Look around for long enough, and you can convince yourself that just about everything in the world is out to get you. You can convince yourself that you are doing a lot wrong, too. From the way that we eat to how we party, it’s super-simple to find yourself always looking at the way you live and wishing it could be a touch less destructive.
While these moments of self-abuse are quite common, often we blow the problem out of proportion and make ourselves feel worse than we need to.
Given that over 570 million farms exist, though, one thing we do need to be honest about with regards to its destructive nature is how we eat. If you are serious about reducing your impact on the world and the environment, then science has one simple solution for you: stop eating so much meat and dairy products.
Now, I know; cheese is tremendous as are burgers. However, if you are someone who frets about the impact that you make on the wider environment, then it pays to consider going down the vegan route.
According to University of Oxford research lead, Joseph Poore, vegan is the diet with the least environmental destruction, saying: “A vegan diet is probably the single biggest way to reduce your impact on planet Earth, not just greenhouse gases, but global acidification, eutrophication, land use and water use,”
A Compelling Argument
By analyzing over 40,000 farms across 100 different nations, it was found that these same farms produce around 90% of the food eaten. If we could stop eating so much meat and dairy – or stop altogether – then research claims that we could reduce farmland by around 75%. This would still give us enough opportunity to feed everyone, too, apparently.
In fact, it was also found that even the most sustainable of animal products are still far more impactful on the world at large when compared to, say, fruit and veg. Livestock takes up just under one-fifth of worldwide caloric intake (18%) but makes up for just more than four-fifths of our farmland (83%).
That’s pretty damn, and should be a simple enough reason to want to make a major change to the way that you look at your diet. If you are someone who always wants to make the environment healthier, then you might need to make some pretty serious concessions with regards to what, and when, you eat.
With the fact that livestock produces such a huge amount of greenhouse gases, too, it’s easy to see why we need to look at changing the way we go about cultivating our feed. From methane production even through sustainable freshwater fishing methods to the massive development of farmland, we need to try and do something to reverse the trend before it all gets out of hand.
If you are someone who cares about the planet enough to change your diet, though, it may be time to put an end to the steak and the cheese.
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