Psychologist: Excessive meat consumption must be addressed

Chicken cutlets and sausages on a grill, over dts
Chicken cutlets and sausages on a grill, over dts
After the corona outbreak in a Tönnies slaughterhouse, psychologist Tamara Pfeiler from Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz accused the government of not prioritizing excessive meat consumption sufficiently.

"Although this is a scandal, there is no overall discussion of the subject," she told the news portal Watson. The fact that meat production was classified as systemically important is "an expression of how politicians think about the consumption of meat and animal products in general".

It is signaled that it is simply part of consuming these foods, said Pfeiler, who conducts research on the psychology of meat eating and works as a vegan coach. "At the same time, we are not supported by the government to deal more closely with the issue of animal welfare," continues Pfeiler. Meat has long been perceived as a staple food. "And we also benefit from beliefs that legitimize meat consumption as normal, natural and necessary, since they avoid actively dealing with this emotional conflict." According to the pillar, there is still a lot of ignorance about vegetarian and vegan nutrition. “Many people think that meat, milk or cheese, for example because of the protein or various vitamins, are necessary for a healthy diet. They are afraid of getting sick if they leave out these products. We still need a lot of education and positive communication about the benefits of plant-based nutrition. ”



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