In the news - United Nations endorses vegan diet

Fruit, vegetables, beans, legumes, grains and alternative milks such as soya milk form the basis of a vegan diet -'Diet focus-the vegan diet' 


The Guardian reported that 'UN urges global move to meat and dairy-free diet'.
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2010/jun/02/un-report-meat-free-diet
It is thought that by switching to a meat and dairy free diet we can reduce greenhouse gas emissions which in turn will help to slow down climate change.  Animal farming is responsible for around a fifth of greenhouse gases. 


Demand for meat and dairy has increased exponentially with growing population and by meat being produced more cheaply (but at a cost to animal welfare). Climate change is happening right now as evidenced by melting polar ice caps and changes in our weather to a wetter, stormier pattern.  We cannot ignore the issue any longer - we must act - not just the governments but each and every one of us can play our part. 

World population is set to reach over 9 billion by 2050.  Up until now we have coped by increasing production. A local farmer was recently talking about a field which was once expected to produce 4 tons of grain, now producing 100 tons of grain through improved farming methods, better pest control, and better farm machinery. This has not been without cost to the environment. Around half of the grains we produce go to feed livestock. If livestock agriculture was reduced we could feed our expanding populations. 

Now I know that a totally meat and dairy free diet is not for everyone but even omnivores can CUT DOWN on the amount of meat and dairy we consume.  I do not believe anyone 'needs' to eat meat or dairy at every meal.  To consume animal protein at one meal should be fine and how about one meat and dairy free day each week?  There are many 'meatless Monday' ideas on this blog for you to enjoy. Your health will benefit too!

Stay well

Janet x


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