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1
Save Our Planet
2
urgency
WE ARE AT CRISIS POINT
  • If there is no action before 2012, it is too
    late. What we do now in the next 2-3 years will
    determine our future. This is the defining
    moment.
  • - Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, Chairman of IPCC
  • We are really running out of time, in fact this
    next year or two years are the critical time
    period.
  • - Dr. James Hansen, Director of NASAs Goddard
    Institute for Space Studies
  • We are so close to the red line, we may wake up
    tomorrow and discover there is nothing left to
    save.
  • - Maneka Gandhi, former Indian Environment
    Minister
  • We have a full-scale planetary emergency.
  • - Al Gore, former US Vice President

3
  • The Union of Concerned Scientists, some 1,700 of
    the worlds leading scientists, including the
    majority of Nobel laureates in the sciences
    issued this warning as far back as 1992
  •  WARNING
  • We the undersigned, senior members of the world's
    scientific community, hereby warn all humanity of
    what lies ahead. A great change in our
    stewardship of the Earth and the life on it is
    required, if vast human misery is to be avoided
    and our global home on this planet is not to be
    irretrievably mutilated.
  • The scientists issuing this warning hope that our
    message will reach and affect people everywhere.
    We need the help of many.
  • We call on all to join us in this task.
  • Source
  • 1992 World Scientists' Warning to Humanity.
    www.ucsusa.org .Union of Concerned Scientists.
  • Retrieved on 17-01-2009 http//tinyurl.com/5q
    ndft

4
Global Environmental Crisis
  • Unprecedented ice melts in the Arctic and
    Antarctic
  • Melting of many of the worlds glaciers
  • Submergence of 18 islands already around the
    world
  • 25 million environmental refugees in 2007 alone
  • Decimation of rainforests at 13.5 million
    hectares per annum
  • Species loss 1,000 to 10,000 times higher than
    the expected natural extinction rate
  • Ocean acidification and water pollution causing
    oceanic dead zones and affecting marine life and
    ecosystem
  • 80 of global fish stocks fully or over-exploited
  • Water scarcity and food insecurity
  • Atmospheric CO2 levels at 385 ppm steadily
    reaching 450 ppm catastrophic level
  • Exponential increase of Methane vs Carbon Dioxide
  • Frequency and intensity of natural disasters
    all over the world, including, droughts, floods
    and wildfires

5
Main Cause of Global Crisis
  • Many sectors contribute to Greenhouse Gases
    (GHGs), however
  • ONE SECTOR is the single largest source of two of
    the most significant GHGs methane and nitrous
    oxide
  • This sector is also our single largest user of
    land and water a major cause of deforestation,
    wide-scale land degradation and species loss and
    a major polluter of our rivers, oceans and
    drinking supplies it is ANIMAL AGRICULTURE

6
  • Livestocks contribution to environmental
    problems is on a massive scale and its potential
    contribution to their solution is equally large.
    The impact is so significant that it needs to be
    addressed with urgency.
  • - U.N. Food Agriculture Organization, 2006

7
the facts
  • Livestock Production
  • One of the biggest contributors to GHG Emissions

Livestock industry accounts for 80 of all GHG
emissions from agriculture. Livestock accounts
for 18 of global GHG emissions from human
activities more than the entire transport
sector globally.
  • Source
  • Livestocks Long Shadow Rome 2006 (PDF). Ch.
    7, P.272. Retrieved on 17-01-2009.
  • http//tinyurl.com/96csxh

8
livestock industry
Emissions The single largest source of methane
nitrous oxide
  • 37 of global methane emissions - 23x more
    potent than CO2 over 100 years - 68x more potent
    than CO2 over 20 years
  • 65 of global nitrous oxide emissions - 297x
    more potent than CO2
  • 64 of the worlds ammonia - contributing to
    acid rain - affecting biodiversity
  • 9 of total CO2 emissions

Source - Livestocks Long Shadow Rome 2006
(PDF). Ch. 3, P. 82, 112, 114. Retrieved on
17-01-2009. http//tinyurl.com/96csxh
9
Environmental Costs
Land Use
  • Livestock sector is by far the single largest
    anthropogenic user of land.
  • Feed crop production uses 33 of the global
    arable land.
  • Feedcrop production uses 471 hectares of land
    (33 of total arable land).
  • Livestock sector is a major cause of wide scale
    land degradation with 70 of all grazing land in
    dry areas considered to be degraded because of
    overgrazing, compaction and erosion.

livestock industry
  • Source Livestocks Long Shadow Rome 2006
    (PDF). Ch. 7, P. 270, 272. Retrieved on
    17-01-2009. http//tinyurl.com/96csxh

10
livestock industry
Environmental Costs
Water Pollution
  • Livestock industry is the largest sectoral source
    of water pollutants.
  • Animal wastes contribute to large oceanic dead
    zones, which extended to nearly 7,903 square
    miles in the Gulf of Mexico during Summer 2007.
  • More than 2 billion tons of animal manure was
    produced in the late 1990s allowing 100 million
    tons of nitrogen finding its way into our water
    systems.
  • Once pollutants, including nitrogen, phosphorus,
    antibiotics and pesticides, reach the waterways
    they cause a great deal of damage to aquatic and
    human life.
  • Source
  • Livestocks Long Shadow Rome 2006 (PDF).
    Retrieved on 17-01-2009. http//tinyurl.com/96csxh
  • NOAA and Louisiana Scientists Predict Largest
    Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone on Record This
    Summer.
  • www.noaanews.noaa.gov. Ben Sherman. Retrieved
    on 17-01-2009. http//tinyurl.com/5atfov

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A Major Cause of Deforestation
  • 70 of the Amazon deforestation is due to
    clearing land for pasture and a large part of the
    remainder for livestock feed crops.
  • By year 2010 cattle are projected to be grazing
    on some 24 million hectares of neotropical land
    that was forest in 2000.
  • If we lose the forests, we lose the fight
    against climate change. - Declaration signed by
    300 climate experts at the 2007 United Nations
    Climate Change conference in Bali.

livestock industry
  • Source
  • Livestocks Long Shadow Rome 2006 (PDF).
    Retrieved on 17-01-2009. http//tinyurl.com/96csxh
  • Livestocks Long Shadow Rome 2006 (PDF). Ch.
    5.3.1 P 188. Retrieved on 17-01-2009.
    http//tinyurl.com/96csxh

12
Effects of Deforestation
  • Deforestation causes 18-25 of global carbon
    emissions.
  • Deforestation affects rainfall and freshwater,
    soil productivity, clean air, forestry, and
    biodiversity resources.
  • Habitat destruction through deforestation is a
    major cause for loss of biodiversity.
  • Heavily deforested areas can see a 300 fold
    increase in the risk of malaria infection
    compared to areas of intact forest.
  • Tropical forests are critical to the survival of
    over a billion of the worlds poorest and most
    vulnerable people.
  • Deforestation and overgrazing are two causes of
    desertification. By 2020 about 135 Million
    people risk being driven from their lands because
    of continuing desertification.
  • Source
  • Global Canopy Programme Forests Now Declaration
    http//tinyurl.com/6fgnym, http//tinyurl.com/6hbq
    bx, http//tinyurl.com/6n73dj
  • State of the World's Forests 2007, UN Food and
    Agriculture Organization, Rome, 2007, Part 2,
    Selected Issues in the Forest sector
  • UNDP Human Development Report 2007/2008
    Fighting Climate Change Human Solidarity In A
    Divided World

13
Environmental Costs
Loss of Biodiversity
We are in an era of unprecedented threats to
biodiversity. Fifteen out of 24 important
ecosystem services are assessed to be in
decline. The sheer quantity of animals being
raised for human consumption is a threat to the
Earths biodiversity. -UN Food and
Agriculture Organization, 2006
livestock industry
  • Livestock take up 30 of the earths land surface
    which was once habitat for wildlife.
  • Tropical forests hold half of the worlds species
    which are becoming extinct at an alarming rate
    due to deforestation for meat production.
  • Species loss today is 1,000 to 10,000 times
    higher than the expected natural extinction rate.
  • Source
  • Livestocks Long Shadow, UN Food and Agriculture
    Organization, 2007 http//tinyurl.com/6bowo7
  • International Union for Conservation of Nature
    2007 http//cmsdata.iucn.org/downloads/species_ext
    inction_05_2007.pdf

14
Water Scarcity - The Facts
Environmental Costs
  • Over 1 billion people worldwide do not have
    access to clean water.
  • More than 2 billion people do not have proper
    sanitation.
  • By 2025 there will be 1.8 billion people living
    with absolute water scarcity and 2/3 of the
    worlds population could be living under water
    stressed conditions
  • On a global basis, the amount of fresh water
    available per person is falling rapidly.

livestock industry
Source -Livestocks Long Shadow, UN Food and
Agriculture Organization, 2006 -United Nations
Environment Programme (2002) Global
Environmental Outlook
15
livestock industry
Environmental Costs
Water Scarcity - Usage
Meat production, particularly the production of
feed, consumes large amounts of critically
important water resources. - U.N.
Food Agriculture Organization, 2006
  • Homes use 10 of all water
  • Industry uses 20
  • Agriculture uses 70 most of which is used by the
    livestock industry

Source - Livestocks Long Shadow, UN Food and
Agriculture Organization, 2006 http//tinyurl.com/
6bowo7 - Saving Water from Field to Fork, SIWI,
IWMI, Chalmers SEI, May 2008 http//tinyurl.com/
58padp
16
water scarcity
Environmental Costs
Does our choice of food matter?
  • Livestock sector is among the most damaging
    sectors to the Earths scarce water resources.
  • Producing 1 kilo of beef requires 13,000-100,000
    litres of water.
  • Producing 1 kilo of wheat requires 500-2000
    litres of water.
  • Water-intensive food items like meat and dairy
    products is placing increased stress on food
    production systems.
  • A diet containing less meat and dairy products is
    not only healthier than our current eating
    habits, but is better for the environment.

Source - Livestocks Long Shadow, UN Food and
Agriculture Organization, 2006 - Pimentel D and
Pimentel M 2003 Sustainability of Meat-Based and
Plant-Based Diets and the Environment, Am. J,
Clin. Nutr. 2003 78(suppl) 660S-3S.
http//www.ajcn.org/cgi/content/full/78/3/660S -
SIWI, IWMI, May 2008 Saving water from field to
Fork http//www.siwi.org/documents/Resources/Poli
cy_Briefs/PB_From_Filed_to_Fork_2008.pdf - Food
Matters, Cabinet Office, July 2008, p.15
17
Energy Use
Environmental Costs
Does our choice of food matter?
  • One calorie of animal protein requires more than
    10 times as much fossil fuel input as does one
    calorie of plant protein.
  • Producing 1 kg of beef leads to the emission of
    greenhouse gases with a global warming potential
    of 36.4 kg of CO2.
  • 1 kg of beef produces the same amount of CO2
    emitted by the average European car every 250 km,
    and burns enough energy to light an 100 watt bulb
    for 20 days.
  • Grain fed to animals reared for human consumption
    loses 90 of the energy form the original grain.

Source -Pimentel D and Pimentel M 2003
Sustainability of Meat-Based and Plant-Based
Diets and the Environment, http//www.ajcn.org/cg
i/content/full/78/3/660S -Animal Science Journal,
Evaluating environmental impacts of the Japanese
beef cow-calf system by the life cycle assessment
method, 2007. -Dr. David Archer, Professor of
Geophysical Sciences at University of Chicago
18
World Grain Supply
Our Choice Food or Feed
  • Global Grain Crop Production 2109 million tons
    (2007/08)
  • 36 to feed animals
  • 47 to feed people
  • 5 for grain-derived biofuels
  • 12 for other

Source -Crop Prospects and Food Situation, UN
Food and Agriculture Organization,
http//www.fao.org/docrep/010/ai465e/ai465e04.htm
(calculated from data therein)
19
World Hunger
Food or Feed?
  • Every 6 seconds, a child dies from hunger.
  • More than 1.02 billion people in the world go
    hungry every day.
  • Hunger and poverty claim 25,000 lives every day.
  • Whilst 760 million tons of grain are fed to
    animals every year.

the facts
  • Source
  • Livestocks Long Shadow, UN Food and Agriculture
    Organization, 2006
  • World Food Programme http//www.wfp.org/hunger/sta
    ts

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Overcoming World Hunger
  • 1 hectare of land produces
  • beef to support 1 person
  • lamb to support 2 people
  • rice to support 19 people
  • potatoes to support 22 people
  • With 1.02 billion people hungry in the world
    (more than the populations of USA, Canada, and
    the European Union), diverting the critically
    needed grain from cattle to humans would ensure
    that the worlds hungry get their share of food.
  • The 760 million tons of grain feeding animals now
    could cover the global food deficit 14 times
    over.
  • Source
  • - Diet, Nutrition and Prevention of Chronic
    Diseases, WHO/FAO 2003, (3.4, P 21)
  • UN FAO The State of Food Insecurity in the
    World, 2006
  • Photo Finbarr OReilly, Canada, Reuters, Mother
    child at emergency feeding center, Niger
  • George Monbiot, The Real Crisis is World
    Hunger, if you Care, Eat Less Meat, Guardian 15
    April 2008

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livestock industry
Future Outlook
Meat consumption is expected to double by 2050
  • Raising animals for food is a major cause of
    deforestation, land degradation, air pollution,
    water shortage, water pollution, loss of
    biodiversity and global warming and yet the
    global livestock sector is growing faster than
    any other agricultural sub-sector.
  • Dairy output is expected to more than double by
    2050.
  • EUs subsidies to the livestock industry was
    3,500,704,000 Euros in 2007, ensuring the
    industrys continuing growth.
  • Source
  • UN FAO, Livestocks Long Shadow, Rome 2006
  • The livestock industry and climate EU makes bad
    worse, Jens Holm Toivo Jokkala, Parliamentary
    Group (p. 17-18)

22
Status Quo ? Our Future
  • Following the unprecedented ice melt in Summer
    2007, the thickness of ice fell by nearly half a
    metre (19) in large parts of the Arctic in
    comparison to the previous five winters.
  • The Arctic ocean is predicted to be ice free by
    the end of summer of 2012, causing catastrophic
    climate change with increased severity and
    frequency. 
  • The most devastating effect of rising
    temperatures is the release of 400 billion tonnes
    of methane gas from the melting permafrost and
    the ocean seabed.
  • This ticking bomb once triggered will result in
    runaway global warming and there will be nothing
    humans can do to stop it.
  • Source
  • - Natural Environment Research Council,
    http//tinyurl.com/5jrpp2
  • Jay Zwally, NASA Scientist
  • Methane Burps, Ticking time Bomb, Energy
    Bulletin, 15 December 2004 http//www.energybullet
    in.net/node/3647
  • - Katey Walter, Nature 443 71-75, 7th Sept. 2006

23
  • At least 18 islands have been submerged around
    the world already.
  • Another 40 islands are at risk from rising sea
    levels, including the Maldives (369,000
    residents) whose president wants to relocate the
    whole island, the Soloman Islands (566,000
    residents) and Dubai (1.2 M residents).
  • The IPCC estimates sea level rise of .4 to 1.4
    meters due to thermal expansion alone. However,
    the water released from melting ice bodies
    increases this substantially.
  • Sea level rise will cause displacement of coastal
    populations. About half the world lives within
    50 miles of a coastline.
  • - James Hansen, Director of NASA GISS
  • Environmental deterioration currently displaces
    10 million people every year. 50 million
    environmental refugees are expected by 2010.
  • UNHCR statistics show 25 million people became
    environmental refugees in 2007.

Status Quo ? Our Future
  • Source
  • http//tinyurl.com/cvt26c
  • -http//tinyurl.com/al5scg
  • -http//tinyurl.com/p4ctuv

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Solution?
  • The fastest way to slow global warming and curb
    climate change?
  • Cut down on short-lived greenhouse gases such as
    Methane the single largest source of which is
    livestock.

25
Why Methane?
  • Methane is x72 more potent than CO2 over 20 years
    but cycles out of the atmosphere in 9 years.
  • Even if the entire world switched to a zero
    carbon economy and lifestyle tomorrow, it would
    take 100 1000 years for CO2 to dissipate out of
    the atmosphere.
  • Cutting down on short-lived GHGs will quickly
    translate into cooling of the Earth which will
    give us time to deal with CO2 emissions.

Source IPCC 4th Assessment, IPCC Fourth
Assessment Report Synthesis Report 2007
http//www.ipcc.ch/ipccreports/ar4-syr.htm,
chapter 2 http//ipcc-wg1.ucar.edu/wg1/wg1-report.
html
26
Methane Reduction
Buys us time in fight against global warming
many of us are saying if you want to make an
impact soon, slow down the melting of the
glaciers, slow down the rise of the sea level,
and so on, give us more time to deal with things,
give us, society, more time, shouldnt you work
more on methane?
  • Kirk R. Smith, MPH, PhD
  • Professor of Global Environmental Health
  • University of California, Berkeley

Source - Interview with Supreme Master TV
27
Methane
Key to rapid emissions reductions
The mitigation of non-carbon dioxide (Non-CO2)
greenhouse gas emissions can be a relatively
inexpensive supplement to CO2-only mitigation
strategies. Methane Mitigation has the largest
potential across all the Non-CO2 Greenhouse
Gases.
Source US Environmental Protection Agency,
Global Mitigation of Non-CO2 Greenhouse Gases,
June 2006
28
Methane Reduction
Buys us time in fight against global warming
Control of methane emissions turns out to be a
more powerful lever to control global warming
than would be anticipated.
  • Drew Shindell, PhD
  • Atmospheric Physicist
  • NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Source - NASA GISS Report Methanes Impact on
Climate Change May Be Twice Previous Estimates
29
The single most effective action individuals can
take for their health and for the survival of the
planet?
Reduce or eliminate meat dairy consumption
  • ...the balance of environmental analysis
    suggests that a healthy, low-impact diet would
    contain less meat and fewer dairy products than
    we typically eat today.
  • Eat mostly foods of plant origin.
  • Source
  • Cabinet Office, Food Matters Towards a
    Strategy for the 21st Century, July 2008
    http//tinyurl.com/6bhjho
  • World Cancer Research Fund and the American
    Institute for Cancer Research. Food, Nutrition,
    Physical Activity, and the Prevention of Cancer
    A Global Perspective. 2007. www.dietandcancerrepor
    t.org

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Meat-free Diet
A quicker easier solution
  • Turnover rate of farm animals is 1-2 years,
    while turnover rate of cars power plants, etc
    can be decades.
  • Methane can disappear from the atmosphere in
    9-15 years, while CO2 can stay in the atmosphere
    for more than a century.
  • Introduction of new techniques and further
    research takes many years.
  • Cut in CO2 involves fighting powerful wealthy
    business interests, while vegetarian foods are
    readily available.

Source - A New Global Warming Strategy, Noam
Mohr, EarthSave International, August 2005
http//tinyurl.com/2usvxl
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Meat-free Diet
Environmental Advantages
  • If everybody in the UK ate no meat for 1 day a
    week, it would be equivalent to replacing one
    billion light bulbs with low-energy ones.
  • If everybody in the UK ate no meat for 2 days a
    week, it would save an equivalent of almost 73
    million return flights from London to Ibiza.
  • If everybody in the UK ate no meat for 6 days a
    week, it would create greater carbon savings than
    removing all the cars off UK roads (29 million
    cars).

Source - Pieter van Beukering, Kim van der
Leeuw, Desirée Immerzeel and Harry Aiking (2008)
Meat the Truth. The contribution of meat
consumption in the UK to climate change.
Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), VU
University, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
http//tinyurl.com/5q3vwx - HM Government (2006)
Climate Change, the UK programme 2006
32
Meat-free Diet
Health Benefits
  • Prevents high blood pressure
  • Lowers cholesterol levels
  • Reduces Type 2 diabetes
  • Prevents stroke conditions
  • Reverses atherosclerosis
  • Reduces heart disease risk - 50
  • Reduces heart surgery risk - 80
  • Prevents many forms of cancer
  • Strengthens immune system
  • Increases life expectancy up to 15 years
  • Source
  • American Dietetic Association position paper on
    vegetarian diets http//tinyurl.com/djodu
  • -Jenkins DJA et al., 2003. Type 2 diabetes and
    the vegetarian diet, American Journal of Clinical
    Nutrition, Vol. 78, No. 3, 610S-616S, Sep 03
    http//tinyurl.com/9sohlt
  • -Ornish D, Scherwitz L, Billings J, et al.
    Intensive lifestyle changes for reversal of
    coronary heart disease, Five-year follow-up of
    the Lifestyle Heart Trial. Journal of the
    American Medical Association. 1998 280
    2001-2007
  • http//tinyurl.com/6djlgg

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Being vegan means less emissions than eating
organic meat dairy
  • Foodwatch of Germany compared the GHG
    emissions of meat versus non-meat consumption
    over a one year period and translated that into
    car mileage.
  • Results
  • A vegetarian diet reduced emissions by nearly a
    half.
  • An animal free vegan diet produced less than
    1/7th the GHG emissions of a meat eater 86
    savings in GHG emissions.
  • An organic vegan diet produced 94 savings in GHG
    emissions.

Source Spiegel Online International, 27 August
2008 http//tinyurl.com/557yxs
34
Vegan diets are the most water efficient
(tofu, whole grain rice, 2 vegetables)
(227g)
(227g)
  • Source
  • Water Inputs in California Food Production, Water
    Education Foundation, September, 1991 (chart E3
    p28)
  • http//tinyurl.com/6kd6kx

35
Vegan or local food?
Carnegie Mellon University researchers found that
shifting less than one day per weeks
consumption of red meat and/or dairy to other
protein sources or a vegetable based diet could
have the same climate impact as buying all
household food from local providers.
  • Source of Food Emissions
  • Transportation (Food Miles) 11
  • Agricultural industrial processes 83

Source Food-Miles and the Relative Climate
Impacts of Food Choices in the United States,
Carnegie Mellon University, 2008
http//tinyurl.com/3w377g
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What our greatest scientists politicians say
now
  • Please eat less meat meat is a very carbon
    intensive commodity.
  • - Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, Chairman, IPCC
  • The single action that a person can take to
    reduce carbon emissions is vegetarianism.
  • - Dr. James Hansen, Top World Climatologist,
    NASA
  • I would advocate getting off of the meat diet,
    that it really is not sustainable.
  • - Dr. Jonathan Patz, Professor of Env. Studies
    Populations Health Sciences, University of
    Wisconsin Madison
  • We have to reduce the meat consumption and one
    way of doing it is of course that a larger amount
    of what we eat is vegetarian and everything else
    other than meat.
  • - Erik Solheim, Env. Dev. Minister, Norway

37
What our greatest scientists politicians say
now
  • We must transform ourselves from being passive
    consumers to active consumers. We need to lobby
    government for change, eat less meat and fewer
    dairy products, and garden more.
  • - Professor Tim Lang, UK Government Advisor on
    Food Security Obesity
  • We should abolish meat subsidies, let meat bear
    its own environmental costs and work to make
    modern vegetarian food cheaper.
  • - Jens Holm, MEP, Sweden
  • Unless we change our food choices nothing else
    matters because it is meat that is destroying
    most of our forests, it is meat that pollutes the
    waters, it is meat that is creating disease which
    leads to all our money being diverted to
    hospitals, so its the first choice for anybody
    who wants to save the Earth.
  • - Maneka Gandhi, Parliamentarian former Env.
    Minister, India

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And in the past
  • Nothing will benefit human health and increase
    chances for survival of life on Earth as much as
    the evolution to a vegetarian diet.
  • Albert EinsteinWhile we
    ourselves are the living graves of murdered
    beasts, how can we expect any ideal conditions on
    this Earth?
  • George Bernard Shaw
  • Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which
    is the goal of all human evolution. Until we stop
    harming all other living beings, we are still
    savages.
  • Thomas Edison, Inventor

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And in the past
  • The greatness of a nation and its moral
    progress can be judged by the way its animals are
    treated.
  • Mahatma Gandhi
  • Auschwitz begins wherever someone looks at a
    slaughterhouse and thinks theyre only animals.
  • Theodore Adorno - Philospher
  • In their behaviour towards creatures, all men
    are Nazis. Human beings see oppression vividly
    when theyre the victims. Otherwise they
    victimize blindly and without a thought.
  • Isaac Bashevis Singer, Author, Nobel Prize 1978
  • A man can live and be healthy without killing
    animals for food therefore, if he eats meat he
    participates in taking animal life merely for the
    sake of his appetite. And to act so is immoral.
  • Leo Tolstoy

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Call for action
Its time for the truth about meat to be brought
to light. Animal agriculture and the consumption
of animal products are destroying our planet and
are the root cause of the most pressing
challenges of our time. We can no longer hide
from the fact that meat is the single greatest
contributor to the most prevalent and deadly
global health problems, such as cardiovascular
disease, diabetes and obesity. We must recognize
that meat is causing global food shortage as we
feed over one third of all grain products to
animals (over 7 times the amount used for
biofuels), and as farmers in developing nations
grow feed crop for animals rather than food crops
for their fellow citizens. And we must address
the reality that meat and dairy are the leading
causes of global warming, pushing our Earth
beyond the tipping point, heading to where it can
no longer maintain life as we know it. The facts
and figures presented here are compiled from the
latest research by leading climate scientists,
governmental bodies, the United Nations, many
independent organizations, and health
professionals. They show clearly how by stopping
the devastation of meat production and
consumption and embracing a plant-based diet, we
will be able to live in optimal health, preserve
our planet and have enough food and clean water
for all.
41
UN on Climate Change, Executive Secretary, Yvo
de Boer, has pointed out that a bigger part of
higher food price increases comes from feeding
grain to animals being raised for meat. Secretary
de Boer stated, The best solution would be for
us to all become vegetarians.
Source -http//www.enn.com/pollution/article/3457
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Links
VIDEOS The Bio-Da Versity Code by Earth Scope A
Community of Scientists Conducting
Multidisciplinary research across the Earth
Sciences http//tinyurl.com/3nlz2z Earthlings
Documentary video on the correlation between
nature, animals, and human economic interests
http//tinyurl.com/3n5jgj A Delicate Balance
Documentary with the latest discoveries of some
of the most prominent experts on nutrition in the
world, unravelling the mysteries behind the
disease epidemic which has struck affluent
countries with a vengeance. ORGANIZATIONS
Nutrition Ecology International Center An
interdisciplinary scientific committee
established with the purpose of investigating the
impact of all stages and methods of food
production and consumption, with regard to
health, environment, society and economy
http//tinyurl.com/4x3dzf European Parliament
European United Left/Nordic Green Left The
Livestock Industry and Climate Change EU Makes
Bad Worse http//tinyurl.com/6kn3vw Global
Canopy Program An Alliance of 29 scientific
institutions in 19 countries, which lead the
world in forest canopy research, education, and
conservation http//tinyurl.com/6fgnym Food
vs. Feed http//tinyurl.com/5sn8ob
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Our Mission
  • To share scientific data
  • with the public, the media,
  • the government and other organisations
  • on the significant and devastating effects
  • of eating animal products
  • on the health of our planet,
  • including climate change, drought and
    deforestation,
  • and on global hunger. To provide the means for
    individuals
  • to encourage the media to speak about these
    topics,
  • and to encourage governments and other
    institutions
  • to pass and adopt laws and policies
  • which will result in people eating less animal
    products
  • in order to reverse climate change,
  • ensure there is enough clean water for all our
    needs,
  • and feed the worlds hungry.
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