As of this week’s announcement, 60 percent of the vertebrates on the planet have become extinct since 1970, which is an extremely rapid pace of biological devastation. In large part, the food industry is responsible for this. Fishing and agriculture are two of the most prominent factors contributing to the depletion of both terrestrial and marine biological systems. The main reason for this is that affluent people consume more meat than poor people, which is the most significant factor of all. It is possible to nod our heads in agreement with the clearing of forests, the murder of predators, the killing of sharks, and the drainage of wetlands, provided that it is done at our direction.
Forests are being cleared at an alarming rate.
According to a research paper published in the Guardian from Argentina, the huge woods of the Gran Chaco are on the verge of extinction as they are being replaced by deserts of soya beans, which are being utilised to transport animal feed, particularly to Europe. Currently, with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro in office, deforestation in the Amazon is expected to accelerate, with a significant portion of this acceleration being fueled by the meat campaign that helped him win election. Indonesia’s beautiful forests, such as those in West Papua, are being hacked down and devoured at an alarmingly rapid rate for oil palm production.
The most important environmental change we can make is to reduce the amount of land and ocean space used for fishing and farming. This entails, most crucially, adopting a plant-based dietary regimen: enquire about the foods that are provided in the journal. According to scientific evidence, omitting animal products from the diet would reduce the global need for agriculture by 76 percent. Even if it is popular belief, grass-fed beef is not an option since it is an extremely wasteful use of vast tracts of land that might otherwise benefit wild ecosystems and species in one way or the other.