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Some “save the environment” requests seem pretty straightforward. Don’t pour oil onto animals. Don’t pump hazardous smoke into the air. Don’t dump chemicals into the ocean. But don’t eat meat?

As reported by the Irish Times, that’s what former Irish president Mary Robinson recently said at the One Young World Summit in Ottawa, Canada: “We need each of us to think about our carbon footprint. Eat less meat, or no meat at all. Become vegetarian or vegan.” As expected, farmers and others in the meat industry did not react kindly to her statements. John Comer, president of the Irish Creamery and Milk Suppliers Association, asked about the carbon footprint left by Robinson’s flying around the world to give such seminars “urging others to give up meat and dairy for the planet’s sake.”

Who is right? Is your choice to eat meat really your own or should you consider more than yourself? How fair is it to tell others what to eat? The situation is so complex that it kind of makes you hungry. Let’s look at both sides of the burger (or sirloin or lamb chop, etc.)

Image: By _BuBBy_ from USA – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Grilling_Steaks.jpg, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=36076942

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