As the world’s population increases, future biocapacity will depend on our lifestyle choices, our ability to consume responsibly and to increase agricultural sustainability and productivity. Eating less animal protein can take the pressure off forests but requires a shift in consumption patterns. Share WHY you think a diet shift is important and HOW it can be implemented and encouraged.
To get back within the planet’s sustainable limits, individuals, businesses and governments need to assess and reduce their ecological footprints. In particular, the way the richest proportion of the global population lives will have to change. This does not mean forgoing all the little luxuries of life, but some will become more expensive and others less available. We need a change in global policy and economic incentives that drive food consumption patterns, which allow many to go hungry while others consume to excess.
In particular, the amount of meat and dairy products that affluent people consume will have to change. Compared to plant-based foods, meat and dairy generally require more land for grazing or feed production to produce the same amount of calories or protein. Over-grazing leads to land degradation and consequent greenhouse gas emissions and livestock, particularly cattle, contribute to climate change through methane emissions. Reining in food waste is also critical.
"Compared to plant-based foods, meat and dairy generally require more land for grazing or feed production to produce the same amount of calories or protein."
Forget about generally. Absolutely, exponentially. When you eat meat, you are climate change. #cowspiracy.
Marco Boscolo 24-Mar-2016 16:58 GMT
It is hard to imagine a solution that is at the same time good for your health, good for the planet, good for the hungry, good for forests and good for animals (yes, some people, including my kids, care about them too!). And it requires NO investments or big initiatives. You can do it now.
Emmanuelle Neyroumande 21-Mar-2016 09:50 GMT
Reducing meat consumption: an easy way to have better health, share limited ressources and reduce pressure on ecosystems. No need for complex international agreements, law implementation, investments...etc. THE quick solution all should thrive to use.
Ilze Saunders 15-Mar-2016 13:13 GMT
Support meat-free Monday; plant vegtable gardens for food security; tree plantings; waste-management; recycling; energy-efficient projects.
Olivia Yaskovitch 15-Mar-2016 13:13 GMT
Slowly I am transitioning to a raw vegan diet starting by cutting meat from my diet.