Have a very veggie New Year.....

The hype is over for another year! The time of resolutions looms...

 

Make it a revolutionary resolution, for planet and people, and try a vegetarian January in 2017!  

 

I PROMISE it can still be a happy new year.

At Christmas time, the UK spends £26 billion on food and drink, gifts, decorations and cards....

...and waste soars to all time highs as £2.4 billion is frittered away on uneaten, discarded food and unwanted gifts.

It is estimated that a single Christmas dinner has a carbon footprint of roughly 20kg and Christmas time accounts for the equivalent of 5.5% of the UK's annual carbon emissions. Over 10 million turkeys are eaten for dinner, and all the extra food means people can gain an average of 2kgs. 

On a beautiful planet of finite resources, our festive days are numbered. Because this year, the Arctic suffered lowest sea ice coverage ever, and shocking heat waves of over 20 degrees celcius hotter than normal. It's time to talk turkey....

 

Cutting meat out of your diet is the most effective, quickest, easiest way to lower your impact on the environment. 

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A meat eater typically causes 7.2kg of carbon dioxide a day, whereas a delicious vegetarian diet produces only 3.8kg a day.

Pay back the planet for this year's fantastic festive period and 

go veggie

go veggie

I. stop Animal crulety

Every year in the UK we eat 

  • 9.8 million pigs,

  • nearly 15 million sheep,

  • 18 million turkeys,

  • 14 million ducks,

  • over 945 million chickens 

  • and 2.6 million cattle.

 

Add the 4.5 billion fish and 2.6 billion shellfish to that and we reach a total of

over 8 billion animals killed in the UK each year.

 

This equates to around 22 million animals slaughtered every day; 919,000 an hour; 15,000 per minute and 255 every second.

 

Between 2009 to 2014, lobby group Animal Aid secreltyfilmed inside 10 abbertoirs in the UK, 9 of which were commiting horrific, law-breaking slaughter practices. The video is deeply shocking, but true. 

II. Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

The lack of clarity on the exact carbon emissions from livestock epitomises the uniquely far-reaching and diverse effect of the issue, and its destructive impacts on so many different elements of nature.

 

The UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) estimates that over 15% of global greenhouse gas emissions come from keeping livestock. Films like Cowspiracy convincingly argue the amount to be 51% whilst WWF estimate it is around 30%.

 

When you look beyond the digestive methane emissions from cows themselves, and begin to take into account industry and transportation, deforestation, land use, growing crops for food, manure, water pollution, slash and burn clearing techniques, forest fires, peat land burning and all the other terrible spin offs that come from keeping livestock - the effect is unfathomable.

 

While reducing waste, recycling, cycling to work is a great way to cut down on emissions, nothing compares to the impact that can be made with a vegetarian diet.

 

 

 
 
 

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why turn veggie?

Eating animals is just massively wasteful. Feeding them nearly three quarters of global grain during widespread drought and famine is mental. It's now unequivocal that a vegetarian diet prevents wasteful practices, reduces pollution, is better for your health and constitutes a more sustainable community for the fuure. 

 

Not to mention, the inequality gap between developed and developing worlds is exasperated by the meat industry that grabs land from indigenous communities to grow vast amounts of crops to feed ludicrous amounts of livestock. Switching to a veggie diet would save space, time, resources, money, food and lives creating a more egalitarian and sustainable world for all. 

 

 

 

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IV. health impacts

protein

Seven football fields’ worth of land is bulldozed every minute to create more room for farmed animals and the crops that feed them.

 

Raising animals for food creates the largest demand for space that humans have ever forced upon the Earth. Not only do animals need somewhere to live and graze, they also need a phenomenal amount of land on which to grow feed crops.  

 

To accommodate this huge market, developing countries mostly are haphazardly slashing through the amazon, burning away vegetation, creating plumes of ruinous greenhouse gases for 

homogenised crops to feed cattle. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

of the Earth’s

      surface is 

           used for 

              livestock

1.5 acres can produce 170 kg of meat.

1.5 acres can alternatively produce 16,700 kg of plant based foods 

 
 
 
 

We have more than enough food and resources to feed eveyone no the planet, yet there are over 820 million malnourished people living in developing countries. The need for land to raise animals is causing massive amounts of deforestation and the mass displacement of indigenous people around the planet.

 

Plus, climate chage is being exasperated by our voracious need for meat. Droughts, rising water levels, the planting and felling of forests and natural disasters all threaten these vulnerable communities.

 

Of the 443,000 people killed and 2.5 billion affected by weather-related incidents in the last 10 years, more than 98 per cent of them came from developing countries. Refugees are created by wars, and wars are often motivated by resource shortage, both of these things will be exasperated by our continuing to turn a blind eye to the fact that simply changing our diets could change the world. 

V. Save & protect Water

While skipping showers is one way to conserve water, the very best way is by going vegetarian. Many people in the world exist on 10 litres of water or less a day - approximately the almost one toilet flush.

 

Estimates suggest up to 30% of water is used on livestock farming to make meat, and in addition farmed animals produce 130 times more excrement than the human population, so the world's 1.4 billion cows cause further pollution to these precious waterways from farm run off. 

 

Carnivorous diets cost around 18,200 litres of water a day to produce, compared with 5,450 litres for a vegetarian.

 

One person can save as much as 162, 486 litres of water a year by giving up meat, enough for 450 people.

III. free the land

VI. protect human rights

The World Health Organisation class processed meat as a group 1 carcinogen - the same as asbestos, alcohol, arsenic and tobacco. This includes anything that has been through salting, curing, fermentation, smoking, or other processes to ensure preservation or enhance flavour. Examples of processed meat include sausages, hot dogs, ham, corned beef, biltong, beef jerky as well as canned meat and meat-based preparations and sauces.

Cholesterol is only found in animal-derived foods. It clogs the arteries and restricts blood flow leading to coronary diseases like heart attack and failure, angina, stroke - serious health problems. 

 

People who consume animal-derived foods are also at increased risk for many other illnesses, including strokes, obesity, osteoporosis, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, multiple allergies, diabetes, and food poisoning. 

 

Well-planned plant-based diets are rich in protein, iron, calcium and other essential vitamins and minerals. The plant-based sources of these nutrients tend to be low in saturated fat, high in fibre and packed with antioxidants.

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