Yves here. We’ve been saying for some time that it will become necessary to eat way further down on the food chain. However, sweeping statements like the one at the very end undermine the credibility of advocates of eating more responsibly. They ignore the fact that low/no animal protein/only grass fed proteins diets are increasingly popular, and that some engage in high carbon footprint activities like regularly flying business class.
By Julie Cappiello, the Global Communications Manager at Originally published at
Going vegan will help reduce animal suffering, protect your health and halve your carbon footprint. So what are you waiting for?
In a recent press release on its website, Greenpeace called for a . A by the organization states that “global meat and dairy production and consumption must be cut in half by 2050 to avoid dangerous climate change.” The report also confirms what many have said for years: Eating meat and dairy raises , including risk of , heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. Indeed, calling for such a reduction is vital to the fight against global warming, as animal agriculture is the .
Why are meat, dairy and eggs so harmful to the environment? Every year we raise and kill at least land animals for food worldwide. We enormous amounts of corn, soy, and wheat to each of them. Much of this animal is grown on deforested land whose precious rainforests and wildlife have been wiped out. These animals excrete untold amounts of feces, which pollute local waterways and accelerate climate change by emitting methane into the atmosphere. They must be transported to slaughter and their meat packaged and shipped. The process not only kills billions of animals and but literally kills our planet.
The Environmental Protection Agency reports that the livestock sector is one of the of carbon dioxide pollution and the single largest source of methane and nitrous oxide. And according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, carbon dioxide emissions from raising farmed animals make up about 15 percent of global human-induced emissions.
Raising animals for food is also culpable for more than 90 percent of and uses more than . More than of tropical rainforest—and 135 animal, plant, and insect species— to animal agriculture each day.
Animal agriculture also takes a devastating toll on wildlife through habitat loss and hunting. Because it uses such a massive amount of land, are pushed out of their natural environments or because they are viewed as a predatory threat to the meat and dairy industries.
The good news? By going vegan you not only help protect animals but .