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.
“Industrial meat production is not only responsible for precarious working conditions, it also pushes people off their land, leads to deforestation, biodiversity loss and the use of pesticides — and is also one of the main drivers of the climate crisis.”
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.
The cost of the climate damage caused by organic meat production is just as high as that of conventionally farmed meat, according to research.
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.
Our diets and agricultural production around the world are so carbon-intensive that emissions from the global food system alone would be enough to put the Paris climate goals out of reach, even if all the other major sources of emissions were closed down, research has shown.
U.S. farms cost the economy more in health and environmental damage than they contribute to the economy, according to a recent study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of the Sciences (PNAS).
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?
For health. For animals. For Mother Earth. Many people became vegan after reading “Eating Animal: The Challenges of American Factory Livestock.”
There is a fundamental and often-overlooked connection between pandemics such as the current Covid-19 crisis and our animal-based food system, said a major new report published recently.
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.
New Zealand has implemented a new climate change curriculum in schools that advises learners to avoid consuming dairy and meat.
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.
It is these very conditions that facilitate the emergence of new infectious diseases and that also inflict horrific harms on animals — being kept in confined conditions and then butchered. Simply put, the coronavirus pandemic is a result of our gross maltreatment of animals.