Since I started Food United, I always telling people, plant-based life style is not only good to you and your family, but also good to the environment and this planet, and people would ask me: How? Why? What can we do?
Here are some Environmental Facts from United Nations reports from the IPCC—the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
- Farming livestock – cattle, sheep, goats, pigs and chickens – contributes around 6 billion tonnes of greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide) to the atmosphere each year.
- Livestock farming generates about 18 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. This is more than all emissions from ships, planes, trucks, cars and all other transport combined. Greenhouse gas emissions aren't the only issue either.
- Meat and dairy, which provide only 18 per cent of our calories and 37 per cent of our protein, uses up over 80 per cent of the world’s farmland, the allocation of which is the leading cause of mass wildlife extinction.
- Alternatively, if we were to replace meat agriculture with plant agriculture of equivalent nourishment, we would be able to reduce about 75 per cent of global farmland while still feeding the world.
From the facts above, it's quite clear what the answer is for the questions above. By reducing meat consumption, you automatically helping saving the world, by reducing emission and its effect to the climate change.
However, as I also been asked so many times, how can we and our kids eat enough nutrients, if we don't or eat less meat?
In developed world, the problem is not about not having enough to eat, but how to choose the right food to eat.
Consuming too much refined carbohydrates (white sugar, bread), or saturated fat from meat, or trans fat from French fries and chips, without taking enough vegetables, fruits, legumes, or mushrooms, will lead to chronic disease, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, or Type II diabetes, and they may cause or promote cancer, as well.
We will talk about some best meat replacement in our next article, to help you eat well, live well.