The consumption of animal products contributes to global warming, depletes and pollutes water supplies, creates dead zones in the oceans, wastes resources, is responsible for deforestation, requires far more land than the production of crops, diverts food from the underprivileged and is a major contributor to world hunger.
“Livestock produce more climate changing greenhouse gases than all combined forms of transportation. The human appetite for animal flesh is also a driving force behind air and water pollution, soil erosion, fresh water scarcity, and deforestation, including the clearing of tropical rain forests to grow feed for livestock animals. Our personal food choices wield tremendous power … the power to say ‘No’ to the industries that are driving the destruction of our planet, and say ‘Yes’ to Life.”
— The 2006 UN report ‘Livestock’s Long Shadow‘
These are serious issues that need to be addressed. We will discuss them here.
- Earth Save – Global Warming Strategy
- The Vegan Society – Eating the Earth?
- World Preservation Foundation
Reducing Shorter Lived Climate Forcers Through Dietary Change
If you care about saving the environment, then the least you can do is be vegan. It is morally inconsistent to be an omnivore and an environmentalist. Going vegan is the single most effective measure you can take to have a huge impact on global warming. It is also the easiest lifestyle choice you will ever make.
Do you have any questions or suggestions on the environmental impact of eating animal products? Contact me.