Choosing to eat a plant-based diet can help save the world! From combating climate change to more efficiently using the world’s resources, eating plant-based can be a huge part in fighting against the world’s ills.
Fight Climate Change: There is a way to have a truly significant impact on climate change without needing to rely on politicians or corporations. Animal agriculture is responsible for 18% of greenhouse emissions (more than all transportation exhaust) and emissions are projected to increase by 80% by 2050. The world’s farmed cows alone create 150 billion gallons of methane each day which has 86x the global warming potential of CO2.
But these grim figures do not have to continue in this direction. One person following a plant-based diet reduces carbon dioxide emissions by a whopping 50% and significantly reduces their indirect use of oil, water, and land. (Source: Cowspiracy)
Feed the World: It may be a surprise to know that we produce enough food to feed the current world’s population twice over. So where is it going? The answer is just another reason to consider a plant-based diet. In 2011, over 2.5 billion tons of grain was harvested. 50% of that grain was fed directly to animals in the meat and dairy industries.
This inefficient use of grain is killing human beings who are not valued by the systems that profit off of animal agriculture. In fact, the countries where the most children are dying of starvation are where grain is grown to feed animals, who are then eaten by people in ‘wealthier’ countries. (Source: Dr. Richard Oppenlander)
Ways to Help Locally: There are more ways to help than just eating plant-based yourself.
- You can help others access nutritious, fresh produce by working to eliminate “food deserts.” Food deserts are geographic areas where the local community does not have access to healthy, plant-based foods (like fresh fruit and vegetables) because there are no grocery stores within a reasonable traveling distance. The significant benefits to eating plant-based can become available to more people if access to plant-based food is more readily available to all communities. (Source: Food Empowerment Project)
- You can make plant-based food even better by buying local produce, learning more about the work of harvesting food, learning where international foods are sourced, and how you can help change policy to improve the lives of food workers locally and around the world.
- You can help others eat plant-based just by being yourself! Invite family over for a delicious plant-based meal, go out with friends and have a great time eating vegan at restaurants and bars, be ready with basic information if someone asks about plant-based eating, etc.
Join the millions of other people who are saying “I’m IN!” to creating a better world for people, animals, and the environment.
The “long shadow” of animal agriculture affects so many issues in the world, from global warming, to pollution, to rain forest destruction.
Eating plant-based is the most effective way to combat climate change as an individual.