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Jun 2, 2010

UNEP Report - Fighting Climate Change Requires Global Move to Reduce Meat & Dairy Consumption

The Guardian reported on 2 June 2010 that the international panel of sustainable resource management at the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) has issued a report concluding that the growing global population and the fight against climate change require restricting diets rich in meat and dairy. 

According to Professor Edgar Hertwich, the principle author of the report ,  "[a]nimal 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."  Agriculture was "on a par with fossil fuel consumption because both rise rapidly with increased economic growth."

The report concluded that "[r]ising affluence is triggering a shift in diets towards meat and dairy products - livestock now consumes much of the world's crops and by inference a great deal of freshwater, fertilisers and pesticides."  In fact, it accounts for "70% of global freshwater consumption, 38% of the total land use and 19% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions."

For more see:
 
Carus, Felicity. "UN urges global move to meat and dairy-free diet; Lesser consumption of animal products is necessary to save the world from the worst impacts of climate change, UN report says." The Guardian, London, 2 June 2010.
 
Hertwich, E., van der Voet, E., Suh, S., Tukker, A., Huijbregts M., Kazmierczyk, P., Lenzen, M., McNeely, J., Moriguchi, Y. (eds.) Assessing the Environmental Impacts of Consumption and Production: Priority Products and Materials, A Report of the Working Group on the Environmental Impacts of Products and Materials to the International Panel for Sustainable Resource Management. UNEP (2010)

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