Save the Planet: Step 3. Switch to plant-based diet, or at the very least stop eating red meat. As an American or those from developed countries, small changes can make a huge difference. The highest total of livestock-related greenhouse-gas emissions comes from the developing world, which accounts for 75% of the global emissions from cattle and other ruminants and 56% of the global emissions from poultry and pigs. There may be no other single human activity that has a bigger impact on the planet than the raising of livestock. Some 40% of the world’s land surface is used for the purposes of keeping all 7 billion of us fed — albeit some of us, of course, more than others. Of the 95 million tons of beef produced in the world in 2000, the vast majority came from cattle in Latin America, Europe and North America. Meat production is the single largest reason for rainforest destruction. Global transition toward low-meat diets could reduce the costs of climate change mitigation by as much as 50 percent by 2050. At the very least, stop eating red meat. Why? The most climate-friendly meats comes from pigs and poultry, which account for only 10% of total livestock greenhouse-gas emissions while contributing more than three times as much meat globally as cattle. Pork and poultry are also more efficient for feed, requiring up to five times less feed to produce a kg of protein than a cow, a sheep or a goat.
Other reasons to switch to a planet-based diet: 1) healthier and longer-lived lives, 2) conserve precious water, 3) cut your carbon footprint, 4) save precious wildlife habitats, 5) reduce water pollution from agricultural run-off, and 6) cleaner air from reduced emissions from livestock.
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People Still Don't Get the Link between Meat Consumption and Climate Change. http://bit.ly/2h8qTlY
Why Farmers Can Prevent Global Warming Just As Well As Vegetarians. http://n.pr/2ipbnTs
5 Ways Eating More Plant-Based Foods Benefits the Environment. http://bit.ly/2iMer8L