While President Bill Clinton espoused the benefits of healthy vegan eating on CNN, Clinton's colleague Al Gore took the stage to encourage Americans to reduce their meat consumption for the health of the planet. In a recent interview, the former Vice President said that the shift toward a more meat-intensive diet and the clearing of forests around the world to make room to graze farmed animals is a big part of the problem when it comes to global warming.
And Gore is not alone in his stance against excessive meat consumption. Just last month, the Environmental Working Group released The Meat Eater's Guide to Climate Change and Health, encouraging Americans to eat less meat and cheese, and last year, the United Nations declared that a global shift toward a vegan diet is vital to save the world from the most devastating impacts of climate change. Two years earlier, the Pew Charitable Trusts found that industrial animal agriculture "presents an unacceptable level of risk to public health and damage to the environment, as well as unnecessary harm to the animals we raise for food."
How do our food choices affect climate change? Animal agriculture is an extremely inefficient and resource-intensive way to produce food for the growing human population. It pollutes our environment, while consuming huge amounts of water, grain, petroleum, pesticides and drugs.
Cutting back or eliminating consumption of animal products not only helps the environment and lowers the risk of serious health problems, such as obesity, heart disease, stroke and some types of cancers, it also helps put an end to the unnecessary suffering of farmed animals.
To start on your healthy, green and cruelty-free path, please visit ChooseVeg.com for helpful eating tips and delicious vegan recipes.
Al Gore Says Eat Less Meat to Fight Global Warming
by - August 30, 2011