Veg­gie hour

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

ON March 19, many of us will be turn­ing off the lights for Earth Hour. While this will make for a nice ro­man­tic meal, if you truly want to com­bat cli­mate change, cross off meat, eggs and dairy prod­ucts from your shop­ping list. An­i­mals prod­ucts – whether eaten by can­dle­light or not – re­quire more re­sources and cause more green­house-gas emis­sions than do plant-based foods.

Ac­cord­ing to World­watch In­sti­tute, an­i­mal agri­cul­ture is re­spon­si­ble for up to 51% of hu­man-caused green­house gases.

Each year, hu­mans kill 60 bil­lion land an­i­mals for food – that's about seven mil­lion an­i­mals ev­ery hour. The live­stock sec­tor is one of the largest sources of car­bon diox­ide and the sin­gle largest source of both methane and ni­trous ox­ide, green­houses gases that are 25 and 300 times more po­tent than car­bon diox­ide, re­spec­tively.

A study from the In­sti­tute for Eco­log­i­cal Econ­omy Re­search shows a meat-eater’s diet is re­spon­si­ble for seven times more green­house gases than a ve­gan’s diet. So blow out the can­dle, turn on the lights and get into the kitchen and cook a veg­gie meal this Earth Hour.

Ash­ley Fruno,

PETA Aus­tralia

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