April 22 marks the 50th observance of Earth Day. Let's celebrate by reduced driving, use of electric energy, and consumption of animals.
Oxford University's Food Climate Research Network and Germany's Heinrich Bolle Foundation concluded that solving the global warming catastrophe requires massive shift to a plant-based diet. A UN report blamed animal agriculture for 70% of global freshwater use, 38% of land use, and 19% of greenhouse gas emissions.
Carbon dioxide is emitted by burning forests to create animal pastures and operating farm machinery to grow animal feed. More damaging methane and nitrous oxide are released from digestive tracts of cattle and animal waste cesspools, respectively.
Meat and dairy production dumps more animal waste, crop debris, fertilizers, pesticides, and other pollutants into our waterways than all other human activities combined.
In an environmentally sustainable world, meat and dairy products must be replaced by vegetables, fruits, and grains, like fossil fuels are replaced by wind, solar, and other pollution-free energy sources.
Celebrate Earth Day 50 at your supermarket.
Disclaimer: As submitted to the Arizona Daily Star.