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 [June 2, 2010].
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. . . .
Professor Edgar Hertwich, the lead author of the report, said: “Animal products cause more damage than [producing] construction minerals such as sand or cement, plastics or metals. Biomass and crops for animals are as damaging as [burning] fossil fuels.”
Source: The Guardian
We think of the most cost-effective diet as “cheap” fast food or Western diets due to colonization and corporate propaganda, but it truly isn’t so sustainable or economically sound if you take the world into consideration. You’re simply being blinded to the actual global costs.