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World Meat Free Day Today! Is meat production costing the earth?

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!

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Veggie Lovin’ in the UK

David Cameron you punk!

The tides are shifting, even the British MP’s are getting on the good ship veggie.  We cannot keep eating these levels of mass produced meat (read here on the BBC website) and apparently vegan is the new black (whatever that means).  The British government are urging us to eat less meat in order to make the worlds food supply more sustainable.  Hoorah!

Liberal Democrat MP Sir Malcolm Bruce, said: “There is no room for complacency about food security over the coming decades if UK consumers are to enjoy stable supplies and reasonable food prices.” 

He added: “With the UK never more than a few days away from a significant food shortage, UK consumers should also be encouraged over time to reduce how often they eat meat.

“Meanwhile, as a nation we should place a stronger focus on more sustainable extensive systems of meat production such as pasture-fed cattle, rather than on highly intensive grain-fed livestock units.”

All this recent publicity in the press makes me feel that exciting changes lie ahead and we will all be eating more veggies soon.  Even the Daily Mail (a normally morally awry daily newspaper, uber conservative and generally downright offensive) had a story on the front page with similar sentiments.  The issues relating to mass produced meat are being addressed by parliament and information being shared about the negative impact of the meat industry in general.  This can only be a good thing.  I also think David Cameron suits a mohawk and this would greatly improve his public image.

London Vegfest is getting bigger each year and this October it is looking better than ever.  The perfect place to get some veggie and vegan inspiration.

Read more here, Why on Earth are we Eating Meat?

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