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The Veggie Word!

Posted 22 October 2007

Today (October 22nd) is the start of the 11th annual Energy Saving Week and this year's focus is community. The idea is to encourage one million conversations to help fight climate change.

Livestock farming contributes a much greater share of greenhouse gases than the entire worldwide transport sector combined. It also uses up vast quantities of land, energy and water and contributes to environmental destruction as well as climate change. Cutting meat and dairy products from your diet is therefore one of the most positive steps any individual can take towards living a low-carbon lifestyle and helping the fight against global warming.

To support the week, the Energy Saving Trust released research, which shows that the average person has 169 people in their social networks. If everyone who reads this talks to just one friend or family member about going veggie, just think of the number of people we can reach! And if you do such a great job at persuading them to give it a go, remember Animal Aid provides FREE Veggie and Vegan guides.

So let’s get busy promoting veggie diets through word of mouth!

Some useful facts:

  • Animal farming is responsible for 18 per cent of all global greenhouse gas emissions - more than road and air travel combined.
  • Animal farming produces greenhouse gases both from manure management schemes and the animals’ own gaseous emissions.
  • Many more crops must be grown to feed animals than would be needed if fed directly to humans.
  • Farm supplies, animal feed, farmed animals and meat are transported great distances producing yet more greenhouse gases.
  • Heat and electricity used by slaughterhouses and farms further increases energy demand.
  • Because plant-based agriculture is many times more efficient, cutting out meat and dairy foods could reduce the carbon impact of our diet by 60 per cent.

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