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Good news! The price of red meat will soar over the next two years, according to Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA). The number of cattle in Australia has hit a 20-year low, so there are less animals to slaughter

This is good news for a lot of reasons. First of all, eating vegetarian food is much cheaper. A recent study in the Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition showed that a plant based diet can supply the same amount of calories at a far lower cost than one based around meat.

Secondly, cutting back on meat and moving to a plant-based diet will make us all healthier. Unlike meat, milk, and eggs, plant-based foods are cholesterol-free, generally low in saturated fat, and high in fibre, complex carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. Plant-based foods have been shown to fight obesityheart diseasediabetesbreastprostate, and colorectal cancers.

Thirdly, according to the U.N. Convention to Combat Desertification, it takes up to 10 kg of grain to produce just 1 kg of meat, while the Worldwatch Institute reports that a staggering 51 percent or more of global greenhouse-gas emissions are caused by animal agriculture.

Best of all, giving up meat will help save not just your pocket, your health and the environment, but will also save millions of animals from torment and slaughter. Now that is good news.


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  1. Actually high prices will encourage the development of feed lots, a shift to factory produced poultry and pork, and will push up the price of alternative proteins. This should be good for meat and dairy producers on the North Coast, and particularity for Casino and Kyogle. It will also improve the diets as people reduce excessive meat consumption. However you should remember that meat eating has long been part of traditional Australian culture, so rising prices will put pressure on the budgets of many low income Australians – including many indigenous people – who tend to prefer a more traditional meat based diet. Can I suggest that while we recognize the need to moderate meat consumption and to manage meat production sustainably and ethically, some Australians might not appreciate people expressing flee over developments that will make life harder for a lot of less well off people in this country.


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