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Eat less meat to save the planet – UN

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

The world needs to change to a more vegetarian diet to stand a chance of tackling climate change, according to a major new United Nations report.

The group of international scientists said the greatest cause of greenhouse gas emissions is food production and the use of fossil fuels.

But while the use of coal and oil could be gradually replaced by renewable energy sources like wind and solar, the world will always need to eat.

As the world population increases it is feared that the production of food will become the main cause of climate change and environmental degradation.

The International Panel of Sustainable Resource Management pointed out that agricultural production accounts for 70 per cent of global freshwater production, 38 per cent of land use and 19 per cent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.

The report, that will be presented to world governments, said the only way to feed the world while reducing climate change is to switch to more a more vegetarian diet.

“A substantial reduction of impacts would only be possible with a substantial worldwide diet change,” it read.

Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme, said ordinary consumers can help fight climate change by eating less meat.

“The Panel have reviewed all the available science and conclude that two broad areas are currently having a disproportionately high impact on people and the planet’s life support systems—these are energy in the form of fossil fuels and agriculture, especially the raising of livestock for meat and dairy products,” he said.

Mr Steiner said governments could encourage people to eat less meat by reforming the system of taxes and subsidies so vegetarian food is cheaper.

“Smart market mechanisms, more intelligent fiscal policies and creative policy-making are among the options for internalising the costs of unsustainable patterns. Some tough choices are signalled in this report, but it may prove even more challenging for everyone if the current paths continue into the coming decades,” he added.

Lord Stern of Brentford, the author of the influential Stern Review that first argued for economic measures to fight climate change, also believes the world needs to eat less meat.

He has already warned that the price of meat and other “carbon intensive” goods will need to go up to fight climate change.

Source: Eat less meat to save the planet – UN – The Telegraph UK

Date: 02 June 2010

Factory Farms, Deforestation, Subsidies and Soy: UK Campaign Connects the Dots

Sunday, November 8th, 2009

From Meatless Mondays to Weekday Vegetarianism to going raw food vegan to adopting the 100-Mile Diet, there are plenty of individual actions we can take to reduce the impact of our meals. But personal action is not enough, and with the complex, interrelated clusterf**k that our food system has become, individuals can feel powerless to make positive change on a systemic level. Luckily, a new campaign from Friends of the Earth UK is connecting the dots for you.

Having already brought us singing cows and politicians, the Fix the Food Chain campaign is stepping up its efforts for a fundamental shift in how the UK Government treats the food system. Among the campaign’s demands are:

1. Stop spending taxpayers’ money on subsidizing intensive livestock farming and invest in research on alternatives.

2. Introduce new legislation to ensure public money is not spent on environmentally damaging, unhealthy food for schools, hospitals, care homes, the armed
forces and prisons.

3. Address the climate change impacts of livestock production, including the worldwide impacts of the global food chain.

4. Change global investment policy and stop spending taxpayers’ money on finance for damaging intensive livestock schemes via the World Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and other forms of bilateral finance.

5. Fund research and development into sustainable farming, including suitable breeds, crop varieties and cropping systems.

6. Make UK companies, including supermarkets, accountable for the impact on people and the environment abroad.

7. Revise the Sustainable Consumption and Production Strategy so that it addresses
the full impacts of livestock production.

8. Review European Trade Policy and ensure greater priority is given to the environmental and social impacts of global trade.

Check out the summary of FOE’s report on the environmental impact of livestock (PDF download), and check out the organization’s campaign guidelines if you want to do more.

Source: Factory Farms, Deforestation, Subsidies and Soy: UK Campaign Connects the Dots – Tree Hugger

Date: 08 November 2009

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Reversing Meat-Eating Culture to Combat Climate Change

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Livestock Production and Shorter-Lived Climate Forcers

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Plant-Based Diets - A solution to our public health crisis

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Leaders Preserving Our Future - Insights Paper - WPF - November 2010

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Maintaining a Climate of Life - Summary Report

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Livestock's Climate Impact

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Livestock & Sustainable Food

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Reducing Shorter-Lived Climate Forcers Through Dietary Change

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The global cost of biodiversity loss: 14 trillion Euros? - EU Commission (2008)

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Forests, Fisheries, Agriculture: A Vision for Sustainability (2009)

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