As many natural habitats are quickly getting depleted across the planet, climate change has become an urgent and necessary conversation. However, one cannot truly be a climate activist unless one is also vegan. The farming industry is intimately correlated with the environmental changes our planet is undergoing.
Studies estimate livestock-based food production is responsible for 14.5% of all anthropogenic GHG emissions, majority coming from cattle (raised for both beef and milk). It is also one of the key contributors to land use and water pollution
According to Henning Steinfeld, Chief of FAO’s Livestock Information and Policy Branch, “Livestock are one of the most significant contributors to today’s most serious environmental problems. Urgent action is required to remedy the situation.”
As one of the fastest growing agricultural sub-sectors, our continued livestock consumption is coming with a steep environmental cost. Minimizing meat consumption must necessarily be at the forefront of any dedicated climate and anti-oppression activist. Save the animals, save the planet.