posted on May, 9 2014 @ 03:37 PM
Hey meat eaters, I know you're asking yourselves how you can do more to combat climate change. Well one thing you can do is give up meat.
You can do it. This will help.
What would happen if everyone stopped eating meat? Researchers predict that universal veganism would do a lot in the way of mitigating climate change,
would lead to expanse of new land, and reduce the risk of anti-biotic resistant infections.
At least one research team has run the numbers on what global veganism would mean for the planet. In 2009 researchers from the Netherlands
Environmental Assessment Agency published their projections of the greenhouse gas consequences if humanity came to eat less meat, no meat, or no
animal products at all. The researchers predicted that universal veganism would reduce agriculture-related carbon emissions by 17 percent, methane
emissions by 24 percent, and nitrous oxide emissions by 21 percent by 2050. Universal vegetarianism would result in similarly impressive reductions in
greenhouse gas emissions. What’s more, the Dutch researchers found that worldwide vegetarianism or veganism would achieve these gains at a much
lower cost than a purely energy-focused intervention involving carbon taxes and renewable energy technology. The upshot: Universal eschewal of meat
wouldn’t single-handedly stave off global warming, but it would go a long way toward mitigating climate change.
The Dutch researchers didn’t take into account what else might happen if everyone gave up meat. “In this scenario study we have ignored possible
socio-economic implications such as the effect of health changes on GDP and population numbers,” wrote Elke Stehfest and her colleagues. “We have
not analyzed the agro-economic consequences of the dietary changes and its implications; such consequences might not only involve transition costs,
but also impacts on land prices. The costs that are associated with this transition might obviously offset some of the gains discussed here.[Ex]
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