EAT PLANT-BASED FOOD

Eating more vegetables drastically reduces our impact on Planet Earth. If you eat plant-based, local and seasonal food, you definitely waste fewer resources.

Intensive animal farming has had the biggest impact and is the major cause for land use change. A research made between 1960 and 2011 highlighted that 65% of lands has been used to produce animal-based food, thus destroying forests, savannah and grassland.

In Europe, 71% of farmland is reserved to animal farming, of which 63% is used to produce animal feed, while the remaining 8% is left to grazing lands and the farms where animals are bred.

Intensive animal farming is to be considered as one of the factors responsible for climate change due to the greenhouse gas emissions it causes. If people around the world do not change the way they eat, the system is foreseen to collapse by 2050.

Perspectives are not better for oceans and seas. If we continue to the current standards, the fish that we currently eat will disappear from the Mediterranean sea by 2048.

Trawling is one of the reasons why the marine habitat is being destroyed. Fishing nets pulled through the water collect everything they find on their way. It has been estimated that 40% of marine creatures that remain trapped into the nets may not be put on the market!

These data highlight that we are causing an emergency to the planet ecosystem and this is due to preserve mere economic interests. This is even more tragici f we consider that animal-based food only provides for 18% of calories and 37% of proteins!

The emergency the Planet is now facing was well described in the Ipbes report, i.e. the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, presented on May 2018 at the Unesco premises in Paris. 

Prepared by 145 leading experts from more than 50 countries and by 310 contributors, the assessments took over 3 years to analyse around 15 thousand scientific and governmental sources. The purpose of the report was to assess changes occurred in the last 50 years and it resulted that around 1 million animal and plant species find themselves under threat of extinction, i.e. 1 species out of 8! According to the IPBES assessnments, 75% of the surfaces above sea level and around 66% of the sea habitat have been dramatically changed by human intervention!

«We are eroding the very foundations of our economies, livelihoods, food security, health and quality of life worldwide” – commented Sir Robert Watson, President of Ipbes. “The report, however, tells us that it is not too late to make a difference, but only if we change now and at all levels, locally and globally.»

If, for instance, we used lands to produce the food we really need and not to produce huge amounts of livestock feed, then the consumption of soil and water and the production of greenhouse gas emissions would be considerably lower.

Eating plant-based food is a sustainable choice and an act of love towards the planet and the animals.

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