The following article was
written by Ashley Palmer.
can what we eat help the planet? Or rather, how can what we eat hurt the planet?
A recent U.N. report concluded that a
global shift toward a vegan
necessary to combat the worst effects of climate change. Climate change is caused mostly by carbon
dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide. Raising animals for food is one of the
largest sources of carbon-dioxide emissions and the single largest source of
both methane and nitrous-oxide emissions.
The U.N. also reported that raising
animals for food (including land used for grazing and to grow feed crops) now uses a staggering 30 percent of the
Earth's total land mass. While factory farms
are ruining our land, commercial fishing methods such as bottom trawling and
long-lining have virtually emptied
millions of square miles of ocean and pushed many marine species to the brink
of extinction. Commercial fishing boats indiscriminately pull as many fish
as they can out of the sea, leaving behind ecological devastation and the
bodies of nontarget animals in their wake.
Nearly half of all the water used in the United States goes to raising
animals for food. With watering the crops that farmed animals eat,
providing drinking water for billions of animals each year, and cleaning away
the filth from factory farms, transport trucks, and slaughterhouses, the farmed-animal
industry places a serious strain on our water supply.
Simply put, going
the easiest and most effective way for you to help the planet.
you're not ready to dive headfirst into veganism, consider going meatless one day a week.
vegan one day a week lowers your carbon footprint more than eating local every day
of the week! Browse our database filled with hundreds of free vegan recipes to get started.
How do you plan to help the planet beyond Earth Day?
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