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Going vegetarian is one of the easiest ways to reduce your environmental impact.

Livestock farming has a hugely detrimental effect on the natural world and it’s just not necessary. By swapping meat and fish for a plant-based diet you will:

Reduce your carbon footprint

Livestock farming produces huge amounts of greenhouse gas emissions. One study estimated that the farming of animals caused more emissions (18%) than the world’s entire transport system (13.5%).

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Save water

It takes thousands more litres of water to produce a kilo of beef than to grow the same quantity of grains, vegetables or pulses. Manure, antibiotics and hormones all find their way from livestock farms into our water system, while fish farms release chemicals and parasites that threaten wildlife

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Save land

Livestock production is responsible for 70% of  Amazon deforestation.

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Protect the oceans

Industrial fishing practices are destroying fragile eco-systems and wiping out whole populations of sea creatures.

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A 2006 study, examining the impact of a typical week’s eating, showed that plant-based diets are better for the environment than those based on meat. An organic vegan diet had the smallest environmental impact, but the single most damaging foodstuff was beef. All non-vegetarian diets required significantly greater amounts of environmental resources, such as land and water.

 

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The Vegetarian Society of the United Kingdom Limited, Parkdale, Dunham Road, Altrincham WA14 4QG
Registered Charity No. 259358, Registered Company No. 959115 (England and Wales)