The Power in Your Plate: 8 reasons to eat less meat

We'd all like to be more healthy,  have more money and feel we're doing our bit for the environment. One simple change can help you do just that! Read on for 8 reasons why you should eat less meat.

1. Compassion

Billions of animals are farmed and killed each year for meat. Most are raised in intensive factory farms where they’re unable to stretch their limbs, access fresh air or see daylight.

2. The Planet

Farm animals contribute more to climate change than all of the world’s planes, trains and automobiles combined.

3. Deforestation

Huge areas of land are cleared to grow crops for animal feed in factory farms. Cutting down forests affects greenhouse gas absorption, soil erosion, and the survival of 70 per cent of the world’s animals and plants.

4. It Doesn’t  Add Up

Animals are fed about 6kg of plant protein to produce 1kg of animal protein. Factory farms use more food than they produce.

5. World Hunger

Globally 1 billion people suffer from malnutrition. One third of the world’s cereal harvest is being fed to farm animals. That’s enough to feed 3 billion people.

6. Antibiotics

Antibiotics given routinely to animals enter the environment and the food chain contributing to the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and making it harder to treat human diseases.

7. Health

Leading health experts agree that we need to reduce the amount of meat we eat to reduce our risk of obesity, heart disease, stroke and cancer.

8. Budget

The staples of a meat-free diet are cheaper than the equivalent amount of meat protein. In fact, most of the world’s people eat a mostly meat-free diet of pulses, beans, rice and corn.

Facts, figures and quotes from Meat Free Mondays, Animals Australia, National Geographic, WSPA and NRDC.

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Emma is a columnist and feature writer for Liberti Magazine.

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