Friday, 30 May 2008

Why is being Vegetarian and Vegan good for you and good for the planet?

There is a growing awareness that following a vegetarian and vegan lifestyle is better:
a) for the planet;
b) for people; and
c) for animals.
Here are some facts and figures as to why this is so.

A) Good for the planet

Climate Change: The UN's Report: 'Livestock: the long shadow' stated that the world's livestock industry "are responsible for 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, a bigger share than that of transport." Also, the world’s livestock "generates 65 per cent of human-related nitrous oxide, which has 296 times the Global Warming Potential (GWP) of CO2." See also this news item.