Prepare to be amazed, Green Monsters. The video below, which shows a British farmer’s son, Edward King, sharing a poem he wrote about his thoughts on our urgent need to be more compassionate toward animals, is sure to take your breath away.

King started writing poems and songs over forty years ago, inspired by his childhood on a meat and dairy farm. Like most children, he felt a deep connection to the animals his family raised and couldn’t understand why the pain and suffering they endured was necessary. On his website, King said, “Every time those trusting animals had their calves taken from them (so that we could sell their milk), and every time they were sent to the slaughter house (so that people could eat their flesh), my whole spirit cried out: ‘why did God make a world where this has to happen?'”

Over the years, King has channeled is love for animals into his art, check out a clip from one of his poems below:

 

 

“Since then, the breeding and killing of farm animals has reached a level more than a thousand times greater than all human warfare combined,” King added. “Even worse, we now feed more than half of all the planet’s grain to these artificially bred animals, which now makes animal farming the primary cause of world hunger – not my words, but those of the World Health Organization.”

He certainly has a point in saying this. The animal agriculture industry occupies around 45 percent of the Earth’s total land area, while 33 percent of the world’s arable land is used to grow livestock feed – despite the fact that 850 million people continue to suffer from food scarcity.

The good news is that you join King on his mission to raise awareness for the absurdity of our current food system and make a difference. As the leading organization at the forefront of the conscious consumerism movement, it is One Green Planet’s view that our food choices have the power to heal our broken food system, give species a fighting chance for survival, and pave the way for a truly sustainable future.

By choosing to eat more plant-based foods, you can help work toward a future that is better for animals and humans alike, while ensuring that our food system will be capable of supporting the planet’s growing population.

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