children.

    Therefore, Monday is veggie day for me from now on.

    Having travelled a great deal to India, I can tell you a lot of my vegetarian Indian friends are a heck of a lot healthier than most English people I know and they have perfect teeth!

    As that awful bastion of cheap food keeps on telling us – “every little helps” so try a few well chosen, organic and well cooked vegetables and you’ll find them to be very nice indeed.

    Peter

  11. Hate to say that I too like meat. I have tried, however, to cut way back. Smaller portions and more fish and chicken. Perhaps that isn’t good enough, but I have a husband who thinks red meat is the only way to go. Fortunately, he lets me get away with serving it only several times a month.

    I can’t eat lamb and find the way we raise small calves in cages where they can’t move to produce fine white veal, disgusting. So is shovelling feed down the neck of a goose for pate. If we all saw how the animals were treated before they were killed and packaged for us, we might all be turned off meat. I have done some reading about it, but had to quit as it was too gruesome.

    I like the idea of cutting back on the stuff that just isn’t good for me. I just wish I would quit reaching for all those candy bars. By the way I thought the TED video was very good. Made so much sense for me. Thank you for that.

    Hope you all have a great weekend,
    Jan

  12. I believe that Sir Paul’s wife, Linda, started him on this road. I respect the fact that he has stood for something like this.

    Jan

  13. Haven’t had a hamburger in 30 years. However, my diet only includes chicken, fish, cheese and veggies. I will try wild game if available i.e. venison because they are not subjected to massive chemicals injected into them.

    Free range is always good to choose also.

  14. I am a meat eater but we don’t eat meat everyday at home. And we eat a lot of fish too. I’m not sure it’s better for the environment but I think it’s better for health.

    I would have been very interested in reading the report ‘The Global Benefits of Eating Less Meat’ in its entirety, but it’s far too long (78 pages!) and difficult for me in English.

    I have read at the end of the report that it’s also distributed by the French organisation ‘La Protection Mondiale Des Animaux De Ferme’, so I will try to find it online.

    But I won’t certainly do something just because McCartney asks me to do it. I’m beginning to get sick of those rock stars and their ‘advice’. Who do they think they are?

    Ahah, see here. 😉

    Michèle

  15. I was always a meat lover until a few years ago. I had some health problems and now the idea of eating meat makes me sick. It is really weird because I cook it for the family but can’t eat it myself, so I will put meat free Mondays on my calendar.

    When you grow up eating meat it just becomes a part of your life, but, if you really think about how it all comes to us, the slaughter of the animals and all, it is enough to turn you against it.

    Thanks for the link to Paul McCartney Fed.

    Have a good weekend!

    Barbara P

  16. When I was younger I had a job washing dishes in a vegetarian restaurant, “Where the elite meet to eat no meat.” We try to eat vegetarian meals on a regular basis, just for our own health. And we’re eating more fish these days, for the same reasons.

    The key to a healthy life is moderation, balance and variety. As humans have become overconsumers on numerous fronts, I think it is easy to forget that.

    Happy birthday, Paul McCartney!!

  17. Even if I like all kinds of meat, I usually don’t eat it more than two or three times a week. As a cheese, pasta, vegetables and cakes lover, I can easily find a substitute for meat. :))

    Speaking seriously, I agree with Paul McCartney’s Meat Free Mondays for some reasons.

    Apart from personal choices and tastes which I obviously respect, humans should naturally be omnivores so, as Patricia said above, a balanced diet should be the best choice for them, from a medical point of view.

    Then, there are ethical reasons you have already mentioned.

    Industrial farming is shameful almost at the same level of animal testing, it destroys the environment and it’s also unhealthy for the consumers. As I read in other comments, I also buy local meat to be sure it didn’t come from industrial breeding.

    That said, looking at developed countries, I often think we generally eat too much of everything.

    When I go out, I see people eating everywhere, in every moment and I can’t believe they’re actually hungry. Maybe they’re only bored or maybe they eat as a compensation for something else, I don’t know.

    I only say it’s strange to be so hungry in the middle of the afternoon, when you had the dinner we usually have in Italy. 8|

  18. Hi all,

    It’s a long time I am not writing. I would like to inform everybody that the “Teatro alla Scala” of Milan is setting up a production of the famous Pink Floyd ballet originally directed by Roland Petit in the seventies. The original one was played live by the Pink Floyd while dancers were dancing to their music.

    This version will not see any live music but will anyway offer a 90 minute show of ballet and Pink Floyd music.

    Here is the link to the official “Teatro alla Scala” site.

    Ciao. :))

  19. Hi mates,

    good stuff (as ever) FEd!

    I’ m quite totally vegetarian since 1990 when my love-story with a wonderful puppy, a white American shepherd, started.

    It’s no more possible to eat an animal if you share your life with another animal and can see a pet, his eyes, his dreams (because, you know, a pet sleeps, smiles, dreams and cries)…so I’m not a cannibal.

    There are many and such important reasons to avoid meat and to eat a lot of fruit and vegetables for social causes and medical care – health and blood pressure – but Alex was my reason and Leo (my dog, today) is my philosophy and life… is sweet, a little bit more.

    Have a nice weekend and Happy Birthday Sir Paul.

    diana

  20. I love being vegan. I don’t know how the British diet differs from the more western American diet, but you have the McDonald’s on every corner there too, don’t you? We have that here pretty much along with several other burger and Mexican foods joints on every corner.

    Anyway, that was sorta, kinda off topic… back on topic…

    I dislike the argument that I get that our teeth were made for eating flesh. From my time in school, they weren’t actually made for eating flesh. They were designed to eat grains and foods along those lines.

    Some people just have it ingrained in them that that is the way it is supposed to be. I also don’t like it when people baulk at me for eating the food I eat.

    It is sad, in America, how many people say they care about the environment, they love animals (and then they use that line, “I love to eat animals” – har d har har, flippin’ hilarious, jerk).

    I don’t think using God as an excuse is good either. God said for us to eat meat. (How much flack will I get for that one?)

    I think God made animals for us to look at and pet. To squeeze them and pet them and call them George. 🙂

    Give peas a chance. 😀

  21. Fed, I love veggies as much as meat and this is a great idea. It will do wonders for your waist-line as well to eat a lot of leafy and green veggies. A winner all the way around, I would say.

    One of the main reasons I love this site is the little ‘nuggets of info’ that seem insignificant to the average man but are very interesting to me. The story about “The Astoria” is very much appreciated. I for one, have been obsessed with that boat ever since I learned about it at the time Of Momentary Lapse. Gilmour was asked years back if he thought he was a better guitar player? His response was that he was surely better at capturing moments because of his studio. It makes you wonder what beautiful ‘takes’ were lost before the Astoria but we do know that he captures the best and essence of what he has written/recorded .

    I do actually think that he is a better guitar player based on 2006 RAH show, though. Does anyone disagree? That was SICK playing/singing! Anyway, thanks for that info. Hope it stays afloat!

    I would love to hear DG do a cover of ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps”. He would make the singing and guitar so amazing. Just thought of that the other day.

    Have a great weekend, you all!

    Blake in Nashville

  22. Hi Ho FEd,

    Tricky topic for me… I’m a meatworker. 🙂

    Not only do I do my bit to help kill just over a thousand cattle a day, I do it for a company that got rich growing cows on cleared forest land.

    I love my job and I’m proud to be part of a global community that helps feed the masses.

    Part of my salary is ‘free’ meat. So much of it that we give some a way. We eat so much we easily become sick of it and end up going days or more eating something else, and even then return to beef reluctantly.

    That said, the one thing I’ve always felt is that folks should eat not just their local meat, but their local native meat. If you read through the various replies here, or anywhere when this topic is discussed, all too often it is about beef, pork, lamb, chicken and fish.

    In Australia, the option of Kangaroo and the variety of species, along with the ease of harvesting (Nature does all the growing; no farmers, fencing, vets, etc. needed) is perfect for those who want to eat meat.

    Every continent has its equivalent large herbivores… lets eat ’em! 🙂

    Cheers
    Christopher

  23. Happy Birthday, Paul!!

    I will try it for a few Mondays to see if I can go without meat, but having been raised on a farm it will be difficult to say the least.

  24. This is a very interesting and controversial subject. Thanks, FEd! I think we all enjoy these debates.

    I, for one, have cut down on eating meat quite a bit over the past several years. I can’t stand the way meat (including chicken!) is mass-produced, and as stated before, these animals are not treated humanely.

    (I also could not get the Paul McCartney video to work; and I thought he had changed his stance on Vegan-life when Linda was sick with cancer and they suddenly “realized the need for animal testing for medical necessity”??).

    Vegetables are scary, too, let’s face it. There are so many pesticides in our soil from years of using horrible chemicals, that I wonder what we’re eating in just a salad?

    With my current illness, (cancer), I am supposed to be eating lots of protein; but the thought of meat, especially beef, just grosses me out at times and I can’t do it. I eat lots of cheese; but I also realize and wonder how the dairy cattle are treated.

    Burgers used to be my ultimate-favorite thing; and now, whenever I eat one, I wonder where the meat is from, how it’s produced, and was it cooked thoroughly? (I think McDonald’s gets their “beef” from China… but I don’t eat there unless it’s an ice-cream cone or cup of coffee.)

    Anyway; the older I get, the less meat I want. And I could never eat a cute little lamb… b-a-a-a-a-a b-a-a-a-a-a!

  25. “If you don’t eat your meat, you can’t have any pudding.” 8|

    Fish, vegetables and fruits are healthy. So, don’t eat too much meat anyway.

    Also, the meat industry should be more animal-friendly!

  26. Good topic Fed.

    We’re graziers here in Australia and raise steers for slaughter, mainly for the local trade, but some ends up as export to Europe and the US. For some time I have been contemplating whether or not I should be killing animals and eating them. I know this happens in nature all the time, but it is making me feel more and more uncomfortable all the time.

    I totally agree that we should decrease our production levels of livestock, but I also believe that we need to decrease the number of food miles that presently occur.

    Eat locally produced food – multinational companies are only interested in the bottom line.

    As the cook in our family I will support Paul’s idea and make Mondays meat free.

    Wilko

  27. Well, I don’t call myself vegan or vegetarian: I just don’t eat red meat, since when I was a baby, and I replace chicken and fish, something like 1/3 to half of my meals. This is better to me, and to my health. But, here in Brazil, this is not common: people here really like meat.

    I believe the protein in the meat could be replaced, and, as an omnivorous being, we could eat meat sometimes, but eating meat every day isn’t healthy: every one knows that it’s not the easiest food to digest.

    I’m really sorry that the global impact of the industrial scale of livestock production could not bring to the large scale of the population enough to think one more time about what he’s buying or eating.

    Unfortunately, the best way to bring balance to nature, I believe, is being a side effect of a great awareness that you could be more healthy if you just decrease your luscious defect of meat.

    Good words, FEd.

  28. Here is an article about food consumption in western countries.

    Highest profits come from bad food, so marketing strategies make us eat too much and decide our tastes.

    If they managed to convince us to waste our health and the environment to make them richer and richer, there’s actually nothing they can’t do with us, I think.

    I wonder what we have become.

    That’s what happened yesterday under my eyes.

    I was walking down a street in my city, when I saw a little wild duck in the middle of it. Some people and I got nearer, trying to take it out of the street and warning the cars which were passing to go slower. While we were doing it, someone who was driving too fast knocked it down, didn’t stop and went away offending us, because we were slowing the traffic.

    Fortunately he only hurt it, so we quickly took it to the bird protection association (LIPU).

    Do you think that “person” would have stopped if there had been a child in the place of the duck? 😡

    Sorry for the off topic, FEd.

    1. Oh! Fed, I am so glad to hear that the duck is OK. There are so many stupid people out there that don’t care about animals and it sounds like this person is one of them. I would have flipped out if I was there and would have went after the idiot.

      Thomas

  29. Astoria must be not only a beautiful setting to record in, but one of the most calming and tranquil; gorgeous.

    The subject of vegetarianism is very contentious and perhaps that is why Sir Paul has been reluctant to make such a public plea before. Good on him though to use his influence in such a way.

    All of my family have been non-meat eaters for about 15 years, though we are partial to fish. In fact our nine year old son has never eaten a piece of red meat. Eating habits like religious beliefs tend to follow one’s parents. We don’t eat red neat for ethical purposes, but I am convinced there are health benefits and I have all of my teeth and haven’t had a filling since 1979. Our son is the youngest pupil to have won his school’s sports cup, surely an endorsement that you can be healthy without eating red meat.

    Perhaps, if abattoirs were constructed out of glass and placed in town centres a few more people may question the way livestock (animals that have been raised purely for the benefit of humans) are reared and killed.

    But, yes, I know it’s all a matter of choice.

  30. I agree with the problem but am not sure that a goal of one meatfree day a week is the solution.

    I think the problem is the way we think about food. I don’t know if I can explain in English what I think:

    When my parents were young, meat was too expensive to eat every day. Today, due to industrial farming, supermarkets sell meat and other products of low quality at very low prices. If we only bought high quality, non-processed foods, obesity wouldn’t be a problem either. It’s like, if you bake a cake at home with full cream, real butter, real vanilla, dark chocolate etc., you can only eat a small piece because it’s rich and full. If you buy a supermarket-cake, you can eat one or two whole cakes – it’s air, additives, artificial flavours etc.

    If people would stop hunting for cheap deals, but – like before factory-farming – buy locally produced products, “true” basic food, non-processed things, and change the way we think about food – and what food really is – meat-free days are a natural part of our diet.

    Health-wise, industry and deepfreezers has be a curse. To some extent, we should eat like our grandparants did. (There might be cultural and agricultural differences though, from country to country, probably conditions are different in other countries/parts of the world.)

    Good Sunday to all.

    1. I agree with everything you said, Lene.

      Cheap food is just a way to convince us to buy more than we need. They constantly create false needs to sell us their often useless and unhealthy products.

      Our advantage is just an illusion, because, at the end, we buy too much, we eat low-quality foods and we spend more than we wanted, so they’re happy.

    2. They constantly create false needs to sell us their often useless and unhealthy products.

      Well, it’s our choice to buy or not. Maybe we should act more often like responsible adults, no?

    3. I agree, Michèle.

      It seems lots of people find it more comfortable to do what someone else suggests to them, no matter who he is, instead of thinking with their own heads.

      Now I’m speaking like that was not my problem, but I know I’m also caught by this system.

      I mean, I don’t really know if it’s enough to be aware of this mechanism to be free from it. Sometimes I think there could be only different levels of conditioning for us.

      I don’t know if my English was clear enough. 😕

    4. I don’t know if my English was clear enough.

      Oh, at least it was clear enough to me. 🙂

      And I agree, we can’t avoid all the traps they invent to condition us.

      But we can try, we won’t give up!

  31. I am a meat eater but I do not like the way the corporates and fascist governments treat the animals. Let them graze and run free. Wouldn’t that help in the long run?

    I can’t stand industrial farms and corporate farms. I am for small farms and family farms.

    So, in the end, I eat meat but I would like to know if that animal had a decent life and was not oppressed.

    Peace love and liberty,
    Eddie

  32. And also I play guitar. I am only 17 and I graduated high school this Thursday June 24.

    At Saratoga Performing Arts Center in New York – oh boy, give me good luck – pretty good bands are coming:

    Jackson Browne
    CSN (Crosby, Stills, Nash)
    The boss, Bruce Springsteen
    The Moody Blues
    The Allman Bros and the Doobie Bros
    Journey and Heart

    Man, I am not going to Syria or Turkey.

    I better go and to get back on topic. You all should watch Fast Food Nation.

    Thanks.

  33. Hello FEd and Happy Days. Hope everyone is well.

    I personally doubt I could live up to a promise of not eating meat one day of a week, every week. Certainly something to dwell upon.

    Everything is Happy Days in Wales. Just had a week off work, went to a very nice place called Wiseman’s Bridge. I recommend it for a nice relaxing trip.

    Anyway hope all is well? And I’ll be speaking soon.

    Happy Days,
    Simon J

  34. I don’t go for red meat or much meat in fact but my downfall is bacon sandwiches. My ex was a vegetarian and I ate next to no meat for 12 years but when we split I stayed with a friend and the temptation of bacon cooking in the morning was too much!

    Matty

  35. Happy Birthday Paul!

    I would also like to add that the U.K. has a show called Ministry of Food with Jamie Oliver, the chef. If this guy doesn’t get an award for what he’s done, especially in Rotherham…! I can’t fathom his talents wasted. He is so genuine and honest to the core.

    The economy all round the world can benefit a few simple recipes and pass it along to entice improved culinary habits.

  36. Hi FEd,

    In the West, where meat consumption is at its highest, one billion people are overweight.

    One billion people are overweight in the West because the overall consumption in general is highest. We are the gluttonous home of super-size, all-you-can-eat and unlimited free refills. Then, we take our doggie bags and park in front of the TV half the day, sit on our riding lawnmower to cut the grass on our postage stamp lot, then park in the closest spot at work, take the elevator to floor 2, then sit around the watercooler eating sweet rolls while we complain to our co-workers how fat we are.

    Every celebrity has to have a cause, so if Paul McCartney wants his to be a ‘No Meat Monday’, have at it. (Happy birthday, by the way.)

    Personally, I’ll not be on board.

  37. :/

    Very embarked on this idea. I love a BBQ’d Sunday, but I hate the idea of suicide. I love walking the streams with my son and looking at the nature, but when we get back, a little protein sure hits the spot. What do I do? I am not a critical advocate. But this Monday, a little salad might hit the spot.

    What would be wrong with cutting back, so that a Monday walk along the stream might not be filled with some corporate cow piss/cow pies?

    Thank-you for making me think again.

    B. Griffith, from a Land where cows are abundant.

    Thanks again.

  38. I accept the importance of the subject. I just want to address a developing tragedy.

    I am an Iranian student. We have been inspired by David’s songs. Pink Floyd is so well known in Iran. Nowadays, a dictator is running a tragic story out there. We need your support. I ask you to send my Iranian friends a message, a song. We have walked all those streets in Tehran, listening to your song. Is there anybody out there?

    We need your support. We are still alive and we will keep on going.

    1. Shabab ~ I do hope that someday soon Iran will be a place where you can openly discuss your differences and beliefs without fear of harm for your family or yourself by your “leaders”.

      The events of the past week have been truly horrendous to watch but refusing to recognize Ahmadinejad’s “government” is the only way to a true democracy.

      Neda Soltani along with many others have paid the ultimate price for freedom… don’t let it be for nothing.

  39. RT @nicklairdclowes Please forward Mayday to any like minded souls: http://bit.ly/pSGeC.

    Thanks to your Twitter link to Mayday, I have now been able to read the lyrics of the song. Merci. But they are a bit cliché, I think.

    That said, I like the idea of a “marching band …under Nelson’s column”. 😉

  40. I’ve managed to keep death off my dinner plate since 1982 when I chose to be Vegetarian, and I’ve been Vegan since 2000.

    Not everybody in the world can afford to eat meat and so rice, wheat and soya are what they have instead, if they are lucky. To produce meat, animals are often fed cereals and soy, so that in environmental terms, meat eating is expensive. The fish eaters of the Pacific Rim countries are having an adverse effect on South Pacific fish stocks which are now becoming depleted.

    Eat what you like, but know the effect on the planet and its population of what you choose to eat.

    Macca’s Meat-Free Monday is a good idea, but only if you want to join in, as your free-will is greatly respected.

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