Although I love hoomans, the fact is that they’re not the most subtle creatures on the planet. They take up more space than anybody else and they dictate what the rest of us do. It seems like everything people do has a massive impact on the planet – I mean, there are billions and billions of them and they all mostly like and do the same things … so it kind of figures that all that adds up. One of the HUGEST things that all people do that impacts the planets, though, is their eating habits.
Sure, I get having a nice snack every now and then … but humans LOVE their cheeseburgers, and steaks, and bacon. And all of that love for meat and dairy and other animal products equates to a massive strain on the environment. According to the smart people at the FAO, animal agriculture is responsible for 14.5 percent of global greenhouse gases – that’s more than all the emissions for cars, trains, and airplanes.
A new study from Chatham House, an international think-tank of smarties, came out pointing to the fact that the only way we can hope to curb climate change is to stop eating so much meat. Given the fact that meat production uses over 70 percent of the world’s water resources, around half of the planet’s land is dedicated to either growing animal food or grazing the animals themselves …
When I hear people ask things like “Can eating less meat reduce climate change?!” My reaction is like…
The Chatham House study went so far as to assert that if we don’t all make a concerted effort to but down on our meat consumption that it will be impossible to slow the progress of climate change. Seriously people, get with the program. You’re wasting precious natural resources and releasing more harmful chemicals into the environment than ever before … but still one in eight people go hungry.
But the good news is that truly sustainable food does exist and it is plant–based … and it’s pretty darn good too! If everyone in the U.S. alone made an effort to skip meat and dairy, there would be incredible benefits to the planet. Did you know that leaving meat off your plate can halve your carbon footprint? (In my case, pawprint?)
To learn more about how you can help save the planet by nomming on vegan donuts, check out One Green Planet’s #EatForThePlanet campaign!
Our everyday 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.
Join One Green Planet’s #EatForthePlanet movement.
How to Participate:
1. Choose a plant-based/vegan meal
3. Add #EatForThePlanet and @OneGreenPlanet in your update.
Let’s show the world how eating vegan/plant-based has never been easier or more delicious!