- Health. A study conducted by Harvard University with tens of thousands of men and women found that regular meat consumption increases colon cancer risk by 300%. In fact, meat consumption is linked to leading diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke, cancer, and obesity. A vegan diet significantly helps prevent and reverse these conditions. (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine)
- World hunger.If everyone ate a plant-based diet, there would be enough food to satisfy 10 billion people.
- Economics. By shifting to a vegan diet, the world’s governments would save US$32 trillion by 2050, or a full 80% of total climate mitigation costs. (Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency)
- If farmers in the American Midwest switched from raising livestock to growing fruits and vegetables, US$882 million could be generated in regional sales, with 9,300 jobs created and labor income increased by US$395 million.
- Producing veg alternatives to meat products is considered a smart and attractive opportunity for the food industry. (Goodland)
- UN recommends tax on livestock.
A report issued by the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) recommends levying fees for livestock as a way to reduce this sector’s emission of greenhouse gases, currently estimated at 7,000 billion tons of CO2 equivalent annually.
- The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the European Commission calls for less meat. UNEP and European Commission have jointly launched a major report calling for radical change in the way that economies use resources, emphasizing that a global drop in meat consumption is vital to avoid devastating impacts to the environment.