Human beings undeniably discuss engage in discussions about ethics and morality on a daily basis, often without even realising it. From something trivial, like whether or not it’s ‘right’ to borrow your friend’s pen without asking, to passing moral judgement on those we see accused of horrific crimes like murder or assault, we cannot avoid the topic of morality. It does however beg the question: do these conversations have any real meaning behind them? Or are we simply expressing emotion that adds absolutely nothing to the objective narrative of events? Is it at all possible for something to be ‘right’ or ‘wrong’?
Will the rise of veganism lead to a decrease in meat production? Surprisingly, the answer is not clear cut. While the number of reported vegans in Britain has increased fourfold in the past four years, this does not account for the vast majority of the population outside of the developed Western world. As the global population rises, living conditions improve in many developing areas of the world, and as the price of meat drops, meat consumption has continued to show an overall increase. The UN reports a 3 749 991 tonne increase in primary livestock production from 2016 to 2017. However, this trend has likely decreased in the succeeding two years.
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