How much money would we save if the world becomes vegan?
Mr. Joop Oude Lohuis – Team Manager, Climate and Global Sustainability unit, Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency: We are now at the point that science has more and better numbers on the effect of changing our diet and eating less meat.
A study by the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency found that global dietary change would reduce the cost of mitigating global warming.
The cost to lower atmospheric greenhouse gas levels: US$40 trillion by 2050.
• A global shift to a low-meat diet could save 50% of total mitigation cost.
• A global shift to a meat-free diet could save 70% of total cost.
• A global shift to an animal-free vegan diet would save climate mitigation costs by more than 80%.
Dr. Joop Oude Lohuis: That is a substantial cost reduction in getting to the same climate targets.
Not only governments, but individuals save too.
Mr. Joop Oude Lohuis: It’s a lot cheaper than buying photovoltaic cells on your house, or buying a hybrid car. It’s a very easy way to change your buying behavior and have a fantastic quality of your meal.
Videoconference with Supreme Master Ching Hai Save Our Earth Conference 2009 South Korea – April 26, 2009