UN urges global move to meat and dairy-free diet

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UN urges global move to meat and dairy-free diet

Postby Lentil » Thu Aug 26, 2010 2:28 pm

Read this today - from Guardian

A global shift towards a vegan diet is vital to save the world from hunger, fuel poverty and the worst impacts of climate change, a UN report said today.

As the global population surges towards a predicted 9.1 billion people by 2050, western tastes for diets rich in meat and dairy products are unsustainable, says the report from United Nations Environment Programme's (UNEP) international panel of sustainable resource management.

It says: "Impacts from agriculture are expected to increase substantially due to population growth increasing consumption of animal products. Unlike fossil fuels, it is difficult to look for alternatives: people have to eat. A substantial reduction of impacts would only be possible with a substantial worldwide diet change, away from animal products."

rest of artice at http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2 ... -free-diet

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