GROW O'ahu

Island Style Gardening and Plant-Based Living

United Nations Says Go Vegan!

Leave a comment

…or at least reduce the amount of meat and dairy that you consume.

Check out this article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/jun/02/un-report-meat-free-diet

The reasons are multi-layered, but one is this:

Agriculture, particularly meat and dairy products, accounts for 70% of global freshwater consumption, 38% of the total land use and 19% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, says the report, which has been launched to coincide with UN World Environment day on Saturday.

That is incredible!! I always knew that it took more resources to produce meat for consumption, but I didn’t realize the extent.  Check out these numbers from Cornell University:

Depending on the type of meat, it takes 6-17 times more land to feed the average American meat eater than to feed a vegetarian. L. Reijinders and Sam Soret, PhDs 2003.

‘The 7 billion livestock animals in the United States (1997) consume five times as much grain as is consumed directly by the entire American population.
..
More than 302 million hectares of land are devoted to producing feed for the U.S. livestock population — about 272 million hectares in pasture and about 30 million hectares for cultivated feed grains.
..’
http://www.news.cornell.edu/releases/Aug97/livestock.hrs.html

Total Acre Usage in the United States: (and this is from several years ago- I can only imagine that it is more now)

U.S acres
Total dried beans and peas 2,140,851
Peanuts 1,436,034
Potatoes 1,309,963
Rice 2,424,864
Total sugar 2,172,550
Vegetables 3,264,343

http://water.usgs.gov/nawqa/pnsp/pubs/circ1131/table2.html

= 12,748,605 acres; (* 0.4047) = 5,159,360 hectares.
+
Orchards, vineyards, and nursery 4,462,591 acres
(= 1,806,010 hectares)

http://water.usgs.gov/nawqa/pnsp/pubs/circ1131/table6.html

+
6 million hectares grain (based on the above from Cornell).
=
Total: 12,965,370 hectares, round to 13 million hectares.

Vs. 302 million hectares used to feed livestock.

————

This, among several other reasons is why I have committed to go 99% vegan in 2012.  I have done it before, and am returning to this path for conscious, for health and for the planet. No meat. No dairy. Eggs only from my own happy chickens, Rosie & Red. I’m excited to take this journey with my family.

Advertisements

Author: Carmen

Things I love: justice in all forms; flowers; locally grown food; cloth-diapering; breastfeeding; feminist theory; outdoor play; beaches; wine; Divine interventions; 4-H and coffee. Things I loathe: racism; homophobia; toxic crap; misogyny; litterbugs; the zombie apocalypse and pitbull-haters. My formal education is in sociology, gender studies, and public policy. I'm also a Lactation Educator; 4-H Youth Development coordinator a Certified Master Gardener and a graduate of a Permaculture Design Course. I've been blogging for several years on dozens of topics- everything from women's health to breed-specific legislation. But the thing I like to write about most is my gardening, food adventures and my kids. So there you have it. Please be kind. Thanks.

Comments

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s