It was bats. Or pangolins. To hear common narratives about the origins of Covid-19, there is a simple causal relationship between China’s consumption of wild animals and the coronavirus ravaging the globe.
Patrick Brown is on a mission: to eradicate the meat and fish industries by 2035. The CEO of Impossible Foods, a California-based company that makes genetically engineered plant-based meat, is deadly serious. No more commercial livestock farming or fishing. No more steak, fish and chips or roast dinners, at least not as you know them.
Forests covering an area nearly twice the size of the UK were destroyed across global hotspots in just 13 years, a report from wildlife charity WWF has found. Much of the destruction was driven by demand for land for livestock and to grow crops such as soy, which is used in animal feed in the UK.
Japan imported 190,802,000 tons of soybean meal (soybean meal) from Brazil in 2017 and 357,215,000 tons in 2018 * 12. It becomes feed. Furthermore, considering that Japan imports about half of chicken from overseas (especially Brazil), there is no doubt that indirect consumption of soybeans in Japan = consumption of livestock products is also accelerating this deforestation.
A powerful coalition of the UK’s health professions says the climate crisis cannot be solved without action to cut the consumption of food that causes high emissions, such as red meat and dairy products. But it says that more sustainable diets are also healthier and would reduce illness.
Some of the world’s best footballers have been associated with a vegan diet during the playing season: Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Manchester City’s Sergio Agüero to name just two. Other players, such as striker Jermaine Defoe and midfielder Chloe Arthur, have tried following a vegan diet year round. But, what does the science tell us?
Decades of industrial farming have taken a heavy toll on the environment and raised some serious concerns about the future of food production. “Efficient farming is not just a matter of production,” says James Lomax, a United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Programme Manager. “It is also about environmental sustainability, public health and economic inclusivity.”
When everyone on the planet consumes steaks and dairy products like Brazilians and Americans, it is necessary to report that the Earth needs five more in order to reach the goal of global warming countermeasures. The book was published on the 16th. This is the first report comparing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from food consumption in 20 countries and regions (G20).
The emissions from livestock farming amount to about 65 teragrams (Tg) of nitrogen a year. That means meat and dairy production alone breaches the lower limit of the 62 to 82 Tg a year considered to be the “planetary boundary” for nitrogen emissions, or the safe global level beyond which humanity’s future prosperity is endangered. Nitrous oxide, for example, is exacerbating global warming.
Whether you are concerned about your health, the environment or animal welfare, scientific evidence is piling up that meat-free diets are best. Millions of people in wealthy nations are already cutting back on animal products.