According to a study by Researchers at Oxford University, adopting a vegan diet could be the single most important factor in reducing our environmental impact on the planet. Researchers at the University of Oxford found that cutting meat and dairy products from our diet could reduce an individual’s carbon footprint from food by up to 73 per cent.
The research shows that without meat and dairy consumption, global farmland use could be reduced by more than 75% – an area equivalent to the US, China, European Union and Australia combined – and still feed the world (i).
When it comes to species extinction, Animal Agriculture has a massive impact on biodiversity destruction. One-third of the Earth’s land surface is devoted to Animal Agriculture and is responsible for 30% of biodiversity loss. Large areas of the rainforests in South America are being used to either grow crops to feed the animals being raised in agriculture, or for the cattle to graze on; 97% of the world’s soya-bean meal is fed to cows, chickens, sheep, and pigs. By stopping deforestation and replanting trees, we can tackle not only the climate crisis, but also save many species of animals, which will otherwise – with absolute certainty – become extinct.