Greenpeace: "future threatened by industrial meat and dairy"

12 Mar 2018

According to Tom Micklewhite, in a blog post on the Greeenpeace web site, we all want to live in a world with clean water, lush forests, and abundant and nutritious food - but our future and our children’s future is threatened by industrial meat and dairy.

Greenpeace: future threatened by industrial meat and dairy

According to Tom Micklewhite, in a blog post on the Greeenpeace web site, we all want to live in a world with clean water, lush forests, and abundant and nutritious food, and for our friends and families to be able to thrive on a healthy planet. But our future and our children’s future is threatened by industrial meat and dairy.

Intensive meat production is, he claims, tearing down our forests, polluting our water, warming the planet and harming our health.

That, he continues, is why Greenpeace has launched a global campaign with one ambitious goal: the reduction of meat and dairy production and consumption by at least 50% by 2050.

Micklewhite notes that Greenpeace has undertaken some research into the industry, and discovered:

+ Meat production releases as much greenhouse gas emissions as cars, trains, ships and airplanes combined.

+ It pollutes rivers and oceans with animal waste.

+ Intensive livestock farming contributes to antibiotic resistance, and the amount of meat we eat increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases, type-2 diabetes and some cancers.

We have the power to change our schools, cities, and governments, Micklewhite believes. We can, he says, demand governments support small-scale ecological farmers instead of subsidising industrial meat companies. We can, he contiunues, ask for more plant-based food and less meat in our schools, universities and public canteens.

By choosing less industrial meat and more connection with our food and the people who produce it, Micklewhite claims that we can stop the meat industry from harming the environment and our health.