“2010 Living Planet Report” by the World Wildlife Fund, which measures
the global consumption of natural resources, has found that natural
resources are currently being consumed at 1.5 times the capacity that
Earth can provide.
By measuring each country’s carbon, water,
and other resources, and then calculating the amounts used by an average
person, the WWF found that some countries have such enormous ecological
footprints that they would use the resources of six planets if everyone
on Earth lived in the same manner.
Such excessive levels of
consumption are placing immense pressure on natural habitats and the
wildlife they support, which is reflected in a 30% decline of
biodiversity across the globe since 1970 with tropical regions
devastated losses of 60%.
In calculating what is known as an
Ecological Footprint, the report identified human activities that use
land or aquatic environments and found that livestock raising, including
crops raised for feed, as well as fishing, result in immense
Thus, WWF UK Chief Executive David Nussbaum
urges for reductions in dietary meat consumption as a logical way to
preserve both resources and biodiversity.
Many thanks, Chief
Executive Nussbaum and World Wildlife Fund for this report, highlighting
our urgent need to simplify for the sake of the Earth’s survival. Let
us swiftly transition to the resource-sparing plant-based diet to help
restore the balance of life on the planet.
Speaking with concern
about the damage to our ecosphere during an interview published in the
December 16, 2009 edition of The Irish Dog Journal, Supreme Master Ching
Hai affirmed the critical need to stop meat consumption for the
preservation of the Earth.
Supreme Master Ching Hai:
The livestock sector is the single largest human use of land, and the
top driving force behind rainforest destruction. The livestock industry
causes a large part of the world’s soil erosion. It is a leading driver
of desertification, biodiversity loss, and water waste, and water
pollution – despite water becoming scarcer each day due to global
Moreover, the livestock sector inefficiently drains our
fossil fuel and food grain resources. In short, we throw away 12 times
more grain, at least 10 times more water, and 8 times more fossil fuel
energy to produce a portion of beef compared to a nutritionally similar
or even greater amount of vegan food.
A major study predicts that all fished animals will be 90% gone by 2050 due to overfishing and over wasting bycatch.
it is such an alarming picture when we think about the billions of
animals killed each year for so-called food. Fifty-five billion, which
is not even counting fish and other species! That is 8 times more
innocent beings murdered each year than there are people on the Earth.
pray that our world’s leaders will take swift actions to ban the
destructive meat production and, instead, use subsidies for organic
vegan farming which helps absorb emissions.