Spot onIncidentally, over the last few weeks... since the latest bit of publicity where they highlighted the environmental impacts of the meat industry... I'd say that I've halved my meat intake. Used more pulses and Quorn mince / sausages (been impressed with those)
These animal welfare issues come into it too. Last weekend, I bought a large Tesco chicken that fed 6... and chose a free-range one - which I occasionally do. Instead of costing around £4-50, it cost £7-40. Obviously a lot more but still works out at just over a pound per person. If you buy pies, or anything like a half decent pizza, it costs more than that. OK... I know a free-range hen is probably not slaughtered any more humanely - but it's still a move in the right direction.
The memsahib and I buy all our meat from honeywells (other butchers are available), we do this because:-
It supports local businesses
You know the provenance of the meat
it was treated humanely
It doesnt come in a plastic packager having been driven from Poland or wherever
it tastes better
all of this comes at a cost but I recal the days when the only chicken available was effectively an organic chicken which you ate once a week at best, we tend to have a non meat day and maybe a little fish on another.
My son worked at a farm that bred chickens three ways
Kentucky - 42 days old exactly
supermarket, kept in a barn but led a sort of life
Organic, free range, able to live the life the animal was born to prior to being dispatched.
so yes i do find the way some cultures address their dietary habits but for now I am trying to put my house in order before I reflect on others