“Animal agriculture is choking the #Earth, and the longer we turn a blind eye, the more we limit our ability to nourish ourselves, protect waterways and habitats, and pursue other uses of our precious natural resources.
Raising livestock for #meat, #eggs and #milk generates 14.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions, the second highest source of emissions and greater than all transportation combined. It also uses about 70% of agricultural land, and is one of the leading causes of deforestation, biodiversity loss, and water pollution.
On top of this, eating too much meat and dairy is making us #sick, greatly increasing our risk of #heartdisease, type 2 #diabetes, several major #cancer’s (including breast, liver and prostate) and obesity. Diets optimal for human #health vary, according to Yale University Prevention Research Center, “but all of them are made up mostly of whole, wholesome plant foods”. So what gives? Why can’t we see the forest for the #bacon?
The #truth can be hard to swallow: that we simply need less meat and dairy and more #plantbased options in our food system if we’re to reach our climate goals.
To create change at the scale needed, this will take more than individual choice – we need to get climate leaders on board about the impact of #food. Cities and counties have used their buying power to transition fleets from diesel to electric, and we need to do the same with how we purchase food.
In the same breath that we discuss fossil fuels, we should be talking animal agriculture or we’re missing a big part of the problem – and a big part of the solution”. #buddha #health #disease #standuptocancer #savetheplanet #eatfortheplanet #vegan #climatechange #globalwarming #meatfree #meateater #plantpowered #healthyfood #healthyrecipes #breakfast #lunch #dinner