Many people falsely believe that if we weren't using animals for their food and excretions, they would either take over the planet or go extinct.
It's time for a top-down approach to sustainability. A top-down approach does not assume that any improvement is a failure. It celebrates any and all progress and uses them as fuel to motivate future change. In this way, we are constantly building on our achievements and creating a positive change model.
This is part 3 in my series asking What is the most sustainable diet? If you're interested, check out Part 1 and Part 2 in the series. To sum up the first two parts in this series: Talking about sustainability is COMPLICATED. There are a lot of different definitions of what is included in sustainability. Sustainability measurements often use … Continue reading What is the most sustainable diet?: Part 3
This is the second part in my series exploring the question: What is the most sustainable diet. Check out part 1. As I have discussed previously, sustainability is a complicated and highly contested topic. While there a wide variety of areas that can be included under sustainability, it is often primarily understood in terms of climate change and … Continue reading What is the most sustainable diet?: Part 2
While a day doesn't seem to go by without someone mentioning the continuing increase in meat consumption, it's not that simple. In fact, while food consumption growth is, indeed, outpacing overall population growth, meat consumption is actually decreasing. Yes, certain types of meat (mainly poultry) continue to be eaten at rates higher than population growth in 'developing' countries, … Continue reading Meeting demands for less meat
One of my favorite comics by vegan sidekick is a simple one. There are four frames. The first shows a person sitting on a couch while another person cuts a pig’s throat in front of him. “Stop it,” the person on the couch says, “that’s horrible.” In the second frame, the butcher is in the man’s backyard … Continue reading At What Distance Do You Stop Caring?
The claim has been made again and again that intensified animal agriculture has enabled better access to sufficient and nutritious diets for people around the world. There is simply no proof that this is true and, in reality, research shows that the global expansion of meat production has contributed to global poverty and hunger. Even though … Continue reading Meat and Poverty
It may come as a surprise to most people that the European Union (EU) has been openly discussing the potential benefits of reducing animal food consumption for nearly two decades. In fact, in 1998 they described reducing consumption as ‘arguably‘ the best way to address the environmental problems caused by animal food production . As they … Continue reading Something Needs to Change