Excellent article by Nassim Nobari in Counterpunch explaining why its the millions of micro-organisms in the soil that maintain soil health and lead to healthy plants rather than requiring grazing animals, as many regenerative agriculture advocates insist. “Dr Amir Kassam closed his talk by bringing attention to the fact that he had not mentioned farmed… Read More Why Regenerative Agriculture Doesn’t Need Cows
“Carter adds that ‘eat local’ trends, such as the 100 Mile Diet, are not supported by any environmental research. Instead, he cites the work of top environmental researchers, Joseph Poore and Thomas Nemecek, who in 2018 conducted a study of 40,000 commercial farms across 119 countries, representing 90% of all food products. “They concluded that… Read More Planet Friendly Foods: LOCAL BEEF VS. IMPORTED BEANS: WHICH IS BETTER FOR THE PLANET?
This article on Medium “The Economics of Veganism” summarises the findings of a 2016 study by the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food, published by PNAS, which researched the health and climate benefits of dietary change.
An article I wrote for Vegan Directory UK about gardening without using animal inputs. Original article here: https://vegandirectory.uk/2020/04/07/vegan-gardening-guide/
I heard this on Radio 4 (can’t remember which programme it was): 55% of farmland in the UK is used to grow feed for farmed animals, a highly inefficient way of producing food. If we were plant-based, the UK could be self-sufficient for food. According to Global Food Security UK: The UK is not self-sufficient… Read More Self-Sufficiency in the UK
Today in Cambridge professor of continental philosophy at Anglia Ruskin University, Patricia MacCormack, launched her book The Ahuman Manifesto: Activism for the End of the Anthropocene. In the book she argues that the only solution to climate change is to let the human race become extinct. Professor MacCormack touches on subjects such as religion, identity politics,… Read More The Ahuman Manifesto
In an article published by Macska Moksha Press, Kollibri terre Sonnenblume puts forward the argument that it’s not (just) capitalism that is causing mass damage to the Earth, but human civilisation itself. And this subtle distinction is important because it means that solutions, and indeed blame, does not become politically framed as a “left-vs-right”, capiltaism… Read More Civilisation is Driving Ecocide
The research paper “The Best Wildflowers for Wild Bees” published in the December 2019 edition of the Journal of Insect Conservation looks at the wildflower mixes available in Governmental agri-environment schemes (AES) aimed at improving pollinator abundance and diversity. The researchers found that the wildflowers in such mixes were not particularly great for wild bees, and suggests… Read More The Best Wildflowers for Wild Bees
Little Green Seedling dismantles the argument that because some land can’t be used to grow crops, it should be used to farm animals, arguing that if we all followed a plant-based diet we wouldn’t necessarily need to use this land for crops anyway, questioning whether such land is really not suitable for plant crops and… Read More What about land that can’t be used to grow crops?
On Monday 8th October 2018, the IPCC (the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), issued their special report (https://www.ipcc.ch/report/sr15/) focused on the importance of keeping global warming to within 1.5°C of pre-industrial levels, or else the world will suffer dire consequences. Since then, the news media has been full of articles, letters and posts on… Read More Eating vegan is better than eating local
Taken from “Biodiversity, land use and ecosystem services—An organismic and comparative approach to different geographical regions” – Scientific Figure on ResearchGate. Available from: https://www.researchgate.net/Estimations-of-the-total-global-biomass-organically-bound-carbon-regarding-humans-wild_fig3_314653548 [accessed 10 Aug, 2018]: Fig. 3. Estimations of the total global biomass (organically bound carbon) regarding humans, wild terrestrial mammals and large domesticated animals (livestock) for the years 1900 and 2000… Read More Livestock vs Wildlife vs Humans
In this edition of the BBC Radio 4 programme Inside Science – first broadcast BBC Radio 4 on 17th November 2016 – the question of meat’s contribution to climate change is discussed after in the previous week’s broadcast a climate change scientist confirmed that being vegan would reduce your carbon footprint by 50% compared to… Read More Meat and greenhouse gas emissions, and the grass-fed fallacy
This article published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows how growing plant-based food to replace animal-based foods can produce 2x to 20x more nutrition per unit of crop land, and complete replacement of animal-based products would produce more benefit than attempting to eliminate all supply chain losses: With a third of… Read More The opportunity cost of animal based diets exceeds all food losses (PNAS)
The ecological disaster associated with meat has been known about for a long time. This news report from 2006 by the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) describes how livestock production is responsible for 18% of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, 37% of methane (which is 23 times as strong as CO2… Read More Livestock a major threat to environment (FAO Newsroom)
Dr Julian Vigo writes in The Ecologist magazine how the massively negative environmental impact of meat production is largely ignored by the largest environmental charities, how the meat industry’s “holy grail” of grass-fed beef is unsustainable as an option, and thus our best option is to become vegan. Link to the full article on The… Read More The under-reported ecological disaster of meat (The Ecologist)
On 31st May The Guardian newspaper published an article that explains why avoiding meat and dairy products is the single biggest way to reduce your environmental impact on the planet citing the biggest analysis to date which reveals huge footprint of livestock and that it provides just 18% of calories but takes up 83% of… Read More Avoiding meat and dairy is ‘single biggest way’ to reduce your impact on Earth (Guardian)
It seems that almost every day we see reports in the news about how bees are in decline, and that something needs to be done to help bees. Public concern over the issue is at a high level. Even vegans are advocating creating honeybee hives, even if not to consume their honey. But is this… Read More How to Help the Bees
“A report from the World Wildlife Fund revealed that 60 per cent of global biodiversity loss is down to meat consumption, and this is only projected to worsen.” “The livestock industry uses up approximately a third of the land on Earth. It decimates forests and grasslands, reducing unique ecosystems to grazing land for animals or land to cultivate their feed.”… Read More Why Meat Consumption Is Causing Mass Wildlife Extinction