Sustainability is a buzzword these days. Everyone is using it, plant-based or not. But is it really possible for animal consumption to be sustainable?
Nil Zacharias and Gene Stone have written a factual book with dynamic illustrations with the intriguing subtitle, Saving the Planet, One Bite at a Time.
The data they present comes from the likes of Dr. Joseph Poore, an Oxford University zoology researcher. He gathered data from 38,700 farms in 119 countries, studying 40 different food products representing 90 percent of total food consumption.
But no matter where he looked, he couldn’t find a truly sustainable animal producer. He found that, while livestock provides only 18 percent of calories consumed worldwide, animal cultivation occupied 83 percent of all farmland.
Within a year of starting the project, he changed his diet. What he’d learned convinced him that avoiding meat and dairy was the “single biggest way” to reduce his harmful impact on the earth.
In a 2019 YouTube video interview with climate activist Genesis Butler, Dr. Poore made this revealing assertion:
“Even the lowest-impact animal products are typically creating more emissions and using more land than vegetable proteins. For example, the least sustainable soy milk is better for the planet than the most sustainable cows’ milk.”
Poore points his finger squarely at “our taste preference for animal products,” blaming it for a “dramatic transformation” of our planet.
I agree. I believe that every human shares the responsibility of caring for the Earth. We owe it to our children and future generations to leave them a vibrant, clean dwelling.
Earth will be their home. So we must work together to protect the land, air, and water from pollution and overuse. And there’s no more effective way to do that than to eat plant-based foods!
Let 2020 be the year we get serious about honoring our responsibility to the planet by following Dr. Poore’s example and switching to a plant-based diet.
If we do, future generations will celebrate our taking a stand against the devastation unleashed by the meat, dairy, and egg industries!