Biggest analysis to date reveals huge footprint of livestock – it provides just 18% of calories but takes up 83% of farmland
Avoiding meat and dairy products is the single biggest way to reduce your environmental impact on the planet, according to the scientists behind the most comprehensive analysis to date of the damage farming does to the planet.
The new research shows that without meat and dairy consumption, global farmland use could be reduced by more than 75% – an area equivalent to the US, China, European Union and Australia combined – and still feed the world. Loss of wild areas to agriculture is the leading cause of the current mass extinction of wildlife.
The new analysis shows that while meat and dairy provide just 18% of calories and 37% of protein, it uses the vast majority – 83% – of farmland and produces 60% of agriculture’s greenhouse gas emissions. Other recent research shows 86% of all land mammals are now livestock or humans. The scientists also found that even the very lowest impact meat and dairy products still cause much more environmental harm than the least sustainable vegetable and cereal growing.
The Animal Ethics Project would like to wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving! We know that you will be thinking of Turkeys so we would like to acknowledge the important work of organizations such as Canadians for Ethical Treatment of Farmed Animals (CETFA) http://cetfa.org/. Here is what they have to say about the lives of farmed turkeys in Canada:
In 2012, Canadians consumed 142.0 million kg of turkey.
Modern turkeys have been genetically selected for high growth rate, and they are now only 3-4 months old when slaughtered. But because their bone structure has not been able to adapt to their massive bodies, painful and crippling leg disorders are common in the birds.
Most of the birds undergo elective surgeries without anaesthetics or analgesics. Young turkeys often have the ends of their toes cut or microwaved off (although we’ve seen entire digits missing). The males may have their snoods cut off with a regular pair of scissors; and all have partial beak amputation.
Debeaking has been shown to be incredibly painful as turkey’s beaks contain more nerve endings than our finger tips. The debeaked birds suffer phantom pain and some develop tumours of the beak as the nerve endings attempt to regenerate. Many countries now recognizing the cruelty of such practices and have banned the practice of debeaking.
Among the major issues we face in the modern day are climate change, dwindling natural resources, global health epidemics, and the inhumane treatment of animals. What do all of these problems have in common? Each one is intrinsically linked to and largely driven by our global society’s dependence on animal-sourced protein.
As developing nations have gained wealth and worldwide demand for meat and dairy has subsequently risen, the animal agriculture industry has mastered the art of producing animal products en masse in the cheapest, most “efficient” way possible.
As a direct result, the environment, our resources, and all life on Earth are now in grave danger. In fact, our obsession with cheeseburgers and chicken wings has gotten us into such a disastrous situation that the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) recently labeled meat as “the world’s most urgent problem.” And this is not an exaggeration, unfortunately.
Forest Green Rovers has been named the “greenest football club in the world”.
The League Two side is one of only 15 organisations from around the world to win a United Nations (UN) “Momentum for Change” climate action award.
The club’s ground in Nailsworth, Gloucestershire, is powered by renewable energy and serves vegan food to players, staff and fans.
In July, it became the world’s first UN certified carbon-neutral football club.
Rovers were recognised after signing up for a UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) initiative called “Climate Neutral Now” for the current season.
Just months after Mercy For Animals and the Ban Death Nets coalition released shocking undercover footage exposing the commercial driftnet fishing industry, California lawmakers passed Senate bill 1017 to phase out the use of the nets in the state.
Authored by Senator Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica), along with over 15 co-authors, the bill is set to phase out the use of swordfish driftnets over a four-year period after the creation of a transition program, funded through public-private partnerships, to assist fishers who will be required to stop using the nets.
The bill passed nearly unanimously in both the state senate and assembly. Governor Brown has until September 30 to sign this historic legislation into law.
New Zealand is turning the tide on the production and use of plastic to help clean up the oceans.
Associate environment minister Eugenie Sage yesterday signed the United Nations’ CleanSeas campaign pledge, making New Zealand the 42nd country to do so after the campaign’s launch in February last year.
The pledge requires signatories to significantly reduce the production and use of non-recyclable and single-use plastic by 2022.
A pair of emperor penguins managed to take a selfie video after an explorer, Eddie Vault, left his camera unattended at the Auster rookery. The rookery is on sea-ice and is sheltered by grounded icebergs about 5km east of Auster islands and about 51km east-north-east of Mawson station in Antarctica.
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