Can vegetarians save the planet?

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Many consider vegetarians the new superheroes, able to stop climate change and global warming. They eat no meat and so have a reduced carbon footprint. But is that really true? An avocado can actually do more damage to the environment than a steak. Environmental vegetarianism – fact or fiction?

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Marwan The Kirby says:

vegans are not saving the planet and being vegan isn't the healthier option either.

Joesean Foo says:

Plants need water so vegan will destroy the whole world

JamesyBoi712 says:

Simple. get rid of humans

daniel prince says:

Eating Fresh freerange meat, and organically grown veggies and fruits is good for the planet.

Jack says:

No crops destroy all the trees and wildlife and there are tens of millions of dogs and cats eating meat and funding the mear trade.These videos are not balanced or true

Jack says:

Pesticide.herbacide and fungacide have destroyed all the forests and wildlife.

Equinsu Ocha says:

Vegans fart too ya know? A lot.

Laurent DUBET-DROUET says:

#infox #fakenews

Grazed and Confused ? How much can grazing livestock help to mitigate climate change ? https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/nub7pToY3jU https://fcrn.org.uk/sites/default/files/project-files/fcrn_gnc_report.pdf

newscientist.com – Tara Garnett University of Oxford's Food Climate Research Network https://www.newscientist.com/article/2149220-grass-fed-beef-is-bad-for-the-planet-and-causes-climate-change/

It’s Time to Replace Slaughterhouses With Greenhouses https://freefromharm.org/common-justifications-for-eating-animals/marginal-lands/

Ruminants, climate change and climate policy, by Nature Communications https://www.nature.com/articles/nclimate2081

Exploring the biophysical option space for feeding the world without deforestation, by Nature Communications https://www.nature.com/articles/ncomms11382

Nationwide shift to grass-fed beef requires larger cattle population https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/aad401

Reducing food’s environmental impacts through producers and consumers
"Moving from current diets to a diet that excludes animal products has transformative potential,reducing food’s land use by 3.1 (2.8-3.3) billion hectares (a 76% reduction), including a 19% reduction in arable land". http://science.sciencemag.org/content/360/6392/987

"We find that the impacts of the lowest-impact animal products exceed average impacts of substitute vegetable proteins across GHG emissions, eutrophication, acidification (excluding nuts), and frequently land use" – Science 360 6392 987 – Accepted Manuscript.pdf https://josephpoore.com/Science%20360%206392%20987%20-%20Accepted%20Manuscript.pdf

Vegan Diet's Environmental Impact Up to 84 Percent Less https://mercyforanimals.org/study-a-vegan-diets-environmental-impact

Veganism is 'single biggest way' to reduce – by 73% – our environmental impact on planet, study finds https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/veganism-environmental-impact-planet-reduced-plant-based-diet-humans-study-a8378631.html

Factory Farming Is Driving the Sixth Mass Extinction http://www.chooseveg.in/factory-farming-is-driving-the-sixth-mass

Animal Agriculture & Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria, PSTD, Biodiversity Loss, & World Hunger https://cleantechnica.com/2018/12/16/animal-agriculture-antibiotic-resistant-bacteria-pstd-biodiversity-loss-world-hunger/

Meat-eaters may speed worldwide species extinction, study warns http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2015/08/meat-eaters-may-speed-worldwide-species-extinction-study-warns

Humans just 0.01% of all life but have destroyed 83% of wild mammals – study https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/may/21/human-race-just-001-of-all-life-but-has-destroyed-over-80-of-wild-mammals-study

UNO UNITED NATIONS SAYS : BE VEGAN ! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQlekfaPyaA

L’ONU (avec l'UNEP) recommande de devenir vegan, et de taxer la viande https://www.vegactu.com/actualite/lonu-recommande-de-devenir-vegan-et-de-taxer-la-viande-22802/

UN urges global move to meat and dairy-free diet https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2010/jun/02/un-report-meat-free-diet

Dairy Milk Results in Three Times More Greenhouse Gas Emissions Than Vegan Milk https://mercyforanimals.org/dairy-milk-three-times-greenhouse-gases

Study suggests meat and dairy industry on track to surpass oil companies as biggest greenhouse gas emitters https://phys.org/news/2018-07-meat-dairy-industry-track-surpass.html

Les Nations Unies (ONU – UNEP) reconnaissent que le végétalisme peut sauver le monde ! http://www.eater.com/2015/2/16/8048069/un-says-veganism-can-save-the-world-from-destruction

Taxes on Meat Could Join Carbon and Sugar to Help Limit Emissions https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-12-11/taxes-on-meat-seen-joining-carbon-sugar-to-help-limit-emissions

Not much chop: Scientists say a tax on red meat will save lives and the planet https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2018/11/24/tax-on-red-meat/

15,000 Scientists From 184 Countries Urge People to Go Vegan to Save the Planet https://mercyforanimals.org/15000-scientists-from-184-countries-urge

Veganism Could Take Us Halfway To Meeting Our Climate Goals, Study Says https://www.iflscience.com/environment/veganism-could-take-us-halfway-to-meeting-our-climate-goals-study-says/all/

United Nation (ONU) says veganism can save the world from destruction http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2010/jun/02/un-report-meat-free-diet
télécharger le rapport complet des Nations Unies .pdf http://www.unep.fr/shared/publications/pdf/DTIx1262xPA-PriorityProductsAndMaterials_Report.pdf

Go vegan, save the world ? Study highlights benefits of eating more plants https://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/04/study-vegan-diet-could-feed-twice-us-population

The Global Livestock Production and Health Atlas #FAO http://kids.fao.org/glipha/

A report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation #FAO links 70% of human diseases to animal agriculture ! http://www.all-creatures.org/health/fh-human-diseases-linked-animals.html

Dietary guidelines and sustainability #FAO http://www.fao.org/nutrition/education/food-dietary-guidelines/background/sustainable-dietary-guidelines/en/

Go vegan, save the planet an article by George C. Wang from #CNN http://edition.cnn.com/2017/04/08/opinions/go-vegan-save-the-planet-wang/index.html

La Révolution végane de l'O.N.U. https://blogs.mediapart.fr/pierre-guerrini/blog/120716/la-revolution-vegane-de-lonu

Humans must adopt vegetarian diet and #goVegan to stop climate change, UN report warns https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7321833/Humans-adopt-vegetarian-vegan-diets-stop-climate-change-report-warns.html

"Veganism could save the world, new study argues" the team reports today in Nature Communications http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/04/veganism-could-save-world-new-study-argues

Contre le changement climatique, le rapport du #Giec préconise un régime végétarien https://www.huffingtonpost.fr/amp/entry/changement-climatique_fr_5d481b21e4b0aca341211549/

La planète ne digère pas notre consommation de viande http://www.lexpress.fr/actualite/societe/environnement/la-planete-ne-digere-pas-notre-consommation-de-viande_850778.html

Quand l’industrie de la viande dévore la planète http://blog.mondediplo.net/2012-06-21-Quand-l-industrie-de-la-viande-devore-la-planete

Meat and dairy companies to surpass oil industry as world’s biggest polluters, report finds https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/meat-dairy-industry-greenhouse-gas-emissions-fossil-fuels-oil-pollution-iatp-grain-a8451871.html

Meat eaters are destroying the planet, says WWF's report http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/meat-eating-destroying-planet-report-warning-a7985071.html

Overuse of antibiotics in farming is a major new threat to human health, says UN https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/dec/05/over-use-of-antibiotics-in-farming-is-a-major-new-threat-to-human-health-says-un

http://www.vegplanete.com/ http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2k2clo_4-min-pour-comprendre-le-vrai-poids-de-la-viande-sur-l-environnement_news

Avoiding meat and dairy is ‘single biggest way to reduce your impact on Earth https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/may/31/avoiding-meat-and-dairy-is-single-biggest-way-to-reduce-your-impact-on-earth

Réduire l’impact environnemental de la nourriture via les producteurs et les consommateurs l’importante étude de Peters et al. https://emilebevillon.wordpress.com/2018/06/10/reduire-limpact-environnemental-de-la-nourriture-via-les-producteurs-et-les-consommateurs/

Comment réduire l'impact de l'agriculture mondiale sur la planète ? Pour les scientifiques, la seule solution, c'est #goVegan https://www.facebook.com/brutnatureFR/videos/1044392315709458/

Humans Need to Stop Eating Meat to Reduce Climate Change Crises, Says David Attenborough https://www.livekindly.co/humans-need-stop-eating-meat-reduce-climate-change-crises-planet-earth-host-david-attenborough/

Une étude prévoit que nous serons tous végétariens dans moins de 40 ans à cause du manque d'eau https://www.huffingtonpost.fr/2012/08/28/etude-vegetariens-eau_n_1836720.html

Bryony Hendry says:

Veggie for a few months now ❣️

Stephen Hoskins says:

If we are all gonna die anyway who cares?

nush pahariya says:

Being vegetarian is so easy. I've been one all my life and am living happily and healthy.

A says:

too many false claims

Peter Jolliffe says:

By far the easiest way to save the human race is to make it worthwhile to share the jobs we actually do NEED people to do and work LESS.

CarterhaughBooks says:

Well, DW, over the years I've had a lot of respect for your fairness and accuracy. And now, you've completely blown it. What's the REAL point of such obviously fallacious, false-equivalent, cherry-picked bits of data? First you point out that the methane from cows is far worse for the planet than all combined plane use. Then you criticize the use of planes to transport one particular plant product to Europe. But you just said that planes aren't nearly as bad as animal-farming! Next — do you have any data suggesting that "most or all vegetarians" subsist ALMOST EXCLUSIVELY on Chilean avocados? (Rather than on grains, legumes, and more flexible veggies such as carrots, onions, and peppers.) I'm veg for 45 years, vegan the last 20, I live in California (where, surprise, we grow avo's right here) and I eat some avo once a month at most. What about people who eat large amounts of meat and dairy, but also eat a lot of avo's? Are you implying that there are many extra plane flights from South America to Europe, which are filled with NOTHING but avocados, ONLY to sate some imagined, overwhelming veg*n demand for them? Are we to think that those flights (and the pollution from them) could be completely eliminated by simply forcing veg*ns to switch to eating all meat and dairy, instead of any plant products which might turn out to have been on a plane? Perhaps Europeans should also stop wearing alpaca coats, because I'll bet that alpaca wool cloth requires several unnecessary planes flying from South America full of nothing else, too! I see you didn't mention the vast amount of soil and water pollution caused by runoff from feed-lots and abattoirs So, the ones producing "local" meat don't produce "local" pollution? How about all the animals raised in China for meat exporting to countries thousands of miles away? NOT being shipped by plane, according to you? And this idea that cow poop is helping the planet by making more grass grow – absurd. Do you really expect anyone to believe that deforestation of large areas of Brazilian rainforest is being offset by some grass growing where once there used to be tall trees, vines, and understory all flourishing and absorbing CO2? I see you ridiculously over-simplified, by not figuring in human-health costs: of working in an abattoir, or from eating deadly meat-borne bacteria, or from simply being addicted to a diet that is prone to cause obesity, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and cancer. Ultimately human health also radically impacts the planet. You wouldn't believe the amount of waste generated by a single person bedridden with terminal cancer. My final thought: this stupid little hit-piece sounds exactly like it was created by some guy who is still pissed off at the veg*n girl who recently dumped him because he wasn't even willing to TRY giving up his meat addiction. So, spiteful meat-based-lifestyle defender, maybe you should get some therapy and find out what's so twisted in your personality & values, that you have to create dishonest drivel like this, perhaps as a personal trolling of someone who made you feel inadequate. You know, it might not ONLY be your dietary choices that led to her dumping you.

am designs says:

Interesting how you use the highest water needing fruit than what 90% of the other foods veggies eat… local fruits vegetables grains pulses to name a few
Vegan is the most environmental option to reduce carbon footprint
Vegetarian still contributes greatly three cows milk and hens eggs and in turn contribute to the meat industry when these animals are killed

Kristina Jakob says:

You can buy local fruits and veggies
I learned at school that it is helpful too be vegetarian or vegan

Krisztián Kőrösi says:

Thank you so much DW for adding up the numbers and being objective as always. This is exactly what I said for years when vegans were arguing with me.

2gointruth With Good News of The True Gospel says:

It is every child’s human right to reject all religions, including Christianity, because religions are all led by false prophets who only sell false hope for cash donations. Jesus never wants cash, but always to be obeyed and thereby to live our lives in the way that only he teaches…

“Beware of false prophets; men who come to you dressed up as sheep while underneath they are savage wolves. You will recognize them by the fruits they bear.” – (Matthew 7: 15-16) –

“Do not call any man on earth ‘father’; for you have one Father and he is in heaven. Nor must you be called ‘teacher’; you have one Teacher, the Messiah.” – (Matthew 23: 9-10) –

“Take care that no one misleads you: For many will come claiming my name…”

– (Matthew 24: 4) –

“Many false prophets will arise, and will mislead many; and as lawlessness spreads, men’s love for one another will grow cold. But the man who holds out to the end will be saved. – (Matthew 24: 12-14) –

“God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”

– (John 4: 24) –

“I am the way; I am the truth and I am life; no one comes to the Father except by me. If you knew me you would know my Father too.” – (John 14: 6-7) –

“When you pray, go into a room by yourself, and shut the door. Pray to your Father who is there in the secret place; and your Father who sees what is secret will reward you.

In your prayers do not go babbling on like the heathen, who imagine that the more they say the more likely they are to be heard.

Do not imitate them. Your Father knows what your needs are before you ask him.

This is how you should pray:

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,

Your kingdom come; your will be done, on earth as in heaven,

Give us today our daily bread,

And forgive us the wrong we have done, as we have forgiven those who have wronged us.

And do not bring us to the test, but save us from the evil one.

For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory, for ever.

Amen.

For if you forgive others the wrongs they have done, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; but if you do not forgive others, then the wrongs you have done will not be forgiven by your Father.” – (Matthew 6: 6-15) –

“Pass no judgement, and you will not be judged. For as you judge others, so you will yourselves be judged, and whatever measure you deal out to others will be dealt back to you.” – (Matthew 7: 1-2) –

“Truly I tell you; if anyone obeys my teaching he shall never know what it is to die.” – (John 8: 51) –

“Always treat others as you would like them to treat you: that is the Law and the Prophets.

Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life and only a few find it.” – (Matthew 7: 12-14) –

“I am the gate; anyone who comes into the fold through me shall be safe.” – (John 10: 9) –

“I am the resurrection and I am life. If a man has faith in me, even though he dies, he shall come to life; and no one who is alive and has faith shall ever die.” – (John 11: 25-26) –

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” – (Matthew 7: 21) –

“I have not come to judge the world, but to save the world”

– (John 12: 47) –

“Whoever then will acknowledge me before men, I will acknowledge him before my Father in heaven; and whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven.” – (Matthew 10: 32-34) –

“The disciples came and asked Jesus, ‘Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of Heaven?’ He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: ‘Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of Heaven.

Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of Heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.

If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, It would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.

Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to stumble! Such things must come, but woe to the person through whom they come!’” – (Matthew 18: 1-7) –

“An expert in the law, [a leading religious Pharisee] tested him with this question: ‘Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?’ He answered, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind. That is the greatest commandment. It comes first. The second is like it: Love your neighbour as yourself. Everything in the Law and the Prophets hangs on these two commandments.’” – (Matthew 22: 35-40) –

“There is no greater love than this, that a man should lay down his life for his friends.” – (John 15: 13) –

"Stay awake, and pray that you may be spared the test: The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak." – (Matthew 26: 41) –

“And be assured, I am with you always, to the end of time.” – (Matthew 28: 20) –

“One of the criminals who hung there also mocked and taunted him: ‘Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself, and us!’ But the other criminal rebuked him. ‘Have you no fear of God? You are under the same sentence as he. For us it is plain justice; we are paying the price for our misdeeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.’ And he said, ‘Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.’ He answered, “I tell you this: today you shall be with me in Paradise.’” – (Luke 23: 39-43) –

“For it is my Father’s will that everyone who looks upon the Son and puts his faith in him shall possess eternal life; and I will raise him up on the last day” – (John 6: 40) –

Yours always, in true Spirit and in prayer, 2gointruth, Sunday the 9th of December, 2018: – (Matthew 5:14-16) – Where every minute can be a new beginning for any one of us:

Here are more references for further study…

– (Genesis 3: 24) – (Genesis 6: 5-6) – (Genesis 6: 11) – (Genesis 8: 21) – (Exodus 12: 17) –

– (Exodus 25: 18-22) – (Leviticus 19: 18) – (Leviticus 26: 11-12) – (Deuteronomy 8: 3-4) –

– (Deuteronomy 18: 18) – (Deuteronomy 29: 29) – (Joshua 22: 5) – (2 Samuel 6: 2) –

– (2 Samuel 7: 12-14) – (Psalm 2: 2) – (Psalm 10: 3-7) – (Psalm 14: 1) – (Psalm 15) –

– (Psalm 22) – (Psalm 66: 1) – (Proverbs 8: 17) – (Proverbs 15: 7-8) – (Isaiah 7: 14) –

– (Isaiah 9: 6-7) – (Isaiah 52: 13) – (Isaiah 53) – (Isaiah 61: 1) – (Jeremiah 31: 31-34) –

– (Jeremiah 47: 6-7) – (Ezekiel 28: 14-16 ) – (Daniel 7: 13-14) – (Micah 5: 4) –

– (Micah 7: 6) – (Zephaniah 1: 7) – (Zechariah 9: 9) – (Zechariah 12: 10) –

– (Also worth noting, are Aristotle, Confucius, Plato and Socrates, even Gandhi a humble

man qualified in British Law and well-read in most all scriptures; he has also said; “You must

be the change that you wish to see in the world.”) –

– (Matthew 4: 19) – (Matthew 5: 10-12) – (Matthew 5:17) – (Matthew 5:19-20) –

– (Matthew 5: 43-48) – (Matthew 6: 2-4) – (Matthew 7: 5) – (Matthew 7: 7-11) –

– (Matthew 7: 24-27) – (Matthew 10: 32-34) – (Matthew 11: 28-30) – (Matthew 12: 30-37) –

– (Matthew 23: 9-10) – (Mark 1: 9-11) – (Mark 9: 50) – (Mark 15: 4-5) – (((Luke 1: 1-4))) –

– (Luke 4: 1-13) – (Luke 6: 22-36) – (Luke 6: 39) – (Luke 6: 46-49) – (Luke 9: 23-26) –

– (Luke 12: 40) – (Luke 12: 48) – (John 6: 51) – (John 6: 53-58) – (John 7: 16-18) –

– (John 8: 34-35) – (John 8: 12) – (John 8: 32) – (John 8: 58) – (John 10: 10-11) –

– (John 10: 14-17) – (John 11: 25-26) – (John 12: 25-26) – (John 12: 44-50) –

– (John 13: 34) – (John 14: 6-7) – (John 17: 24-26) – (((John 21: 24-25))) –

Alexander Hay-Whitton says:

Nothing but population control can save us.

Ou8y2k2 says:

Answer: no.

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