Living greener or more responsibly means many things to many people. Yet while some people move into hybrid cars and governments stumble over renewable energy policies, the biggest impact we can all have immediately on protecting our environment is to reduce our consumption of animal products.
A growing tide of scientific research is sounding the alarm about the impact of animal agriculture on our environment. The current rate of production of animal products is on an unsustainable path and presents one of the greatest environmental threats we face today, as documented in David Kirby’s landmark book Animal Factory. Other highly-influential reports on the subject include: CAFOs Uncovered published by The Union of Concerned Scientists, The CAFO Hothouse published by The Animals and Society Institute, Livestock’s Long Shadow published by the United Nations and Food-Miles and the Relative Climate Impacts of Food Choices in the United States to name just a few.
For a great primer on the subject of food choices and their impact on the environment, check out the Eco-Eating video below from Hope Bohanec, Grassroots Campaigns Director for In Defense of Animals.
Hope Bohanec has been active in animal advocacy for over 20 years, organizing successful campaigns with Sonoma People for Animal Rights (SPAR) throughout the 90’s. Hope was the Sonoma County Coordinator for Proposition 2 and soon after that victory created Farm Animal Protection Project (FAPP). Eco-Eating has been presented at conferences and schools on the west coast for the past five years.