Paul discusses the benefits of being vegetarian and how a plant based diet is less taxing on the environment.
And Gwyneth finally comes clean about those “mostly vegetarian” but liking turkey rumors.
“I am not a vegetarian, but when I heard about “Meat Free Monday,” I was intrigued. I had never thought about the environmental impact of raising livestock.”
Paul gives several points of discussion from the 2006 United Nations Report:
“Livestock production is the largest source of water pollutants, principally animal wastes, antibiotics, hormones, chemicals from tanneries, fertilizers and pesticides used for feed crops, and sediments from eroded pastures.”
“The meat industry is set to double its production by 2050 so even if they manage to lower emissions by 50%, as they have promised to, we will still be in the same position.”
“A third of all cereal crops, and well over 90% of soya, goes into animal feed, not food for humans. Eating less meat will free up a lot of agricultural land which can revert to growing trees and other vegetation, which, in turn, will absorb more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.”
Want more facts?
Make today your first Meat-Free Monday and visit Gwyneth’s Goop.
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