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What's wrong with meat and dairy?

What's wrong with meat and dairy?

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  • It’s not so much about what is right or wrong,Gareth. It’s more about how can we do better when it comes to what we eat and drink, and its impact on the planet?

    Emissions from the global livestock supply chain are estimated at 7.1 about Gigatonnes of CO2e per year. That’s taking a lifecycle approach and looking at the whole supply chain including emissions from animal digestion and manure but also emissions involved in producing feed, using fertilisers and land usage, as well as processing and transporting meat and dairy.
     
    Since a UK Barista Edition Oat drink generates 73% less CO2e than a British Whole cow’s milk (3.7% fat), it should tell you something about the possibilities in switching to a plant-based diet.

    According to WWF that switch could reduce not only food-based greenhouse gas emissions by at least 30% but also wildlife loss by up to 46% and agricultural land use by at least 41%.

    Today, 50% of the world’s habitable land is used for agriculture. If we combine pastures used for grazing with land used to grow crops for animal feed, livestock accounts for 77% of global farming land. While livestock takes up most of the world’s agricultural land, it only produces 18% of the world’s calories and 37% of total protein. In other words, by going plant-based we could feed more people on less land.
    Mårten

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