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Pope Francis Tells Young Europeans That Eating Meat is “Self-Destructive,” Bad for The Environment

“There is an urgent need to reduce the consumption not only of fossil fuels but also of so many superfluous things.”

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Pope Francis has told young Europeans that they should eat less meat, as it is part of a “self-destructive trend.”

Francis penned a letter to the EU Youth Conference held in Prague this week, a gathering of young people from across the supranational union. In the letter, the Pope invited the attendees to “transform the ‘old continent’ into a ‘new continent’,” praising them for being less ideological and “sensitive to environmental issues.”

He applauded the young Europeans for being “capable of concrete initiatives,” and said that they should turn around the “self-destructive trend” of reserving “a life of luxury… for a small slice of the world.” Instead, they must follow a path of “dignity and sobriety,” by reducing the consumption of “superfluous things,” including eating meat, in order to save the environment.

Specifically, the Pope argued that “in certain areas of the world,” less meat should be consumed. It is unclear exactly what Francis meant by this, but as the speech was addressed to Europeans, they would most likely be included in that.

A study from the University of Helsinki published in April suggested that eating meat grown in a lab and mashed-up bugs is good for the environment. In May, a study was undertaken in a number of primary schools in Wales where children were given the option to eat bugs, with the scientists hoping they would persuade their parents to do so as well.

Francis referred to his previous publication of “Laudato si,” a 2015 letter that attacked global warming, and demanded that the entire world take “swift and unified global action” in order to stop it from happening.

The Pope also instructed the young Europeans to “present the world with a new face” of the continent, as their ancestors had in the past “went to other continents, not always for noble interests.”

Discussing the current conflict in Ukraine, Francis repeated the claim that “if the world were ruled by women, there would not be so many wars, because those who have the mission of giving life cannot make death choices.” Over the past 500 years in Europe, queens were 27% more likely to wage war than kings.

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    July 13, 2022 at 5:18 pm

    People will switch to alternatives if the nutrition is there (Phys*org has reported that alternatives are not necessarily “all there” on the nutrition front!), if the price is right (especially, if the alternative is actually much cheaper to make!), if the taste is right (and some products are just terrible on the taste front!) and if the texture is there (I don’t wish to chew something that has the texture of “rubber” when it is supposed to have the texture of cooked beef, pork or chicken!)!… it’s as simple as that! Believe me, people don’t care! Editor, would you care if all the above were met?
    I don’t know Editor!… maybe we need a type of hyped Nobel-Oscar Award for every “animal alternative” so that people will be encouraged to move away from their “meat habits”!… but, with the prerequisites as aforenoted!
    I recently got a couple of packs of a sliced “cheddar-cheese alternative” that– for me!– was in the 95% taste AND texture range!… though, was a little on the LITE SIDE of the cheddar spectrum (something like comparing milk-chocolate to dark-chocolate!… if you get my comparison!)! However!… I belatedly learned that there was NO CALCIUM IN THE “PRODUCT”!… NO CALCIUM IN C-H-E-E-S-E? WHO IN THEIR “RIGHT MIND” IS GOING TO WANT TO PACK THAT INTO THEIR CHILDREN’S LUNCH BAGS?

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    July 14, 2022 at 1:59 pm

    Meanwhile – God hasn’t declared any changes in commands nor to rewrite The New Testament. Ex.: Peter’s vision in Acts 20:11-17.
    11 He saw heaven opened and something like a large sheet being let down to earth by its four corners. 12 It contained all kinds of four-footed animals, as well as reptiles and birds. 13 Then a voice told him, “Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.”

    14 “Surely not, Lord!” Peter replied. “I have never eaten anything impure or unclean.”

    15 The voice spoke to him a second time, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.”

    16 This happened three times, and immediately the sheet was taken back to heaven.

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