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 for environmental degradation. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Let’s hop on board this initiative Australia!
If the UN is telling us to go vegan, why are most of us not listening? #Eatfortheplanet
If you’re interested and want to learn more, the report it can be found here alongside a short video: