Paul McCartney takes Meat-Free Monday to EU

FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2009 file photo, Paul McCartney participates in "Chance and Chemistry: A Centennial Celebration of Frank Loesser" to benefit The Actors Fund in New York.

December 3, 2009 6:26:32 AM PST
Paul McCartney has taken his Meat-Free Monday campaign to the European Parliament, saying the power to halt global warming lies as much with individuals as with their governments.

McCartney met in Brussels with Rajendra K. Pachauri, head of the U.N.'s global climate change panel, and praised the virtue of skipping meat one day a week for the sake of the environment.

The former Beatle says the production of food - from farm to fork - accounts for 20 to 30 percent of global green house gas emissions. Livestock production is responsible for around half of these emissions.

Pachauri lauded McCartney's initiative, saying it "makes the tasks of governments so much easier."