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About one fifth of all emissions that cause climate change come from the production of meat and dairy products (milk, cheese, ice cream). They cause more emissions than all cars, trucks, aircraft and ships together. Production of meat from ruminant animals (beef and lamb meat) leads to the largest emissions. In order to cope with a maximum of 1.5-2 degrees of warming of the planet, consumption of meat and dairy products must decrease sharply – while fossil fuels (coal, oil and gas) are phased out. Both things are necessary to prevent a climate disaster. The easiest and most effective way for many to reduce their own climate impact is to eat less meat and dairy products and more protein crops, vegetables and fruits.
In order to support a growing world population with food and water, we need to use farmland far more effectively than today. Of all the surface area used for food production, 80 per cent is for the production of meat and dairy products, ie animal breeding and animal feed. Only 20 percent are used for herbal food for humans. To produce meat requires at least ten times as much land as growing vegetables with the corresponding nutrition and energy content. It is also extremely water-intensive, compared with the production of vegetables. Consumption of meat and dairy products therefore needs to be reduced sharply and replaced by more vegetable food. In order to get the necessary proteins and amino acids, protein crops are excellente sources, such as beans, lentils, chickpeas, soya and oats.
An effective way to prevent and treat common diseases, such as obesity and type 2 diabetes, is to eat more vegetables and less meat and dairy products. It is easy to get a full nutrition, with beneficial essential amino acids, protein sources, vitamins, minerals via vegetables – protein plants, vegetables and fruits. Today, people in Sweden and the rest of the western world eat on average so much meat that we increase the risk of colon cancer, breast cancer, diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease. Among other things, the World Cancer Fund and the Swedish Food Administration and the Swedish Agriculture Agency recommend that we reduce the consumption of meat and dairy products for health reasons. The average Swedish eat about twice as much meat as the global average. Meat consumption in Sweden has increased by 45 per cent since 1990.
About 55-60 billion farmed animals are killed every year to give meat to the world’s population. Continuing at the same rate as now, we will reach 100 billion dead animals per year in 2050. Added to this over 100 billion kilograms of fish and shellfish are killed globally each year to feed people. In particular, cattle, pigs and birds are exposed to profound suffering during their short life. By minimizing our consumption of meat, dairy and fish we can dramatically reduce animal suffering and reduce the number of animals who lose their lives in food.