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Is it Christmas without the meat dinner?

Host_Ryan - One Show team | 15:45 UK time, Wednesday, 17 December 2008

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It's a British tradition to eat meat at the Christmas meal.

Roast turkey, chicken, lamb and beef. Chipolata sausages wrapped in bacon. Duck, goose, pheasant and... turkey sandwiches, turkey sandwiches, turkey curry and more turkey sandwiches.

 

Justin at a farmBut there is an alternative. In the latest One Minute on The One Show, Justin Kerswell from vegetarian organistation Viva, tried to convince us to cut out the meat this Christmas.

He thinks that animals being killed for our dinners is not very Christmassy. He says that the average person eats over 11,000 animals in their lifetime - lives that could be saved if we replaced the meat with veg.

He also made the case that vegetarianism is good for the planet and better for your health. He says that vegetarians have lower rates of obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure and gallstones.

And if that's not enough, he also wants us to know that there are now lots of tasty alternatives to meat on the market.

 

The National Farmer's Union reply to Justin's film is: "Food is for enjoying, especially at this festive time of year, and the NFU would encourage shoppers to look out for the Red Tractor logo, to be reassured the food they are buying is British, has been reared to high standards of animal health and welfare and is traceable back to the farm gate."

 

Justin will be eating fake turkey meat at his Christmas meal. Will you? Add your comment.

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