Mission: To raise awareness that shifting from an animal-based to a plant-based diet – along with eliminating current high rates of food waste – is a necessary, immediate, and affordable (yet often downplayed) component of mitigating global warming and depletion.
Core values: Compassion, kindness, and fun.
Who’s welcome: Carnivores, omnivores, flexitarians, pescatarians, vegetarians, vegans… i.e., anyone and everyone!
What we do: Along with discussing the hows and whys in respectful, constructive group settings, we’ll lend our collective hands to help support those individuals taking incremental steps toward reaching their goals.
What we don’t do: Shame anyone for their food choices, a.k.a. act as the “vegan police,” or discourage any views from being voiced.
How we do it: Movie screenings, presentations, book discussions, potlucks, cooking classes, and more.
Think: An infinitely interesting, new, fun, creative, delicious, horizon-widening compassionate party!
Don’t think: Boredom, deprivation, or perfection.
To learn a lot more about this issue in a matter of minutes, watch the brief clip below and read astounding facts (with citations) here.
Experts are saying:
- UN urges global move to meat and dairy-free diet: “Lesser consumption of animal products is necessary to save the world from the worst impacts of climate change.”
- Climatic Change, The importance of reduced meat and dairy consumption for meeting stringent climate change targets: Targeting the fossil fuel industry alone is insufficient because “the agricultural emissions … may be too high. Thus we have to take action in both sectors.”
- Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, report Livestock – Climate Change’s Forgotten Sector: Global Public Opinion on Meat and Dairy Consumption: “Human consumption of meat and dairy products is a major driver of climate change, but this new paper finds that there is a major lack of public awareness and understanding of the link between eating meat and dairy and climate change.”
- A recent Oxford University study: People who eat meat are responsible for almost twice as many dietary greenhouse-gas emissions per day as vegetarians and about two-and-a-half times as many emissions as vegans.
- Ilmi Granoff of the Overseas Development Institute in the United Kingdom: “The fastest way to address climate change would be to dramatically reduce the amount of meat people eat.”
- Lead scientist Dr Fredrik Hedenus of a study done by Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden: “We have shown that reducing meat and dairy consumption is key to bringing agricultural climate pollution down to safe levels.”
- The UK Department for Energy and Climate Change: Developed a Global Calculator showing the current Western diet is incompatible with climate action goals (summary here).
- Shrink That Footprint “compares the carbon footprints of five different American diets and finds that when it comes to foodprints, vegans lead the way.”
- Science Illustrated: “A vegetarian diet could be the best solution to the increasing water scarcity problem the world is facing. It would mean that the crops grown would be used to feed people instead of feeding livestock.”
- National Geographic: “On average, a vegan, a person who doesn’t eat meat or dairy, indirectly consumes nearly 600 gallons of water per day less than a person who eats the average American diet.”
Greenhouse gas impact: The consensus is that this is a significant source of emissions, including powerful methane and nitrous oxide, and one that each individual can mitigate by minimizing global demand through their daily food choices.
The “global depletion” factor: Whether on a factory farm or a small-scale farm, rearing animals for food uses a disproportionately large amount of resources compared to growing crops for direct human consumption. Animal agriculture is also being called a primary driver of deforestation, water depletion and pollution, rainforest destruction, species extinction, habitat loss, topsoil erosion, ocean dead zones, and virtually every other environmental ill (see more at bottom).
Policy change: This is more than a personal change. Much like the fossil fuel giants, the powerful animal agriculture industry is heavily subsidized and influences government agencies through lobbyists. Adding to the challenge, the majority of us are highly biased toward consuming their products – most at every single meal – due to current taste preference, cultural and social norms, and a half-century of ubiquitous marketing.
To join us, contact us and specify your interest in the Planet-Based Diet team!
HERE ARE A FEW FACTS:
- A four-person family skipping steak once a week for a year is like taking their car off the road for nearly three months. (Environmental Working Group)
- Growing feed crops for livestock consumes 56% of water in the U.S. (Center for Science in the Public Interest)
- One hamburger requires 660 gallons of water to produce. This is equal to about 2 months worth of showers (daily 5 minute showers). (EPA)
- The leading causes of rainforest destruction are livestock and feedcrops. (FAO)
- 1.5 acres can produce 37,000 pounds of plant-based food. 1. 5 acres can produce 375 pounds of meat. (Food Choice and Sustainability)
- We throw away 165 billion dollars worth of food per year in America. That’s more than the budgets for America’s national parks, public libraries, federal prisons, veteran’s health care, the FBI, and the FDA combined. (Washington Post)