Growing food for the world’s rapidly increasing population is likely to send greenhouse gas emissions over the threshold of safety, unless more is done to cut meat consumption, a new report states.
As reported by the Guardian, research, led by scientists at the Oxford Martin School, found that switching to mostly vegetarian diet, or cutting down meat consumption to accepted health guidelines, would make a large shift for better in greenhouse gases.
Such steps would also save lives, argued Dr Marco Springmann, lead author of the study, entitled Analysis and valuation of the health and climate change co-benefits of dietary change, and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
“Imbalanced diets, such as diets low in fruits and vegetables and high in red and processed meat, are responsible for the greatest health burden globally and in most regions,” he said. “At the same time, the food system is responsible [currently] for more than a quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions, and therefore a major driver of climate change.”
Outrage toward the meat industry is nothing new. Books, recent documentaries and even undercover videos have been leaked online, but most of us can’t see it.
It is there, happening, day in day out, in front of our eyes, yet we close our eyes… perhaps that’s because we have been taught not to look at what we see. Or perhaps because we are too afraid to admit that it’s happening and we are part of it…
This short video from a documentary called “Samsara” explores modern food processing through a series of artistically assembled videos. This seven minute clip will take you on a journey through poultry, cattle and pork facilities, a grocery store, a fast food restaurant and ends with a doctor’s visit.
Despite the stunning clip, “Samsara” is not solely about the food industry. In fact, the filmmakers claim to not have any agenda whatsoever. “Our film is more about feelings and an inner journey than an intellectual experience,” “Samsara” producer Mark Magidson told the New York Times. “We’re not trying to say anything.”
The film’s website explains that samsara means “the ever turning wheel of life” in Sanskrit, and is meant to showcase “the point of departure for the filmmakers as they search for the elusive current of interconnection that runs through our lives.”
It was shot in 25 different countries over a period of five years in an attempt to express “how our life cycle mirrors the rhythm of the planet.”
This will help open your eyes to the worst of truths.