|UN Urges Global Shift Towards Vegan Diet|
|Written by Melanie Kozlan, Four Green Steps|
|Wednesday, 08 June 2011 09:27|
Written by Melanie Kozlan, Four Green Steps
The UN has insisted that a Vegan diet will help aid world hunger as well as decrease the effects of climate change in a new report released today. The UN urges the growing population to switch to a sustainable diet free of dairy and meat in an effort to benefit humankind:
From The Guardian:
As the global population surges towards a predicted 9.1 billion people by 2050, western tastes for diets rich in meat and dairy products are unsustainable, says the report from United Nations Environment Programme's (UNEP) international panel of sustainable resource management.
It says: "Impacts from agriculture are expected to increase substantially due to population growth increasing consumption of animal products. Unlike fossil fuels, it is difficult to look for alternatives: people have to eat. A substantial reduction of impacts would only be possible with a substantial worldwide diet change, away from animal products."
Professor Edgar Hertwich, the lead author of the report, said: "Animal products cause more damage than [producing] construction minerals such as sand or cement, plastics or metals. Biomass and crops for animals are as damaging as [burning] fossil fuels."
The recommendation follows advice last year that a vegetarian diet was better for the planet from Lord Nicholas Stern, former adviser to the Labour government on the economics of climate change. Dr Rajendra Pachauri, chair of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), has also urged people to observe one meat-free day a week to curb carbon emissions. MORE
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