Graham Hill at TED2010 – Why I’m a weekday vegetarian

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Nothing with a face Monday through Friday. On the weekend, your choice. Simple.
不行 让我一星期五天不能吃肉简直要我命了吧
weekday vegetarian不可能的 不存在
那我就尝试做一个two days vegetarian吧

这个talk和try sth new for 30 days都用到了give it a shot.


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.


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i cared about this stuff,i knew that eating a meal hamburger a day can increase xxx by xxx,cruelty,i knew that there are ten billion animals we‘ll xxx to you for meat are raising factory for our conditions that we xxx would in consider for our own cats,dogs and other pets.

environmentally,meat amazingly causes more emissions than all the transtation combined,cars,trains,planes,buses,boats,all these.

and beef production is the hundred times than water,than most products do.
i also knew that im not alone,we is xxx are eating as twices as we did in the 15th.
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what i was enpich to the binary solution,it was either,you’re meat eater,or you’re vegetarian,and i guess,i just wasn’t quite ready,imagine,your last hamburger.
so my common sense,my good intentions,will conflict with my taste xxx,and i commit doing this,later.and not surprisingly,later never came.xxxxx

so i wonder,might there be a third solution,i thought about it and i came up with one,and im doing for the last year,and it’s great,it’s called,weekday vege.the name says it’s monday to friday,on the weekends,you’ll choise,simple.if you want to take to the next level,remember the major xxx in terms of environmental damage and health,are red unprocess meats,so you want to xxxx with some good sustainably health xxx fish,it’s structured so it will be simple be remember,and it’s okay to break here and there,after all,cutting five days a week,xxx cutting 70% your meat xxx.

the program has been great,my xxxx smaller,im less in pollution,i feel better about the animals,i even saving money,best of all,im healthier,i know that i’ll live longer,i even lost a little weight,so please,ask yourselfs,for your health,for your xxx,for the environments,for the animals,what’s stopping you from give weekday vegetarian a shot?

after all,if all of us,eat half much meat,you’ll be half of us,vegetarian.