Reducing your consumption of animal products is one of the most significant actions you can take to reduce your impact on the environment and global climate change. Raising animals for food is the primary contributor to wildlife extinction and deforestation around the world. Taking steps towards a plant-rich diet will ease our collective impact on the environment by reducing the amount of forested land that is converted to animal agriculture and the consumption of critical water and other natural resources. It will also boost the planetâ€™s natural defenses by preserving critical ecosystem services offered by the forests and oceans, the oxygen-producing and carbon-sequestering natural defenders against climate change. It will also reduce animal suffering, and alleviate global poverty as we gradually convert to more sustainable, diverse, and resource-efficient food production systems. And, it will protect endangered species habitat while offering an enhanced quality of life for human consumers who adopt a healthier plant-based diet.
When considering the adoption of a plant-based diet, the statistics are compelling enough. For example, twenty servings of vegetables have fewer greenhouse gas emissions than one serving of beef. Without meat and dairy consumption, global farmland use could be reduced by more than 75%, and still feed the world. This is an area equivalent to the US, China, European Union and Australia combined. Animal agriculture requires more than 8X as much fossil fuel energy than the production of plant protein, and is the leading consumer of water resources in the United States.Â Try these easy recipes to get started on a plant-based diet today.
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