A Complete Beginners Guide To Going Vegan
As new stats indicate even more worrying findings about meat consumption
This week, new research from the University of Oxford is sending a clear message—more humans need to be giving up animal products or at least eating less meat to reduce the worrying number of greenhouse gases harming the planet.
And interestingly, the research, published in the journal Nature, also concluded that there are positive impacts for simply reducing your meat intake and going flexitarian, too. Reducing your animal product intake could cut global greenhouse gas emissions by more than 50%.
In shocking figures, the research reveals that in 2010, food production globally accounted for 5.2 billion tonnes of C02, or carbon dioxide, in greenhouse gas emissions from methane and nitrous oxide.
But scientists are warning that as the population rises, so too could the environmental harm the food system is having on our planet—by as much as 90 per cent in 20 years, breaching 'planetary boundaries' to officially make the Earth's ecosystem unstable.
And with the world’s population set to hit 10 billion by 2050, the environmental costs of the food system could rise by as much as 90 per cent over the next two decades.