I was up at 3am last night – because toddler – and thought I would catch up with Masterchef.
I needn’t have bothered. Out of all the dishes, only two were vegetarian and all had some animal product in them (one was a dessert).
Meat and dairy feature heavily as if the warnings about cutting consumption of meat and dairy had never happened. Six years ago, the Guardian reported: UN urges global move to meat and dairy-free diet.
Professor Edgar Hertwich, the lead author of the report, said: “Animal products cause more damage than [producing] construction minerals such as sand or cement, plastics or metals. Biomass and crops for animals are as damaging as [burning] fossil fuels.”
The recommendation follows advice last year that a vegetarian diet was better for the planet from Lord Nicholas Stern, former adviser to the Labour government on the economics of climate change. Dr Rajendra Pachauri, chair of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), has also urged people to observe one meat-free day a week to curb carbon emissions.
I’m mentioning the Guardian article because it was so long ago. Since then the world (at least the UK) has slowly going vegan. In Bristol, vegan after vegan restaurants have been opening. The Metro paper has been constant in its support of veganism, the Huffington Post, the Telegraph, and the Guardian as well.
But Masterchef is still stuck in its planet killing ways.
Time to change!
It’s a sad state of affairs when the biggest, and most successful perhaps, call to veganism comes from trying to save the planet rather than admitting that sentient beings should have rights too. For now, they don’t. Something to think about.