One of the easiest things an individual consumer can do to reduce their environmental footprint is consume less meat and dairy. A plant based diet is generally healthier; it reduces the risk of heart disease, diabetes and some forms of cancer. There’s also the morality of factory farming and the inhumane treatment of animals.
Despite this being a forum that is solidly left leaning and seemingly concerned with climate change and the ethical treatment of beings, I seem to be one of the few plant based posters. I’m curious as to why? I’m aware that we are all hypocrites in many ways ( I could refuse to ever drive my car again to reduce emissions,) but transitioning to a plant based diet is incredibly easy and healthy. In a place with people searching for ways to make a difference at protests, unionizing, consuming, etc. why is there so little talk of diet?
“Biggest analysis to date reveals huge footprint of livestock - it provides just 18% of calories but takes up 83% of farmland
Damian Carrington Environment editor
Avoiding meat and dairy products is the single biggest way to reduce your environmental impact on the planet, according to the scientists behind the most comprehensive analysis to date of the damage farming does to the planet.
The new research shows that without meat and dairy consumption, global farmland use could be reduced by more than 75% – an area equivalent to the US, China, European Union and Australia combined – and still feed the world. Loss of wild areas to agriculture is the leading cause of the current mass extinction of wildlife.
The new analysis shows that while meat and dairy provide just 18% of calories and 37% of protein, it uses the vast majority – 83% – of farmland and produces 60% of agriculture’s greenhouse gas emissions. Other recent research shows 86% of all land mammals are now livestock or humans. The scientists also found that even the very lowest impact meat and dairy products still cause much more environmental harm than the least sustainable vegetable and cereal growing”