Here is a link to a news item posted by Cher C: "Livestock Produces More Global Greenhouse Gases Than Our Global Transportation System ..."
I think that one of the key things that humanity should do, to help save the planet and help feed the hungry, is to eat less meat. Even if people cannot go vegetarian, we can still reduce the amount of meat we eat. At the same time, factory farms should probably be shut. I think that the world's remaining wilderness, endangered species and hungry humans could all be better off.
And perhaps we can help achieve this in the world!
Thanks for sharing this Monica. I noted the article I think yesterday. I agree. As a vegan, I never try to convince people to adopt my diet, however I do recommend your suggestions.
noted and signed, thanks
Noted. Can't sign it because I'm in Canada, though. I want to.
I was a vegetarian for around 10 years. I've recently gone back to eating fish (for weird vitamin reasons) but I am seriously considering starting to move towards being vegan. To me, it's the only sensible choice when you have all the facts. It just takes some time to build the knowledge to be able to do it properly.
I wonder, for those of us who know very little about how to go vegetarian, how much meat does a person like that really need to stay healthy? Rather less than the average westerner eats now, I think? I am thinking of a diet that anyone could adopt without effort, and stay healthy.
It would be interesting to work out what the meat consumption per person could be if all the CAFOs are closed - and how much this could help the planet, eg in reduced CO2 emissions; the amount of crops that could go to feed the hungry instead of being fed to livestock; etc.
Could we put up a case for closing CAFOs?
I see this all as part of living simply, and living more sustainably ... I think that we in the west don't really need all that meat and associated impacts.
I confess that as a vegan I am biased. I do think if you can at least reduce meat consumption it will have an effect. Less energy will be put out and you don't have as big a part in animals suffering. You can also get meat from humanely raised animals. Although they still die, they do not spend their lives in misery. As for ho much meat does one need the answer would be none. Although I am vegan that is the honest answer.
Noted, signed, shared. Thank you for bringing attention to a very easy solution to many problems caused by humans. The reduction of meat consumption would benefit everyBODY. The benefits would not be limited to a positive effect on our global environment, but would also, most selfishly, benefit each individual's risk of heart disease, etc.