ONE OF THE BEST, AND SURELY THE MOST DELICIOUS, WAYS TO SAVE THE PLANET AND ANIMALS IS TO GO VEGAN!
Eat yourself green with a vegan diet, saving animals and the planet, whilst making yourself slim and healthy. One of the most effective ways of saving the planet is to become energy efficient eaters. Changing our diets can change the world!
Biodiversity is becoming a huge problem. Vast swathes of land across the world are being used by the meat industry, the amazon forest for example is being decimated to produce land where cattle can be reared and soya can be grown to feed them. Every year 7.5 million (!!!) hectares of rainforest is destroyed, this is the equivalent of an area of TWICE the size of PARIS being cut down everyday.
Regularly choosing to eat vegan means that you are directly reducing the amount of land cleared to rear cattle. You are saving millions of animals both wild and farmed. Nothing cuts your carbon footprint like going vegan! Nothing!!
Our oceans are at great risk. Many fish stocks are running low, many on the brink of extinction. Fish farming is not the answer, for every tonne of farmed fish, four tonnes of wild fish need to be caught and fed to them. Eating fish is still eating meat, no matter how you look at it, eating less or no fish is the way forward.
GREEN HOUSE GASES
The livestock industry is responsible for more green house gases than the entire transport industry! All those billions of cars, planes and trains….. It contributes 18% of the harmful gases, compared to 13.5% by transport. This means that a vegan driving a gas guzzling 4×4 causes less harm to the environment that a push bike-riding meat eater.
Every year 2.4 billion tonnes of CO2 is pumped into the atmosphere because of the meat industries land use, including slash and burn techniques in deforestation. Livestock produces 65% of nitrous oxide emissions (296 GWP). 86 million tonnes of methane (which has 20 times the global warming potential as CO2) is belched and farted out of ruminant animals, like cows every year, with their manure adding a further 18 million tonnes. Massive figures, but we can do something. By minimising our meat and dairy consumption, or even better, going vegan, we become environmental activists just by choosing what we put onto our plate.
LOCAL AND ORGANIC
Eating a local, vegan diet is one of the most environmentally friendly ways of living. Meat eaters, even local meat eaters, produce on average 1.2 million tonnes more global warming gases a year than pure veggies. Local means much less pollution in transportation and is the way forward.
Vegan organic means a plant only diet without any chemical pesticides, fertilisers etc. This is much better for the earth and ourselves. Millions of animals also die due to consuming pesticides, especially when they leech into rivers and seas.
Agriculture uses 70% of our fresh water supplies. Meanwhile 2.3 billion people live in water-deprived areas and 1.7 billion people do not have access to clean drinking water. The livestock industry is by far, one of the worlds worst water polluters via chemicals used in the rearing, feeding and processing of meat. 2/3 of the nitrous oxide and ammonia , which causes acid rain, is produced by manure alone.
FEED THE WORLD
Meat is a highly energy in-efficient food. Cut out the middle man and go veggie. The UN has warned that if we continue to consume the planets resources at the current rate, we will need TWO EXTRA PLANETS because our population will rise to nine billion by 2050. A vegan/ vegetarian diet could feed the world many times over, without any great fuss, since it requires dramatically less land and resources.
A piece of land the size of a football field can feed only two people on meat. But it can feed ten people on maize, 24 people on grains and 61 people on soya!!!!
EAT MORE TO FEED THE WORLD
Eating a hearty vegan diet is highly energy efficient and means that valuable resources can be utilised to feed the world. Minimising your household food waste will also have a huge effect on this (see ‘Waste Not, Want Not‘) or even better, check out these guys in Brazil.
Go green. Go veggie. Go vegan. It is a huge step, a massive leap towards a brighter and better world. Tell your friends, this is the future of eating and it is delicious!!!!
All of the above was taken from a recent Viva! magazine – see links above