Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Save the Earth Go Vegan

World Hunger - .We are consuming 50% more natural resources globally than our planet can sustainably produce. Water used for livestock production is projected to increase 50% by 2025. Producing 1kg of beef requires 70 times as much land as 1kg of vegetables. And over 40% of the world’s grain harvest or 70-97% of richer countries grain, the harvest is fed to livestock. 6kg of plant protein is required to produce just 1kg of meat protein.' 9 May 2012 WWF Living Report pdf
United Nations Environment Programme's (UNEP) international panel of sustainable resource management stated: "As the global population surges towards a predicted 9.1 billion people by 2050, western tastes for diets rich in meat and dairy products are unsustainable. A global shift towards a vegan diet is vital to save the world from hunger, fuel poverty and the worst impacts of climate change."

Philip Wollen presentation - Animals Should be off the Menu

WATER - Animal-based agriculture accounts for 70% of global freshwater consumption.
2.7bn people live in areas that suffer severe water shortages for at least one month of the year.' UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation:9 May 2012 WWF Living Report pdf
Two out of every three persons on the globe may be living in water-stressed conditions by the year 2025, if present global consumption patterns continue.' (World Health Organisation) 'It requires some 2,500 gallons(9,463.5 liters) of freshwater to produce just one pound (454 grams) of beef [634 gallons of water to produce one hamburger] and the average United States citizen consumes 250 to 300 pounds of meat each yearIt takes about 300 gallons of water per day to produce food for a vegan, and more than 4,000 gallons of water per day to produce food for an animal-eater.


'From 1971 to 2010, worldwide production of meat tripled to around 600 billion pounds while global population grew by just 81 percent (US Census Bureau, International Data Base). At this rate, production will double by 2050 to approximately 1.2 trillion pounds of meat per year, requiring more water, land, fuel, pesticides and fertilizer and causing significant damage to the planet and global health' (EWG)

Animal agriculture contributes to more greenhouse emissions, deforestation and pollution than all transport combined. It uses more resources (water, crops, land) than any any industry. These figures are increasing with demand. World Health Organisation lists Climate Change as one of the Priority Health Risks. Climate Change, 'including more extreme weather events, changed patterns of disease and effects on agricultural production', is estimated to cause over 150 000 deaths annually (WHO) The 'FAO estimates that animal agriculture generates nearly a fifth (18%) of the world’s greenhouse gases –more than all transportation combined'
      Greenhouse gases have risen to their highest level since modern humans evolved, (CSIRO al in 800,000 years.
    Deforestation affecting Biodiversity:
  • Current rate of species extinction due to destruction of tropical rainforests for meat grazing and other uses:1,000 per year ("Diet For A New America" by John Robbins). Or 150-200 species per day. (2010)
  • 'Plant and animal species also fall to extinction every single day, mainly because of deforestation, 80% of which, is caused by human employed animal agriculture, not global civil development(8% of all planetary deforestation).
  • Considering that we have identified only half of the species of life on Earth, this tells us that significantly more are surely succumbing to extinction, daily.' ( Plus the figure is rising.
  • 'More than one third of the world's 825 "ecoregions" identified by conservation group WWF are threatened by livestock. US group Conservation International: 23 out of 40-odd global "biodiversity hotspots" – the places considered most valuable for life – are now seriously affected by livestock production.' (Greenpeace). 
Wholefoods and making your own food will also reduce plastic consumption. The amount of plastic we dispose of kills endangered sea turtles (documentary) and the Plastic Trash Island Disaster (documentary). 9 May 2012 - Plastic has increased 100-fold in 40 years with adverse effects on ecosystems.