Happy Earth Day! Today is the 50th anniversary of this global movement to protect the planet.
Each year, Earth Day has a different theme and this year’s focus is Climate Action. So it’s the perfect time to talk about the connection between our plate and our planet.
So what’s the link between diet and climate? The simple truth is that factory farming of more than 9 billion chickens, cows, and pigs each year to produce meat and dairy products causes more global warming than all of the world’s transportation combined.
The methane gas from the manure of factory farmed animals accounts for more greenhouse gas emissions than all of the cars, buses, trains, boats and planes on the planet.
Animal agriculture is also the leading cause of water pollution and soil degradation in the world. And if the corn, soy and other grains fed to factory farmed animals in the U.S. were instead consumed directly by people, nearly a billion people around the world could be fed, helping to reduce global hunger.
A vegan diet is not only the healthiest way for us to eat, but it’s also one of the single best things we can do to help save the planet and its inhabitants.
In fact, the United Nations states that eating plant-based foods has the most immediate and greatest impact on the climate, as you’ll read in the guide. And, in my view, if we don’t act on this knowledge, are we any different than climate change deniers?
So, fam you know what to do. On this Earth Day and beyond, eat plant-based foods. And share this brand new resource from A Well-Fed World with your family and friends to encourage them on this journey, too.