Today is World Meat Free Day ‘One Small Step For Our Planet’! I’ve been reading a lot this morning about the negative effects of the global industrialised animal industry. There is no easy way around it, it is shockingly bad for the environment. I don’t want to say too much about it really, the figures speak for themselves. Here are just a few eye opening facts. Presently, our taste for meat is costing us the earth:
- According to scientists at the World Bank, animal agriculture is responsible for over 50 percent of anthropogenic greenhouse gases (AGHG) produced world-wide, making animal agriculture responsible for more AGHG than all forms of transportation combined and tripled.
- Animal agriculture is responsible for more deforestation that any other industry in the world.
- Animal agriculture uses more fresh water than any other industry in the world, which contributes to water scarcity.
- Animal agriculture is the world’s largest polluter of fresh water.
- In the United States, on-the-job injuries among slaughterhouse workers are three times higher than in other factory jobs.
- And, according to a recent report by the United Nations, 70 percent of all diseases in humans are linked to animal agriculture.
- Everyday, 10,000 children die from starvation and one billion people suffer from malnutrition. In the U.S. alone, the amount of grain fed to livestock could feed 840 million people per year.
Taken from this article on the Vegan Future Now site. One meat-free day makes a lot difference. One vegan day takes it a huge step further in the right direction! If you are thinking about becoming vegan, or taking steps towards a vegan lifestyle, check out the Vegan Society site for a huge amount of helpful advice/information. Their 30 day vegan pledge is an excellent resource to support anybody interested in giving it a go.
Changing the way we eat will change the world for the better and create a brighter future addressing; world hunger, water scarcity, deforestation, climate change, water pollution and many other escalating environmental disasters. Drop the quarter pounder and pick up a Portobello and Pecan Burger instead this World Meat Free Day!