Auckland's Climate Action Plan

I’m cutting back on red meat

Tell us  why in the comments.

Joan Garth 9 months ago

Animal agriculture - both the damage to environment and what it takes to feed them is the second only to power generation in destruction — ie more than all forms of transport combined !!

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Janet Cole 9 months ago

As a family with growing teenagers, we seek a balance, so focusing on ethical/ sustainable meat, and less per person so eg one piece of meat sliced in a pasta salad across the whole family for some days, fish once a week and vegetarian once a week. I was brought up with the approach that everyone had a piece of meat each every night, and sometimes for breakfast too eg sausages. I do think dairy is taking a huge toll on the environment as well and we need to be making good household choices around this too.

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Debbie Berry 9 months ago

I have reduced my red meat because the damage cows have on the environment

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Philippa Geere-Watson 9 months ago

I just don't see the need for it. Get enough flavor and goodness from vegetables

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Kim Graham 9 months ago

There are two motivators here for me. The first was indeed the advice in an article saying that giving up red meat was a viable choice a sole person could make to lessen to climate change. Once this decision was made, further science articles supported a vegan lifestyle based on cancer rates; those with a plant based diet didn't get or survived cancer better than those who ate meat.

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Florence Kwok 9 months ago

Eating less animal meat, eating more vegetable and fruits. Human will get healthier by eating less meat and more vegetables and fruits

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Mark Miller 9 months ago

Varied diet better for personal health and the environment

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Shane Lewis 9 months ago

I've cut back in quantity but maintained a higher quality

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Shirley Coutts 9 months ago

Not off completely but we are weaning ourselves off it. We understand that the agricultural sector accounts for almost half of our total emissions all thanks to the methane in the animals farts and burps.

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Rochelle Boylan 9 months ago

Have not been a huge red meat eater, but do enjoy a roast lamb once in a blue moon. For me, the choice is financial.

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kelp strewn 9 months ago


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Saul Deeber 7 months ago

Healthier to cut down

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Heidi O 6 months ago

I think reduced red meat consumption is one side of the issue. Another is milk. Yet others are the quality of our waterways, and the amount of carbon being emitted due to our poor soil care. (Half of anthropogenic carbon in the atmosphere is from poor soil care.)

Cows produce bobby calves in our farming system, in order to produce milk. If these bobby calves are not then raised for meat, would it be better to not be producing that milk? What I really want to do is reduce my family's milk consumption. Meat can be produced in sustainable agriculture. The real problem, to my mind, is our dairy industry moving away from a traditional farming model - where all outputs (eg manure) are recycled into inputs (eg compost), and all inputs are grown on farm. Opportunities exist for combining agriculture, horticulture, and silviculture, but using these opportunities will need a big shift in farming mindset.

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Climate Primate 6 months ago

Maybe its not about eating less as individuals, but simply producing less as a nation and as a global society. This challenge should be aimed at industry "YES - I'm producing more red meat" Stop make it the problem of citizens and start recognising the role of industry! What is this 1985?

Who has done research on what the optimum amount of red meat is for a person?

Who has compared that optimum amount multiplied by our population with what the planet can realistically produce?

We just reach a point where we can't produce all the high end food we all want and have to change? But that is a population and population geography problem as well as a climate issue issue - let's not pretend food supply disruption is only about climate change.

Individual choice here is good leadership, but what we need is system change. Less production because industry decides to be sustainable into the future, or is forced, coecered - or heaven forbid 'incentivised' - to DO IT DIFFERENTLY.
It seems innovation in agriculture has stopped rather than being stimulated by being left out of the ETS for decade... might just need to regulate down production. The result would be higher prices at the store, adn less supply (same thing in theory, but in practice it would mean more other things taking up that enormous cavernous space at the supermarket which is all cooled using power...

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Andrew Dyson 3 months ago

Because it is expensive.

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