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Environmental vegetarianism

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**Environmental Impact of Meat Consumption:**
– Livestock sector contributes 80% of agricultural emissions.
– Meat production involves large energy loss and contributes to environmental degradation.
– Animal agriculture contributes to global warming, air pollution, land degradation, energy use, deforestation, and biodiversity decline.
– Meat consumption leads to resource-intensive food production.
– Livestock sector contributes 18% of global GHG emissions.
– Meat-based diets require more resources than vegetarian diets.
– Meat production requires more energy, land, and water resources.
– Livestock rearing contributes to land degradation and malnutrition.
– Meat production contributes to deforestation, habitat loss, and water pollution.
– Grazing livestock can degrade land and contribute to desertification.

**Benefits of Plant-Based Diets:**
– Plant-based diets have a lower environmental footprint compared to meat-based diets.
– Transitioning to plant-based diets can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
– Plant-based diets are more resource-efficient and sustainable.
– Eating plant-based can help conserve water and reduce pollution.
– Plant-based diets have been linked to lower rates of chronic diseases.
– Reducing meat and dairy consumption is a major way to lower environmental impact.
– Solutions for water scarcity involve reducing water footprints.

**Global Impact of Meat Consumption:**
– Rising global meat consumption is unsustainable for the environment.
– Meat production contributes to biodiversity loss and species extinction.
– The demand for meat is increasing, putting pressure on land and resources.
– Livestock farming requires vast amounts of land, water, and feed.
– Addressing meat consumption is crucial for mitigating climate change.
– Meat production is linked to half of all greenhouse gas emissions.
– Livestock production contributes significantly to greenhouse gas emissions.
– Livestock farming poses challenges to sustainability.
– Livestock production has implications for global trade and demand.
– Livestock farming affects biodiversity and natural habitats.

**Health and Environmental Benefits of Veganism:**
– Vegan diets have been associated with lower carbon footprints.
– Eliminating animal products can reduce the risk of certain diseases.
Veganism can contribute to a more sustainable food system.
– Plant-based diets are rich in nutrients and can support overall health.
Veganism aligns with principles of environmental conservation and animal welfare.
– Realistic modifications to diets, emphasizing plant-based foods, could lead to significant GHG emission reductions.
– Shifting focus from animal rearing to plant cultivation in the US could sustain more people.
– The feed conversion ratio for beef production is estimated at 2.6 pounds of grain per pound of meat in developed countries.

**Scientific Research and Recommendations:**
– Studies suggest that reducing meat consumption can lower greenhouse gas emissions.
– Transitioning to plant-based diets could feed a growing global population sustainably.
– Reports and studies advocate for a substantial worldwide shift away from animal products.
– Scientists and organizations call for a drastic reduction in per capita meat consumption to address environmental challenges.
– Calls for substantial reductions in meat consumption to support human health and environmental sustainability are increasing globally.

Environmental vegetarianism is the practice of vegetarianism that is motivated by the desire to create a sustainable diet, which avoids the negative environmental impact of meat production. Livestock as a whole is estimated to be responsible for around 15% of global greenhouse gas emissions. As a result, significant reduction in meat consumption has been advocated by, among others, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in their 2019 special report and as part of the 2017 World Scientists' Warning to Humanity.

All types of meat but especially lamb and beef generate several times more greenhouse gas emissions in their production than plant-based foods.

Other than climate change, the livestock industry is the primary driver behind biodiversity loss and deforestation and is significantly relevant to environmental concerns such as water and land use, pollution, and unsustainability.

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