Why is the UN #teamvegan?

In 2010, the United Nations released a report in which they advocated a diet without meat or dairy in order to combat world hunger and poverty as well as climate change.

A western diet relies heavily on meat and dairy and as a result is largely responsible forĀ environmental degradation. Ā The UN report states that this diet will be almost unsustainable in the future where the population is expected to be around 9 billion people by 2050. Ā Despite having a relatively small population in comparison to most countries, Australia is still surprisingly one of the highest per capita countries to consume meat. Ā Animal agriculture contributes to:

  • 70% of global freshwater consumption
  • 38% of total land use
  • 19% of greenhouse gas emissions

No one expects you to go vegan overnight. Ā However, maybe Australia should follow in the footsteps of countries like South Africa, Brazil and Germany that have encouraged its citizens to try going meat-free once a week. Ā These countries have endorsed school programs in which veggie only lunches are provided once a week, as well as signs that indicate a vegetarian/vegan-friendly restaurant. Ā Let’s hop on board this initiative Australia!

If the UN is telling us to go vegan, why are most of us notĀ listening? #Eatfortheplanet

If you’re interested and want to learn more, the reportĀ it can be found here alongside a short video:

http://www.unep.org/resourcepanel/Portals/24102/PDFs/PriorityProductsAndMaterials_Report.pdf

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