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Old Dec 04, 2009, 03:29 AM   #1
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Default McCartney's call for meat-free Mondays falls flat with IFA

McCartney's call for meat-free Mondays falls flat with IFA

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/...260043638.html

FORMER BEATLE Paul McCartney, who took his campaign to encourage people to stop eating meat for one day a week to the European Parliament, has fallen foul of Irish farmers and politicians.

McCartney, who believes such a move would protect the world from climate change, was accused by Irish Farmers’ Association president Pádraig Walshe of leading a “flawed campaign against meat” which was contradictory on climate change.

Mr Walshe, who is also president of Copa, the European farm organisation, said sustainable and environmentally friendly grass-based beef production from Ireland, Britain and other EU countries was being replaced on the EU market with Brazilian beef, most of which was coming from chopped down Amazon rainforest areas.

Mr Walshe said that in recent years, Brazil has cut down Amazon rainforest areas the size of Belgium to meet beef export demand from Europe and other areas.

He added that cattle numbers in the EU were already down 25 per cent since 1990. EU beef production was falling and the deficit was being filled with imported beef from South America – mainly Brazil.

“Instead of campaigning MEPs to reduce the livestock herd in Europe, Paul McCartney should be lobbying to safeguard grass-based beef production here,” he said. “This policy will halt the destruction of the rainforest and do much more for climate change than his campaign to impose vegetarianism on the world,” he said.

Ireland East MEP Maireád McGuinness said single issues such as vegetarianism served up as a solution to climate change, discredit efforts to tackle what is a real global issue. “Getting rid of livestock from the planet as a solution to climate change is too far-fetched and unrealistic a proposition to be credible,” she said.

Calling for a “meat free Monday” would be a waste of food for those who normally used the leftovers from the Sunday roast, she said.
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There's been some comments from parliament members which I even can understand and are part of politics and when you see Paul's statement what he said you can create a debate about things he said and that is what he created. I just wonder what it would lead to.

I was so proud of Paul speaking up to the Europarliament, I mean which person with his background can do that, but to be honest, I found it somewhat weak, although the response at the moment was amazing.
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Does that mean the IFA didn't like Paul's "Meat Free Monday" song?
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Calling for a “meat free Monday” would be a waste of food for those who normally used the leftovers from the Sunday roast, she said.
Bit of a non argument here. Do it on a tuesday if monday doesn't fit.
One day without meat isn't a bad idea. Little more to say then that I hope Paul won't peform this song live.

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"Do it on a tuesday, if you don't want to throw food away,
you can do it on a tuesday, or any other day."

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Bit of a non argument here. Do it on a tuesday if monday doesn't fit.
I agree - that "what about our roast left overs????" is suuuuuch a lame argument!
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However, cutting back production in one part of the world, just to turn around and import it from another, is also more than a little nuts. In fact, the solution is worse than the original problem.
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Old Dec 05, 2009, 02:22 AM   #7
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However, cutting back production in one part of the world, just to turn around and import it from another, is also more than a little nuts. In fact, the solution is worse than the original problem.
I agree with that. However I don't think that's part of the solution.
Just the one day without meat, and personaly I don't do it on a monday, can be a part of the solution.
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Little more to say then that I hope Paul won't peform this song live.


I don't have anything good to say about the song either.

The initiative is quite interesting, though. I would gladly have "meat-free" days from time to time, and hopefully everyone can make their own contributions to environmentally friendly initiatives.
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... and what would Paul say to a call for pot-free fridays ?
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You may have seen me post pictures of Marianne Thieme in the Crushes thread



She is the leader of the Party For Animals in our Parliament, a Dutch political party whose highest priority is animal welfare and the respectful treatment of animals. In the Netherlands, they are represented in the House of Representatives, the Senate and the Provincial States. That is unique: never before has a political party devoted to animal welfare been elected to a national parliament anywhere else in the world.

It appears she has been in direct personal correspondence with Paul about his Meat Free Monday initiative and was invited by Paul last week for a personal chat about that and other things with him.

After that talk she is now asking for attention in blogs for the recent film Paul made for Peta.

Very cool and proud of Marianne again.
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Just saw a thing on the news yesterday that Baltimore, MD school districts are doing "Meat Free Mondays" for the students! :D Wonderful! Made me think of Paul right away!
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