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    greendoc

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    Other things you can do might have bigger impact….

This study suggests veganism is more powerful: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29853680

The study, published in the journal Science, created a huge dataset based on almost 40,000 farms in 119 countries and covering 40 food products that represent 90% of all that is eaten. It assessed the full impact of these foods, from farm to fork, on land use, climate change emissions, freshwater use and water pollution (eutrophication) and air pollution (acidification).

“A vegan diet is probably the single biggest way to reduce your impact on planet Earth, not just greenhouse gases, but global acidification, eutrophication, land use and water use,” said Joseph Poore, at the University of Oxford, UK, who led the research. “It is far bigger than cutting down on your flights or buying an electric car.”

I think grazing animals play a beneficial part in carbon sequestration, but I also think the planet is too small for everyone on it currently to eat non-CAFO meat and dairy every day.  Even being a vegan 75% of the time would be a huge help.  Plus planting trees where they are needed most: the Amazon, China, Australia, US and Canada.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2019-07-05/climate-change-tree-planting-carbon-dioxide/11267556

 

Meanwhile, I keep formally asking my professsional association to stop asking its members to fly to attend conferences when webinar technology exists.  I personally try to fly only once a year to visit my elderly parents, but since I am mostly vegan/whole foods plant based (which cured my asthma!) I won’t beat myself up any longer if I want to go to Mexico this winter.