• Environment

    The environmental destruction caused by the livestock industry. Please consider eliminating meat and dairy products from your diet. For Planet Earth, go vegan now at www.myspace.com/veganfuture. Thanks to Moby for permission to use "Swear".

    From http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/ear...vernment.html:

    It would help tackle the problem of climate change if people ate less meat, according to a Government agency.
    A leaked email to a vegetarian campaign group from an Environment Agency official expresses sympathy with the environmental benefits of a vegan diet, which bans dairy products and fish.

    The agency also says the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is considering recommending eating less meat as one of the "key environmental behaviour changes" needed to save the planet.
    It says that this change would have to be introduced "gently" because of "the risk of alienating the public".
    David Miliband, the Environment Secretary, has raised the issue that farm animals are blamed for producing large amounts of the powerful greenhouse gas, methane, and told farmers they need to do something about it but the agency's response appears to go further than official advice.

    From http://www.guardian.co.uk/environmen...meat-free-diet

    Lesser consumption of animal products is necessary to save the world from the worst impacts of climate change, UN report says

    A global shift towards a vegan diet is vital to save the world from hunger, fuel poverty and the worst impacts of climate change, a UN report said today.

    As the global population surges towards a predicted 9.1 billion people by 2050, western tastes for diets rich in meat and dairy products are unsustainable, says the report from United Nations Environment Programme's (UNEP) international panel of sustainable resource management.

    It says: "Impacts from agriculture are expected to increase substantially due to population growth increasing consumption of animal products. Unlike fossil fuels, it is difficult to look for alternatives: people have to eat. A substantial reduction of impacts would only be possible with a substantial worldwide diet change, away from animal products."

    Professor Edgar Hertwich, the lead author of the report, said: "Animal products cause more damage than [producing] construction minerals such as sand or cement, plastics or metals. Biomass and crops for animals are as damaging as [burning] fossil fuels."