Animal products, both meat and dairy, in general require more resources and cause higher emissions than plant-based alternatives.’
Excerpt from: Assessing the Environmental Impacts of Consumption and Production Priority Products and Materials, United Nations Environment Programme, 2010
A United Nation Report on the Environmental Impacts of Products and Materials confirmed the evidence that a meat based diet and overexploitation of fisheries for fish food and oil, diary and meat farming are top contributors to total environmental impacts.
Yet we don’t hear much of this information from our local authorities in their green message, other than reuse, recycle and reduce.
Listen to this from the UN report:
‘Food production is the most significant influence on land use and therefore habitat change, water use, overexploitation of fisheries and pollution with nitrogen and phosphorus.’
For me, changing my lifestyle and diet is not only about good health for my body but more importantly it reflects my inner spiritual practice. I can go to church or temple everyday to pray, sit in meditation for hours and active in religious practices but without changing my lifestyle, it is nothing more than externalism.
Let us do our best for the environment and for our future generation by adopting a plant based diet.