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With veganism on the rise, is meat cooked?

There are two distinct threats that could indicate that yes, meat is on the way out. One is that a continuation of present trends against consuming meat will make it socially unacceptable for a large segment of society, as tobacco is today. The other is that a technological revolution will make producers of live cattle, pigs and chickens as irrelevant as Kodak became when the once-dominant camera and film manufacturer failed to embrace the digital revolution.

Meat – or at least meat as we have known it – may be cooked.

From Peter Singer’s With veganism on the rise, is meat cooked?
The Globe and Mail Sunday edition (August 26, 2018)


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Cutting out meat and dairy is the best way to reduce your environmental impact: study

Giving up meat and dairy is the single most effective way a person can reduce their environmental impact, new research has found.

The meta-analysis, published in the journal Science, analyzed data from 750 studies, encompassing 40,000 farms in 119 countries.

The researchers found that while meat and dairy products provide 18 per cent of all calories and 37 per cent of all protein, its production uses 83 per cent of farmland and produces 60 per cent of the agriculture industry’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Read more on CBC Radio’s website


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This Month in Veganism – September 2017

A collection of media stories and blog articles related to veganism, animals and activism. Please note, we are not responsible for the content or ads you see on other websites.

Philip Lymbery, chief executive of Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) and the author of Farmageddon and more recently Deadzone, said: “Every day there is a new confirmation of how destructive, inefficient, wasteful, cruel and unhealthy the industrial agriculture machine is. We need a total rethink of our food and farming systems before it’s too late.”

Why factory farming is not just cruel – but also a threat to all life on the planet The Guardian

Overfishing is rapidly devastating marine ecosystems. Experts predict that, if current trends continue, by 2048 there will be a global collapse of all stocks currently fished. Sea lice and other infections from farmed salmon have an impact on numbers and global warming is changing habitat; for example, aquatic temperatures in the Strait of Georgia and Fraser River are one and a half degrees warmer than 50 years ago.

Something fishy by Vesanto Melina, Common Ground

Because it is in bed with sexism and racism, it’s time we break up with the meat industry

Veganism Is Both Personal And Political Manitoba University Paper

Vegans should be encouraged: their choice is high in moral as well as digestive fibre. Their detractors should stop crying over spelt milk.

The Guardian view on veganism: high in moral fibre The Guardian

We caught up with naturalist and best-selling author, Sy Montgomery, to find out what most humans don’t understand about animal intelligence.

What Most Humans Don’t Know About Animal Intelligence: An Interview With Sy Montgomery Care 2 Network

Eating Animals, a new documentary narrated and produced by Academy Award winner Natalie Portman, made its world premiere this weekend at the Telluride Film Festival.

The film, based on a book of the same name by Jonathan Safran Foer, aims to educate viewers about the horrors of animal agriculture by going undercover at factory farms and slaughterhouses and exposing the truth. In 2009 Natalie Portman reported ditching meat, dairy, and eggs after reading Foer’s book. Her film received a standing ovation.

Natalie Portman’s New Documentary About Farmed Animals Gets Standing Ovation Mercy for Animals

Plant-based diets, often cited as a craze driven by millennials, are gaining increasing popularity. According to research by HealthFocus, 60% of consumers are reducing their meat intake – and a massive 17% of 15-70 year olds now follow a ‘predominantly’ plant-based diet. What’s more, 55% of people who start eating a more plant-based diet say they plan to stick with it permanently. What was once called a ‘food fad’ looks like it’s here to stay.

Plant-Based Diets: A Game-Changer For Our Food System, Our People And Our Planet The Huffington Post UK

Thousands have taken to the streets of Tel Aviv in what has been described as the ‘biggest march ever’ for animal rights.

PICTURES: 20,000 Vegan Activists March For Animal Rights In Tel Aviv Plant Based News

“Sadly, though it would be nice if the pro-grazers were right, they aren’t,” says lead author Tara Garnett of the University of Oxford’s Food Climate Research Network. “The truth is, we cannot eat as much meat as we like and save the planet.”

Grass-fed beef is bad for the planet and causes climate change New Scientist

The suffering inherent in mass meat production can’t be justified. And as the artificial meat industry grows, the last argument for farming animals has now collapsed

Goodbye – and good riddance – to livestock farming The Guardian

Today, more and more people are eating animal products such as meat & dairy. Our new report, ‘Appetite for Destruction’, highlights the impact that animal feed production is having on species, habitats and our health.

Vast animal-feed crops to satisfy our meat needs are destroying planet WWF Report & The Guardian

Why do we think that killing animals per se is not morally wrong? Why do we think that death is not a harm for non-human animals?

A ‘humanely’ killed animal is still killed – and that’s wrong

 


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Food Waste, Animal Products, And Greenhouse Emissions

The large impact that agriculture and food production have on resource use and environmental sustainability has been well-established. But, we still face major food security concerns worldwide. Direct emissions from agriculture represent 10–12% of overall global GHG emissions. The figure rises to 17–32% when we account for the impact of agricultural fertilizer, chemical production, fuel use, and land-use change. Many consider transportation and housing as the largest contributors to household carbon footprints. Yet several researchers argue that dietary changes are among the most economically effective changes that each of us can make to curb our CO2 emissions.

Food Waste, Animal Products, And Greenhouse Emissions


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Peter Fricker: Plant-based diets go mainstream in Canada and the United States

There are few think tanks as serious and sober as Canada’s Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP) and the same could be said for its digital magazine Policy Options. Yet in July, there among the magazine’s weighty articles on economic productivity, NAFTA, and pension reform, was a piece titled “Plant-based diet should be central to national food policy”.

Peter Fricker: Plant-based diets go mainstream in Canada and the United States