Methane is one of the lesser known gases for causing global warming. The greenhouse gas is most often created in the meat industry. For this reason more and more consumers are converting to vegetarianism in an attempt to lower their carbon footprint.
This trend has only increased in recent years. There is now a high demand for supermarkets to stock meat alternatives on their shelves. Interestingly this has led to a fad of people wanting to consume the most realistic “bloody” (yet bloodless) plant based burger they can find. For this reason big chains have begun selling vegetarian burgers that appear to bleed.
This is perhaps a trend started by former meat eaters who still crave a certain amount of meatiness in their meal. It is a testament to these people that they are willing to deny themselves a primal urge for meat for the sake of preventing climate change.
However, it must be stated that climate change is not the sole reason for the rise in vegetarianism. Some people have converted because they have ethical issues with killing animals for food. Others are choosing to rid themselves of meat for the health benefits.
The agricultural industry currently causes 15% of the world’s carbon emissions. It is no secret that if the majority of the world’s population abstained from eating meat then global warming would be decreased. Half of the carbon footprint caused by this industry comes from the cattle themselves. Therefore if the cattle were in lower demand then there would be less reason to keep such large stocks of them.
It remains to be seen if vegetarianism continues to grow in the coming years. It is a trend that sees no sign of stopping. The invention of “mock meat”, veggie meals that appear to be bloody may help keep people eating green.