Reducing or eliminating meat and animal products is an action you can take that will help save our shared home.
How? It's simple... less meat and animal products equals
fewer farmed animals
less greenhouse gas emmissions
less species extinction
reduced water use
reduced poisonous effluent
The single biggest way to reduce your environmental impact?
Less GHG emissions
Reducing methane emissions from all major sources, including animal agriculture, is our best chance to slow climate change over the next 20 years. Shifting to plant-rich diets, would make a large dent in greenhouse gases.
You can immediately reduce your impact on global warming by changing what's on your plate.
Less species extinction
As consumers we contribute towards the loss of species through what we buy at the supermarket.
Last year, a UN report identified the key drivers of biodiversity loss, including overfishing, climate change and pollution. But the single biggest driver of biodiversity loss remains the destruction of natural habitats - the majority for animal agriculture.
Reduced water use
What we eat and drink makes up about half of our water footprint. The production of a meat-based diet typically consumes twice the amount of fresh water as compared to a healthy plant-based diet. Eating plant-rich diets could allow the same volume of water to feed two people instead of one, with no loss in overall nutrition.
We must recognise how valuable water is before there isn't enough of it.
Eating land animals also greatly diminishes the oceans, with 40% of the fish taken from the sea fed inefficiently to pigs, chickens, cows, domestic cats, and farm-raised fish.
There is a LOT of money in meat & dairy, and a lot of it is spent to encourage us to not change our habits. So you will hear and see the greenwashing of meat & dairy everywhere.
Always remember we simply do not have the land capacity to feed 8 Billion people free-range meat from 'regenerative farms'.
'Buying local', 'dismissing dietary change' 'seaweed eating cows' and other 'quick technology fixes' are all part of a multi-pronged PR strategy seeking to legitimise not only the industry’s current activities but also its plans to scale up production — despite clear warnings from climate scientists that this could ruin our efforts to meet climate targets.
- The carbon opportunity cost of animal sourced protein on land - Harvard Law School - ALPP
- Making the connection between animal-based diets & increasing water scarcity - Truth or Drought
- Food choice versus eating local - Our World in Data
- Can holistic grazing reverse climate change? A review of Kiss the Ground - Plant Proof Podcast
- Why 'regenerative grazing' is the new 'clean coal' (soil carbon sequestration does not offer a substantial mitigation opportunity) - Food Climate Research Network
- Sustainable Diets: What You Need to Know in 12 Charts - World Resources Institute