Although all these considerations are far from reassuring and the ecosystem’s situation increasingly fragile, it is somewhat comforting to notice that the number of people who choose to reduce or eliminate meat consumption is on the rise.
This positive trend is the result of more information and awareness about animals and environmental issues, which, unfortunately, are affecting us more and more. Many people are becoming aware of the benefits of a predominantly vegetarian diet and the positive impact this would have on the planet and are trying to change their eating habits and reduce all those actions that could damage them and the planet.
Let’s leave the moral and environmental reasons for which more and more people are deciding to stop eating animals aside for a moment. It’s the conditions in which these animals are reared and the frequent human-animal contaminations (e.g. bird flu, mad cow disease, swine flu) that should dissipate any doubts on the importance of choosing a vegetarian diet. The thought of the large amounts of hormones and antibiotics continuously administered to animals, such as chickens, cows, or pigs, should discourage us from eating them.
It is now clear that meat consumption (especially red meat) can be, or rather is, very harmful to our health. Experts and medicine luminaries often stress this factor. In fact, both the Italian Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation have published guidelines to reduce the burden of cardiovascular diseases and cancer.