Tuesday, June 15, 2010

UN Report Favors Vegan Diet for Sustainable Planet

The rallying cry "Real Environmentalists Don't Eat Meat" couldn't be truer. In fact, we can now add dairy to the adage since a new United Nations report found that the use of animal products, both meat and dairy, require more of the Earth's resources and cause more greenhouse gas emissions than plant-based alternatives.

According to the report, Assessing the Environmental Impacts of Consumption and Production, "a substantial reduction of impacts would only be possible with a substantial worldwide diet change, away from animal products." The report also states that "more than half of the world’s crops are used to feed animals, not people."

This latest report follows the UN's 2006 report entitled Livestock's Long Shadow, which initially brought to light the impact that raising animals for food has on environmental problems. The report garnered lots of attention for stating that animal agriculture accounts for more greenhouse gas emissions (18%) than all the world's transportation combined. A World Watch report just three years later determined that animals and their byproducts actually account for a whopping 51 percent of annual greenhouse gas emissions.

For some time now, most vegetarians and vegans have recognized the decimating impact animal agriculture has upon our planet, while many so-called environmentalists seem less inclined to confirm the obvious link. (Al Gore comes to mind.) The devastating effects of animal products on the environment is an inconvenient truth that can no longer be ignored.

A switch to a vegan diet is vital in sustaining our planet and feeding a population that is expected to grow by 50 percent by the year 2050, resulting in nine to ten billion mouths to feed.

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