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Vegetarians can save the planet

Updated: 08:37, Thursday November 5, 2009

Vegetarians can save the planet

We’ve always been told to eat our greens, but now there’s another incentive - saving the planet.

Climate change campaigner Al Gore believes turning vegetarian could aid the battle against global warming.

But he’s stopped short of asking everyone to turn their back on meat, acknowledging getting a global agreement on fighting climate change is already hard enough.

The former US vice-president turned environmental campaigner said on Wednesday he agreed with the UK’s Nicholas Stern that meat eaters have contributed greatly to increased global carbon emissions.

“I’m not a vegetarian, but I have cut back sharply on the meat that I eat,” he told ABC Television from New York.

“It’s absolutely correct that the growing meat intensity of diets around the world is one of the issues connected to this global crisis - not only because of the CO2 involved, but also because of the water consumed in the process.

“You could add in the health consequences as well.”

Substituting more fruit and vegetables in an everyday diet was the responsible thing to do, he said.

“I’ve made those changes, and while I don’t go quite as far as Nick saying everybody should become a vegetarian - partly because it’s difficult enough to get the agreement without adding that on top of it - it is a legitimate point of view.”

Fruit and vegetables aside, Mr Gore was confident a global agreement can be reached when the world’s leaders meet in Copenhagen for climate change talks.

“I think we have an excellent chance of getting a framework agreement that’s binding and puts us on the right road,” he said.

Much depended on the US’s ability to pass climate change legislation before December, but he said the odds were favourable that would happen.

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51% GHG by Livestock

Livestock and Climate Change

by Robert Goodland and Jeff Anhang

Livestock and Climate Change: What if the key actors in climate change are…cows, pigs, and chickens?

The environmental impact of the lifecycle and supply chain of animals raised for food has been vastly underestimated, and in fact accounts for at least half of all human-caused greenhouse gases (GHGs), according to Robert Goodland and Jeff Anhang, co-authors of “Livestock and Climate Change”.

A widely cited 2006 report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, Livestock’s Long Shadow, estimates that 18 percent of annual worldwide GHG emissions are attributable to cattle, buffalo, sheep, goats, camels, pigs, and poultry. But recent analysis by Goodland and Anhang finds that livestock and their byproducts actually account for at least 32.6 billion tons of carbon dioxide per year, or 51 percent of annual worldwide GHG emissions.

Read “Livestock and Climate Change,” World Watch Magazine [FREE PDF]

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November 5th, 2009 at 6:01 am

Planetary Emergency - Did You Know?

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November 4th, 2008 at 1:28 am

Meat-Free Advantages


  • Stops 70% of deforestation
  • Uses 2/3 less fossil fuels
  • Reduces pollution from untreated animal waste
  • Maintains cleaner air
  • Saves up to 4.5 tons of emissions per household per year
  • Stops 80% of global warming
  • Vegetarian diet will cut more greenhouse gas emissions than switching to a hybrid car
  • Eating vegan 1 day per week reduces emissions more than eating locally produced food all year

Stop World Starvation

  • The 760 million tones of grain fed to animals could feed over 11 billion people.
  • It could cover the global food shortage 14 times.

Quicker & Easier Results

  • Turnover rate of farm animals is 1 to 2 years, while turnover rate of cars & power plants, etc. can be decades.
  • Methane can disappear from the atmosphere in 9 to 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 and wealthy business interests, while veggie foods are readily available.


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September 22nd, 2008 at 12:12 am

You Can Save The Planet

By choosing a vegetarian diet,

you will be healthy,

you can stop world starvation,

you can save the planet.

Be a Hero!


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September 22nd, 2008 at 12:11 am

What if UK adopted plant based diet?

If everyone in the UK…

  1. …ate no meat for 2 days per week, it would save the equivalent of almost 72 million return flights from London to Ibiza.
  2. …ate no meat for 6 days per week, this would create a greater carbon savings than removing all of the cars off UK roads.


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September 20th, 2008 at 2:40 am