Save the World !
Awareness is growing about things we can do to reduce our impact on the environment; from flying and driving less, to recycling and using energy-efficient appliances. One of the most effective ways we can reduce our carbon footprint is to be energy-efficient eaters. If we change our diets we can change the world!
Farmed animals (including dairy cattle and laying hens) consume land, water and resources. They eat pesticide-soaked fodder, produce polluting slurry, consume chemicals and drugs produced at environmental cost and generate greenhouse gases.
Eat well, save the world:
- Cut down on meat and dairy
- Eat locally grown foods
- Reduce food waste
- Recycle any leftovers
By going meat free for at least one day a week, you distance yourself from rainforest destruction, desertification, water pollution and billions of tonnes of greenhouse gases, as well as helping to preserve ecosystems, habitats and millions of wild animals who are displaced as a result of slash and burn policies.
Cutting down on dairy is a great step towards energy efficient eating. Not only will it reduce the CO2 produced by cows and the industrial milk production process, but drinking milk substitutes can actually have a positive effect.
Loss of biodiversity
It is estimated that at least half of the world’s species live in the rainforests. The vast scale of deforestation means that thousands of species, possibly millions, are losing their habitat at an accelerating rate. The richly abundant and often unique flora and fauna of forests all over the world are disappearing. Every hour, a further three plant or animal species become extinct.
Many rainforest plants have valuable medicinal properties and contain cures for diseases. They are used to treat cancer, strokes, heart disease and many other illnesses. By wiping out the rainforests we are potentially destroying an abundant supply of yet undiscovered drugs; many of the species being destroyed are unknown to humankind.
The population of the world is rising, and despite the rich diversity of foods found all over the globe many people starve to death every day. Incredibly, 80% of the world’s hungry children live in countries with food surpluses which are fed to animals for consumption by more affluent societies around the world.
For a full list of sources and further information, visit our environment reference section.