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  • About a year ago,

  • I asked myself a question:

  • "Knowing what I know,

  • why am I not a vegetarian?"

  • After all, I'm one of the green guys:

  • I grew up with hippie parents in a log cabin.

  • I started a site called TreeHugger --

  • I care about this stuff.

  • I knew that eating a mere hamburger a day

  • can increase my risk of dying by a third.

  • Cruelty: I knew that the 10 billion

  • animals we raise each year for meat

  • are raised in factory farm conditions

  • that we, hypocritically, wouldn't even consider

  • for our own cats, dogs and other pets.

  • Environmentally, meat, amazingly,

  • causes more emissions

  • than all of transportation combined:

  • cars, trains, planes, buses, boats, all of it.

  • And beef production uses 100 times the water

  • that most vegetables do.

  • I also knew that I'm not alone.

  • We as a society

  • are eating twice as much meat

  • as we did in the 50s.

  • So what was once the special little side treat

  • now is the main, much more regular.

  • So really, any of these angles

  • should have been enough to convince me to go vegetarian.

  • Yet, there I was -- chk, chk, chk --

  • tucking into a big old steak.

  • So why was I stalling?

  • I realized that what I was being pitched

  • was a binary solution.

  • It was either

  • you're a meat eater or you're a vegetarian,

  • and I guess I just wasn't quite ready.

  • Imagine your last hamburger.

  • (Laughter)

  • So my common sense,

  • my good intentions,

  • were in conflict with my taste buds.

  • And I'd commit to doing it later,

  • and not surprisingly, later never came.

  • Sound familiar?

  • So I wondered,

  • might there be a third solution?

  • And I thought about it, and I came up with one.

  • I've been doing it for the last year, and it's great.

  • It's called weekday veg.

  • The name says it all:

  • Nothing with a face Monday through Friday.

  • On the weekend, your choice.

  • Simple.

  • If you want to take it to the next level,

  • remember, the major culprits

  • in terms of environmental damage and health

  • are red and processed meats.

  • So you want to swap those out

  • with some good, sustainably harvested fish.

  • It's structured,

  • so it ends up being simple to remember,

  • and it's okay to break it here and there.

  • After all, cutting five days a week

  • is cutting 70 percent of your meat intake.

  • The program has been great, weekday veg.

  • My footprint's smaller,

  • I'm lessening pollution,

  • I feel better about the animals,

  • I'm even saving money.

  • Best of all, I'm healthier,

  • I know that I'm going to live longer,

  • and I've even lost a little weight.

  • So, please ask yourselves,

  • for your health,

  • for your pocketbook,

  • for the environment, for the animals:

  • What's stopping you from giving weekday veg a shot?

  • After all, if all of us

  • ate half as much meat,

  • it would be like half of us

  • were vegetarians.

  • Thank you.

  • (Applause)

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【TED】Graham Hill: Why I'm a weekday vegetarian (Why I'm a weekday vegetarian | Graham Hill)

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    Zenn posted on 2017/07/24
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