One of the most effective things we can do to lower our carbon footprint is to avoid all animal products.
The production of meat and other animal products places a heavy burden on the environment – from crops and water required to feed the animals, to the transport and other processes involved.
The vast amount of grain feed required for meat production is a significant contributor to deforestation, habitat loss and species extinction – in Brazil alone, the equivalent of 5.6 million acres of land is used to grow soya beans to feed farmed animals in Europe.
Considerably lower quantities of crops and water are required to sustain a vegan diet. We have a lot of power when making our everyday choices – and switching to living vegan is one of the easiest and most effective ways to reduce our impact on the environment.
Meat and dairy production emit more nitrogen than Earth can cope with
New Research Says Plant-based Diet Best for Planet and People
Dutch cow poo overload causes an environmental stink
New estimates of the environmental cost of food
Diet and the environment: does what you eat matter?
Climate change food calculator: What's your diet's carbon footprint?