Save the planet: Go ve­gan

Baltimore Sun - - FROM PAGE ONE - Bob Cartier, Rockville

Right on the heels of ut­ter dev­as­ta­tion wrought by hurricanes Florence and Michael comes an alarm­ing re­port in the pres­ti­gious jour­nal Na­ture that mit­i­ga­tion of global cli­mate change will re­quire a mas­sive switch to plant-based eat­ing.

The re­port con­cludes that global warm­ing threat­ens the world's very food sup­ply, in ad­di­tion to gen­er­at­ing scorch­ing heat, rag­ing wild­fires, dev­as­tat­ing hurricanes, mas­sive flood­ing, and ris­ing sea lev­els. It was com­piled by an in­ter­na­tional panel of 23 cli­mate ex­perts and fol­lows the lat­est warn­ing about ris­ing tem­per­a­tures by the United Na­tions In­ter­gov­ern­men­tal Panel on Cli­mate Change.

A 2010 United Na­tions re­port blamed an­i­mal agri­cul­ture for 19 per­cent of green­house gas emis­sions, 70 per­cent of fresh­wa­ter use and 38 per­cent of land use. Car­bon diox­ide is emit­ted by burn­ing forests to cre­ate an­i­mal pas­tures and by op­er­at­ing fac­tory farms. The more dam­ag­ing meth­ane and ni­trous ox­ide are re­leased from di­ges­tive tracts of cat­tle and from an­i­mal waste cesspools, re­spec­tively.

In an en­vi­ron­men­tally sus­tain­able world, just as we re­place fos­sil fu­els by wind, so­lar, and other pol­lu­tion-free en­ergy sources, we must also re­place meat and dairy prod­ucts in our diet by veg­eta­bles, fruits, and grains.

Our next su­per­mar­ket visit of­fers a su­perb op­por­tu­nity to get started.

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