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Meat Free for the Planet

Scientists across the world agree that the world urgently needs to reduce its carbon emissions to avoid climate crisis, and animal agriculture is one of the leading causes of greenhouse gases.


Photo: Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations

Did you know that changing our diets is the single easiest thing we can do as individuals to reduce our carbon footprint?


Meat consumption is directly linked not only to climate change but human labour exploitation and abuse, deforestation and disease, to say nothing of animal abuse and suffering.


Scientists across the world agree that the world urgently needs to reduce its carbon emissions to avoid climate crisis, and animal agriculture is one of the leading causes of greenhouse gases. According to a recent Johns Hopkins Centre for a Liveable Future report on the connection between diet, people and planet, if global trends in meat and dairy intake continue, global mean temperature rise will more than likely exceed 2 degrees Celsius even with dramatic emissions reductions across non-agricultural sectors.


The livestock sector is also the world’s largest user of agricultural land, through grazing and the use of feed crops. And it also plays a major role in management of land, water and biodiversity. These resources are becoming scarcer and are increasingly threatened by degradation and climate change.


Clearly, an alternative model to the current system of farming is needed if we are to have sustainable food system.


Here's a look at why you should ditch meat for the planet.


“It will be impossible to defuse the ticking time bomb without reducing our consumption of animal products” - Jonathan Safran Foer