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Terminator Encourages Vegetarianism
by KindMeal.my, 10 December 2015
Terminator Encourages Vegetarianism

Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger says people should go meat-free one or two days a week to protect the climate.

Meat-eating was an environmental problem, with farming creating an estimated 28% of global greenhouse gases, the body-builder and movie star told BBC News. Asking people to go totally vegetarian would be too demanding, he said. It would better to suggest giving up meat once or twice a week, he added.

When asked how young men would achieve a body like The Terminator - the cyborg assassin in the film of the same name - without steak, he said many successful body-builders avoided meat.

"You can get your protein many different ways," he told BBC News. "I have seen many body-builders and (weight) lifters that are vegetarians. My friend recommends stop eating meat. I think that's a good idea but people won't buy in. People will buy in to stop eating meat one or two days a week - you have to start slowly. It's a very big challenge but it doesn't mean it shouldn't be done."

Most public debate on climate change focuses on industry, but emissions associated with meat-eating are causing increasing concern. Producing 1kg of meat protein is calculated to take between 3 and 10kg of vegetable protein. Emissions from farming, forestry and fisheries have nearly doubled over the past 50 years and may increase by another 30% by 2050, according to the United Nations. Most of the emissions from meat farming come from belching livestock and nitrogen fertilisers.

Mr Schwarzenegger tackled the steak issue after an address to a packed hall of students at Paris's leading political science institute, Sciences Po. His audience in the French capital hung on the words of a man old enough to be their grandfather, and applauded his optimism that climate change could be tackled.

As governor of California, Mr Schwarzenegger took on the oil and gas giants to cut carbon emissions through renewables. He said his successor, the Democrat Jerry Brown, had increased his level of ambition - and the next governor would want to trump that.

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Sources: http://bbc.in/1PUsIhW, http://bit.ly/1QeSzB8 « Back To Articles