Let’s start reducing the consumption of meat * iniziamo a ridurre il consumo di carne


mucche_(c)ilbernina (c) picture  Bruno Raselli
Claudine published article on  Corriere del Ticino 6.9.2019

It is always very tender to see cows with beautiful horns, grazing among our beautiful pine-covered mountains, then further on, you can also see some streaks of snow that have survived the rise in temperature.
It is also tender to read that over here (in Ticino) the cattles have a name, that they are lovingly cared for if they are sick and that they are fed with first quality fodder and without the addition of antibiotics, growth hormones and other products with doubtful influences on the man who then the meat eats it.

Mr. S. Genini of UCT (Union of Farmers of Ticino and Agricultural Secretariat) explains very well the situation in our country, including the free trade agreement that the European Association (Aels) is entering into with Mercosur.
We all know, at least even this is a fact, that the increase in CO2 is also due to intensive farming (and there are everywhere, not only in the Americas).
The harrowing images of the Amazon where the fire is devouring second after second the “lung of our planet”, do not need explanations. And yet, to satisfy the need to consume meat, people no longer look at quality but at quantity.

When they pass in front of the meat counter, they look first at the price tag, forgetting how much suffering and horror is hidden behind each piece displayed in a good view.
And here we have no differences: the piece of local organic meat or that of intensive slaughtering of meat, both were living creatures.
Perhaps we should all ask ourselves questions: is there really a “human” method for raising an animal that is then slaughtered?
Who lingers in front of the counters with exposed meat products, it does not matter if salami rather than steaks, did he/she ask himself who was the creature from which was the finished product extracted? Was it called “Bella” or “Bruna” or was it just a mass of product to be slaughtered without a name, enclosed in an iron cage where it could not even move?

Perhaps if we really want to do something intelligent for the planet, for our health, we could start reducing the consumption of meat and products derived from animals.
It is a question of choice, quality of life, not only for the animals but also for us: animals that are moving on two legs.

[My article was written in response to another appeared in the press, rather aimed to claim at the increasing costs of meat in Switzerland… since people buy cheaper foreign meat. For this reason, I use mockery tones…]


12 Replies to “Let’s start reducing the consumption of meat * iniziamo a ridurre il consumo di carne”

    1. Stupendo! Questo mi fa piacere… molte volte sembra impossibile, ma è solo una questione di “forza mentale”. Tutti possono cercare di fare qualcosa di tangibile… e poi si discute con altri, si spiega gli effetti positivi… ed ecco l’effetto domino! Grazie di cuore caro Gian Paolo, serena serata :-)c

    1. Actually, I’m very happy I can publish my “thoughts” (transgressive one’s) in the newspapers. I shall pay attention to be moderate and don’t exaggerate, unless they will put some sort of censuring….
      There must be a “start”, a first step, as I did, to enable the radical change little by little. Hugs, my dear :-)c

  1. Sono completamente d’accordo con i tuoi commenti. Spero che la nostra politica possa finalmente prendere le giuste decisioni in merito alla protezione del clima. Abbi cura di te Claudine. Un abbraccio dolce. Ernst

    1. Indeed, the problem dates back to a long time ago… when beliefs and customs inculcated in our mind what was “healthy and good” for our health. I grew up in a humble family, where we ate meat sometimes only on Sundays (if there was) and many times they were the hens or rabbits of the maternal grandmother since she had a small farm… at 20 I had my first “vegetarian” period. In all honesty, I didn’t like meat, the blood was disgusting me and when Mom told me that eating meat it was good to grow, I turned up my nose. Now that I understand a lot of things, which I can then explain to those around me, I realized that it was only a “manipulation”. Since to be healthy, we MUST AVOID eating animal products… More and more I can even restrict cheese consumption (my only weakness). Hugs and love :-)c

  2. La questione è la pura cecità della maggioranza. Il prodotto bello e confezionato che si vende al supermercato, le cotolette, le fettine di prosciutto nelle confezioni di plastica, riescono bene a “celare” la vita che c’è. Mi risulta che pochi rimangano completamente impassibili nel vedere un animale “tagliuzzato” e smembrato nel retro della macelleria. Analogamente, non informarsi per niente nel 2019 sul processo di produzione alimentare è far finta di essere ciechi.
    Sono certa che la vita moderna non renda possibile certe scelte sostenibili, si tratta di oggettività e sono consapevole io stessa di non condurre una vita realmente in linea con questo concetto. Tuttavia, è possibile fare tanto. Il consumo eccessivo di carne non è sano ma è ben impiantato nella società del benessere.
    grazie per questi interessanti articoli, Claudine 🙂

    1. I miei articoli, ma anche quelli scritti da Massimo, hanno generato parecchio malumore e sulla stampa (specialmente mio marito) è stato criticato in malo modo dalla Lobby degli allevatori.
      Carissima, non ci lasciamo condizionare dalle minacce, anzi, queste ci dimostrano che le nostre “voci” infastidiscono.
      Protesta aperta, dunque!
      Un fortissimo abbraccio e spero di rivederti presto… :)c

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