Human diet causing 'catastrophic' damage to planet: study

January 17, 2019 by Marlowe Hood
The landmark health study in The Lancet calls on people to double their consumption of vegetables, fruits and nuts

The way humanity produces and eats food must radically change to avoid millions of deaths and "catastrophic" damage to the planet, according to a landmark study published Thursday.

The key to both goals is a dramatic shift in the global diet—roughly half as much sugar and red meat, and twice as many vegetables, fruits and nuts, a consortium of three dozen researchers concluded in The Lancet, a medical journal.

"We are in a catastrophic situation," co-author Tim Lang, a professor at the University of London and policy lead for the EAT-Lancet Commission that compiled the 50-page study, told AFP.

Currently, nearly a billion people are hungry and another two billion are eating too much of the wrong foods, causing epidemics of obesity, heart disease and diabetes.

Unhealthy diets account for up to 11 million avoidable premature deaths every year, according to the most recent Global Disease Burden report.

At the same time the global food system is the single largest emitter of greenhouse gases, the biggest driver of biodiversity loss, and the main cause of deadly algae blooms along coasts and inland waterways.

Agriculture—which has transformed nearly half the planet's land surface—also uses up about 70 percent of the global fresh water supply.

Not only do cattle pass massive quantities of planet-warming methane, but huge swathes of carbon-absorbing forests –- mostly in Brazil -– are cut down every year to make room for them
"To have any chance of feeding 10 billion people in 2050 within planetary boundaries"—the limits on Earth's capacity to absorb —"we must adopt a , slash food waste, and invest in technologies that reduce environmental impacts," said co-author Johan Rockstrom, director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Change Impact Research.

Where's the beef?

"It is doable but it will take nothing less than global agricultural revolution," he told AFP.

The cornerstone of "the great food transformation" called for in the study is a template human diet of about 2500 calories per day.

"We are not saying everyone has to eat in the same way," Lang said by phone. "But broadly—especially in the rich world—it means a reduction of meat and dairy, and a major increase in plant consumption."

The diet allows for about seven grammes (a quarter of an ounce) of red meat per day, and up to 14. A typical hamburger patty, by comparison, is 125 to 150 grammes.

For most rich nations, and many emerging ones such as China and Brazil, this would represent a drastic five-to-ten-fold reduction.

Beef alternatives like the Impossible Burger 2.0, a plant-based vegan burger that tastes like real beef, are one answer to decreasing the consumption of animal products

Beef is the main culprit.

Not only do cattle pass massive quantities of planet-warming methane, huge swathes of carbon-absorbing forests –- mostly in Brazil -– are cut down every year to make room for them.

"For climate, we know that coal is the low-hanging fruit, the dirtiest of fossil fuels," said Rockstrom. "On the food side, the equivalent is grain-fed beef."

It takes at least five kilos of grain to produce a kilo of meat.

And once that steak or lamb chop hits the plate, about 30 percent will wind up in the garbage bin.

Dairy is also limited to about one cup (250 grammes) of whole milk—or its equivalent in cheese or yoghurt—per day, and only one or two eggs per week.

A humble lentil stew - here being served for the homeless in Buenos Aires, Argentina - is rich in iron and protein, and a nutritious alternative to meat
Push back

At the same time, the diet calls for a more than 100 percent increase in legumes such as peas and lentils, along with vegetables, fruits and nuts.

Grains are considered to be less healthy sources of nutrients.

"We can no longer feed our population a healthy diet while balancing planetary resources," said The Lancet editor-in-chief Richard Horton.

"For the first time in 200,000 years of human history, we are severely out of sync with the planet and Nature."

The report drew heavy fire from the livestock and dairy industry, and some experts.

"It goes to the extreme to create maximum attention, but we must be more responsible when making serious dietary recommendation," said Alexander Anton, secretary general of the European Dairy Association, noting that dairy products are "packed" with nutrients and vitamins.

The diet to save the planet and yourself, according the Lancet medical journal

Christopher Snowdon of the Institute of Economic Affairs in London said the report "reveals the full agenda of nanny-state campaigners."

"We expected these attacks," said Lang. "But the same food companies pushing back against these findings realise that they may not have a future if they don't adapt", he said.

"The question is: does this come by crisis, or do we start planning for it now?"

Some multinationals responded positively, if cautiously, to the study.

"We need governments to help accelerate the change by aligning national dietary guidelines with healthy and sustainable requirements, and repurposing agricultural subsidies," the World Business Council for Sustainable Development said in a statement.

Explore further: Diet, food production must radically change to improve health, avoid potentially catastrophic damage to the planet

More information: Tamara Lucas et al, The 21st-century great food transformation, The Lancet (2019). DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(18)33179-9

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dogbert
3.1 / 5 (16) Jan 17, 2019
This is not going to happen. The perverse desire of the left to eliminate animal protein from our diet is just not going to be accepted.

The world does face a problem with food security because of some countries' overpopulation, but the solution is for those places to work to stabilize -- and perhaps even reduce -- their population.

This probably won't work and we will probably find the specter of famine to be more likely in coming years. Even if we could eliminate animal protein from all the world's diets, population growth will still grow to exceed our capacity to produce unless population growth is controlled.

The people and systems pushing elimination of animal protein should ask themselves "Why would countries who are controlling their populations and enjoying animal products starve themselves to promote overpopulation elsewhere?"
Bart_A
3.8 / 5 (10) Jan 17, 2019
The answer to a hugely obese population is not to target foods based on left-wing ideological thinking, but to reduce calories overall. I think Americans would get by fine with just 1/2 of the current calories consumed. And it would lead to a much healthier population.
Da Schneib
2.9 / 5 (10) Jan 17, 2019
Meh. Let's start with coal and then move on to oil and gas. After that we can start worrying about agriculture.

And yes, I'm a leftist. And yes, I think this article is clickbait. Not to mention denier-bait. There's nothing happening here but inflaming the radical racist right.
Old_C_Code
2.1 / 5 (7) Jan 17, 2019
People are more well fed then ever before, from: Beverly Hills, to Little Rock, to Sub Saharan Africa. Things are better than ever for all people in human history. Alarmist BS political articles don't belong here. Catastrophe? lol
Dan12182
2.3 / 5 (6) Jan 17, 2019
The battle to feed all of humanity is over. In the 1970s hundreds of millions of people will starve to death in spite of any crash programs embarked upon now. - Paul Ehrlich. 1968.
antialias_physorg
3.8 / 5 (9) Jan 17, 2019
Just for a lark I'm going vegetarian for this year (well, I'm leaving myself the option of having one meat based meal a month and still call it a 'win').
So far it's actually a lot easier than I would have thought.

"The question is: does this come by crisis, or do we start planning for it now?"

Is this a trick question? We have NEVER managed to do something on this scale by planning.
antigoracle
1 / 5 (7) Jan 17, 2019
Meh. Let's start with coal and then move on to oil and gas. After that we can start worrying about agriculture.

And yes, I'm a leftist. And yes, I think this article is clickbait. Not to mention denier-bait. There's nothing happening here but inflaming the radical racist right.

Da Snot, the "meat" loving, knob gobbler, brays again.
As his boyfriend pummels his rectum, the shite between his ears splatters onto the forum.
Keep braying at the heretics, you jackass. That's how you'll save the world.
V4Vendicar
4.4 / 5 (10) Jan 17, 2019
AntiGoracle is responsible for a lot of lying and stupidity in these forums.

Why is it allowed to persist in lying and spreading it's stupidity?
V4Vendicar
2.7 / 5 (6) Jan 17, 2019
"Just for a lark I'm going vegetarian for this year..." - Antialias

It is getting easier and easier to do with every passing day.

Yesterday for lunch I had a very nice burger that was completely plant based.

The only difference I could tell is that after eating it I didn't smell like the inside of a barn.

Protein cravings are easily avoided by using products like TVP in home cooking. The granular stuff works perfectly in Chile and soups, although I have yet to find a good hamburger patty recipe.

Rice with beans works very well as well.

Those who insist on eating cows and other higher order animals, are not only fools, they are immoral fools.
V4Vendicar
3.5 / 5 (4) Jan 17, 2019
"We have NEVER managed to do something on this scale by planning." - Antialias

We have NEVER had 8 billion people on Earth before.
There is NEVER a first time for anything.
V4Vendicar
3.3 / 5 (6) Jan 17, 2019
Floor 98 and I'm feeling fine.
Floor 97 and I'm doing great.
Floor 96 and there's just a little wind.

...

Floor 2, and I'm gonna live forever.
Floor 1, and these nay-sayers are all kooks.

"People are more well fed then ever before" - Old C Code AKA Buffer Overflow.
TheGhostofOtto1923
4 / 5 (4) Jan 17, 2019
some countries' overpopulation, but the solution is for those places to work to stabilize -- and perhaps even reduce -- their population
Wow a rare admission from a believer. You do know that most overpopulation in the world today is religion -driven dont you?
we will probably find the specter of famine to be more likely in coming years. Even if we could eliminate animal protein from all the world's diets, population growth will still grow to exceed our capacity to produce unless population growth is controlled
Religion-driven overgrowth exists in regions that may soon be unhabitable due to global warming. The prudent and resourceful are packing their things and emigrating northward, leaving the hardcore believers to pray for salvation to no avail.

Immigrants are the ones most likely to leave their beliefs behind, embrace western culture, and assume responsibility for their own futures; including having only as many children as they can afford.
TheGhostofOtto1923
3 / 5 (2) Jan 17, 2019
Those who insist on eating cows and other higher order animals, are not only fools, they are immoral fools
This of course also includes all the baser flesh-eating species that are just as immoral as we are. Of course they dont know that because aa is not there to admonish them.

Oh I see this quote is from the chronic masterbaiter scott nudds instead of the legitimate troll I thought it was so I was in error for engaging.
antigoracle
1 / 5 (6) Jan 17, 2019
Yesterday for lunch I had a very nice burger that was completely plant based.......Protein cravings are easily avoided by using products like TVP in home cooking.

And so, another Chicken Little jackass brays with pride as it praises itself on its stupidity.
That burger was devoid of most, if not all, of the beneficial nutrients that the raw plant provided, so no wonder it is left with cravings. Further, the jackass recommends additional, highly processed, "food" like TVP.
Keep braying at the heretics, you jackass. That's how you'll save the world.
Phyllis Harmonic
5 / 5 (6) Jan 17, 2019
Yesterday for lunch I had a very nice burger that was completely plant based.


There's a veggie restaurant right down the block from me that makes the most amazing Reuben- one of the best I've ever eaten (and I've had more than a few made with real pastrami). They use seitan for the structure and texture, which as prepared, has a very convincing mouth-feel. As for Donkey-man Goracle's alleged missing plant-based nutrients, one ounce of seitan has:

Calories: 104
Protein: 21 grams
Selenium: 16% of the RDI
Iron: 8% of the RDI
Phosphorus: 7% of the RDI
Calcium: 4% of the RDI
Copper: 3% of the RDI

These values come very close to or exceed animal meat for the same serving size. Further, seitan is low in carbs and fat: 4 and 0.5 grams, respectively. It's only ingredient (wheat) is plentiful and seitan is easy and cheap to make, and is super-versatile.
granville583762
2.8 / 5 (5) Jan 17, 2019
50billion stick thin size triple zero

The way humanity produces and eats food must radically change to avoid millions of deaths and "catastrophic" damage to the planet, according to a landmark study published Thursday.

Does anyone have any idea what 7gms of bacon on your plate looks like
It makes the fresh air diet look appetising
This world is going to populated with match stick men and match stick cats and dogs
granville583762
2.4 / 5 (7) Jan 17, 2019
Leave farming to farmers

Farmers removing beef herds, dairy herds, sheep, pigs, pullets, broilers, turkeys, quails, ducks, geese, deer, the list is long
Then replacing all these listed and more with cereal and vegetable crops presents problems
as
more acreage is required
and
farmers use these animals for natural fertilizer for their crops
farming is a symbiotic relationship
every aspect of farming relies on animals and crops
as at the end of seasons cattle are put out graze as the land lies fallow earning money and naturally fertilising fields
farming has evolved since time began and environmental sympathy is not part as inevitably it all ways does more harm than good
as the population fluctuates, food supply prices fluctuate, a natural balance emerges
the population as it is does now, match's food supply
Except where in war torn countries the indigenous population cannot farm between warring factions
Old_C_Code
3 / 5 (4) Jan 17, 2019
50billion stick thin size triple zero


WTF are you talking about? Population is flattening out, predicted to reach a max of 12 billion then be reduced. Because even sub-Saharan Africa is controlling births now.

Things are better than ever for people in all of human history. Despite this, losers still lose and hate this fact.
TheGhostofOtto1923
4.3 / 5 (3) Jan 17, 2019
WTF are you talking about? Population is flattening out

"The worlds population is likely to exceed 10 billion by the end of the century, up from 7 billion this year, according to research based on United Nations data. While population changes will remain flat or decline in developed countries, developing countries, notably those in Africa, will experience tremendous growth. According to David Bloom, a Harvard economist and author of the report 7 Billion and Counting, nearly all of the growth will occur in less-developed regions."

-Old C Coot thinks a 40% increase is 'flattening out'.

And no, subsaharans arent controlling anything.

"The areas with the highest projected populations increases, primarily Africa and Southern Asia, are already suffering from the consequences overpopulation. These conditions will only worsen as populations in Uganda, Nigeria, and Bangladesh double and, in some cases, even triple over the next 40 years."

-The world is in peril.
antigoracle
1.7 / 5 (6) Jan 17, 2019
They use seitan for the structure and texture, which as prepared, has a very convincing mouth-feel. ..... Further, seitan is low in carbs and fat: 4 and 0.5 grams, respectively. It's only ingredient (wheat) is plentiful and seitan is easy and cheap to make, and is super-versatile.
Another Chicken Shit jackass brays. Seitan is another highly processed food, made by washing away the carbs and fat, thus leaving the gluten. Only a Chicken Little jackass would praise this wasteful idea.
Phyllis Harmonic
4.3 / 5 (6) Jan 17, 2019
Only a Chicken Little jackass would praise this wasteful idea.


Only an idiot would think simple washing is "highly processed" or that removing fat and carbs is wasteful, particularly when so many other foods have plenty of those things. Removing carbs and fat is one of the most common things done in home kitchens. You know, like draining excess fat and rinsing rice. Not everyone likes excessive grease and starch, especially those who care about their nutrition. But hey, you go on with your stupid name-calling and ridiculous "arguments."
michael_frishberg
3.5 / 5 (6) Jan 17, 2019
We've been "ecto-ecological" (outside of the ecology) since language began, I'm guessing. There is no left wing conspiracy to deny you beef. There is a world wide problem, now that the apex predator (us) out weighs all our wild prey. If you think that is in any way sustainable, you don't get ecology.
We evolved without eating much ocean dwelling fish, we couldn't get to them. Now we claim to be able to "manage fisheries", none of which will still exist in 2050 thanks to our management.
Note the use of fresh water, agriculture uses a lot of the available fresh water each year, and, it's projected to go to 90% by 2025.
Changing our diet to vegan buys a couple of decades, max, if we don't concurrently stem our population.
Our demise, as a species, will be extremely well documented, and attempts will be made to store all accumulated knowledge into some kind of AI, but, we'll go extinct before we succeed, putting an ironic cap on our out of control existence, by 2100AD.
antigoracle
2 / 5 (4) Jan 18, 2019
HAWW..HEE..HAWW... Goracle's alleged missing plant-based nutrients, one ounce of seitan has:

Calories: 104
Protein: 21 grams
Selenium: 16% of the RDI
Iron: 8% of the RDI
Phosphorus: 7% of the RDI
Calcium: 4% of the RDI
Copper: 3% of the RDI

These values come very close to or exceed animal meat for the same serving size

And so, the Chicken Little jackass brays.
Take a gander here for the nutrients in an ounce of wheat -- https://www.nutri...lue.html
If all of the wheat protein can be extracted, then for that ounce of seitan it would take 5.7 ounces of wheat. Compare the amount of those minerals in the seitan to that you get from the 5.7 ounces of wheat. Now, find someone who can translate these facts into JACKASS to you and then, perhaps, you may understand the meaning of HIGHLY PROCESSED and WASTEFUL.
granville583762
5 / 5 (2) Jan 18, 2019
Do veggies eat their worms?
antialias_physorg > Just for a lark I'm going vegetarian for this year (well, I'm leaving myself the option of having one meat based meal a month and still call it a 'win').
So far it's actually a lot easier than I would have thought.

If you pretend you did not see the slugs on the lettuce
You can say you are a 100% veggie
Only you know you have been eating all the slugs, snails, worms and assortment of creepy crawlies
That are in lettuce, apples, potatoes, tomatoes just watch out for the ones with stings and mosquitoes
JamesG
1 / 5 (3) Jan 18, 2019
Classic case of researcher bias. Junk science.
skystare
1 / 5 (1) Jan 18, 2019
The problem is not what we eat, but how many of us are eating. If we are lucky this will top out at 10 billion mouths.
If we are very, very lucky, some global pandemic will prune our species back by half or more before we do irreparable damage to the planetary ecosystem.
Phyllis Harmonic
4.3 / 5 (4) Jan 18, 2019
JACKASS


You have a disturbing obsession with donkeys, you're easily triggered, and you're just too creepy to engage with on any level, so it's off to Ignoresville with you. Enjoy your bitter, angry, old life!
antigoracle
2.3 / 5 (3) Jan 18, 2019
JACKASS


You have a disturbing obsession with donkeys, you're easily triggered, and you're just too creepy to engage with on any level, so it's off to Ignoresville with you. Enjoy your bitter, angry, old life!

Alas, you have opened my eyes to the errors of my way. I must apologize...to jackasses, since you are even too stupid to know that donkeys and jackasses are not the same. Stay blissful.
Da Schneib
3 / 5 (2) Jan 18, 2019
"The problem" is coal. Not human diet. The solution is to stop burning coal, not to threaten people with what they can't eat.
Gigel
1 / 5 (1) Jan 18, 2019
The world does face a problem with food security because of some countries' overpopulation, but the solution is for those places to work to stabilize -- and perhaps even reduce -- their population.

I think countries with a high population density have more efficient feeding habits, so they are not the problem. South-East Asia is well known for its rice-based food and also for soy; I don't think they get that much meat anyway.
snoosebaum
1 / 5 (2) Jan 18, 2019
soy boys
TimeToChange
3 / 5 (2) Jan 19, 2019
I just signed up to comment and I'm amazed at the ignorance of so many people who are signed onto a "science" list. Please read the relevant research and wake up. Livestock ARE contributing a major amount of GHG, and, if you know anything about trophic levels--please inform yourself if you do not--you are aware that converting plant biomass to animal biomass entails a loss of about 90% of the embodied energy. A very inefficient way to feed us human beings--who, as primates, are eating way, way outside of our appropriate ecological niche as it is. And since we've been so improvident to have run up our global population way, way past anything sensible or sustainable for this finite planet, we DO need to start making cutbacks on lots of things as we roll toward 2050. Come on, cheer up-- ALL human cultures are going to have to cut back--the "developed" world and increasingly affluent China on industrial meat, SubSaharan Africa on birth rates and bushmeat. Get over your laziness and denial!
antialias_physorg
4 / 5 (4) Jan 19, 2019
Only you know you have been eating all the slugs, snails, worms and assortment of creepy crawlies
That are in lettuce, apples, potatoes, tomatoes just watch out for the ones with stings and mosquitoes

So? You think there are any less crawlies in processed foods of maggots in the meat you buy?

Humans are omnivores. The occasional slug, mosquito or maggot isn't gonna kill us. We've been used to getting those in our diets occasionally since the dawn of time.
TimeToChange
5 / 5 (2) Jan 19, 2019
Humans are primates,. And primates are basically vegetarian. Get used to it.
Da Schneib
3.7 / 5 (3) Jan 19, 2019
Humans are primates,. And primates are basically vegetarian. Get used to it.
All I hear is "we can't stop China from burning coal."

The correct answer is not, "OK, so we'll stop eating meat, that'll show 'em!"
Da Schneib
3.7 / 5 (3) Jan 19, 2019
Only you know you have been eating all the slugs, snails, worms and assortment of creepy crawlies
That are in lettuce, apples, potatoes, tomatoes just watch out for the ones with stings and mosquitoes

So? You think there are any less crawlies in processed foods of maggots in the meat you buy?

Humans are omnivores. The occasional slug, mosquito or maggot isn't gonna kill us. We've been used to getting those in our diets occasionally since the dawn of time.
Humans of various sorts have enjoyed grubs as we enjoy hors d'oeuvres for millenia. They're apparently quite good if they've grown in fallen trees, not very good if they've grown in meat.
Da Schneib
3.7 / 5 (3) Jan 19, 2019
And I still say this is clickbait and denierbait, designed to create schism.

Start with the coal. Start with the coal. Start with the coal.

Have I said it enough times to get through the fog of clickbait and denierbait?
Da Schneib
3.7 / 5 (3) Jan 19, 2019
Plain and simple: let me know when you get the coal thing sorted out. Until then I'm not interested in your diet thing.
mtnphot
1 / 5 (5) Jan 20, 2019
If ruminants are such a problem which this paper seems to suggest, then it behooves these characters to exterminate every wild ruminant on earth. At one time there millions and millions of bison in North America, not to mention caribou herds that would take days to pass a certain spot. Every one of these animals contributes methane to the atmosphere. That is one reason why this study should be taken with a large crystal of salt.
Researcher
5 / 5 (2) Jan 21, 2019
About 5 or 6 years ago a food production professor at the Birmingham university (I think it was Birmingham). After a 3 year world study on food, concluded that the world produces 5 times more food than can be possibly eaten. Where does it all go?
Most of the production is lost in the distribution system which has not changed from the Roman empire.
For example
I'm Australian. An hour north of me we grow bananas by the billion. How ever all produce must be sold from the capital city. That means for me to buy a banana. It has to travel 9 hours in a truck to the market. Then after wholesale purchase it travels another 8 hours back to where I live. The damage done to the fruit in transit is immense. Over half becomes pig food as its too damaged to sell. Or its simply thrown away.
In Tasmania I remember when about 10 tonnes of apples were thrown into the sea because the price dropped. None were given to charities. All were wasted.
The problem is food distribution. Not production.
drrobodog
4.3 / 5 (3) Jan 21, 2019
As I read it there are three (3) reasons give by the article for a change in Human diet.
1. Climate stuff. Less animals less bad gas.
2. Resources. You get more veg than meat for the same resources.
3. Diets suck. People eat 10x meat required and not enough of other stuff.

Seems people are bitching about point 1 and 2 while secretly fearing their addiction in point 3.

I am reminded of a story my dad told me. They had a conference with people from all over. There was an american guy. When the waiter asked how he would like his eggs he replied;
"I'll have half a dozen...no better make it a dozen".
Sure limiting him to "one or two eggs per week" is a lot to ask, how about just two eggs a day? Think he could manage? Ah but that's right, there's that coal thing in China, and we don't want to starve ourselves either.
TheGhostofOtto1923
5 / 5 (1) Jan 21, 2019
Humans are omnivores. The occasional slug, mosquito or maggot isn't gonna kill us
"Man paralyzed after eating slug dies at age 28. ... The slug was infected with a parasite known as rat lungworm. Ballard fell into a coma for 420 days after contracting a strand of meningitis called eosinophilic meningoencephalitis, according to the report."

-Just sayin'
TheGhostofOtto1923
5 / 5 (2) Jan 21, 2019
Humans are primates,. And primates are basically vegetarian. Get used to it
"great apes (chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans) are omnivorous animals, meaning they feed on leaves, fruits, seeds, stems, insects and grubs, as well as the occasional animal meat."

-Get used to researching before you post or you will be called on it.
drrobodog
3.7 / 5 (3) Jan 21, 2019
Humans are primates,. And primates are basically vegetarian. Get used to it
"great apes (chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans) are omnivorous animals, meaning they feed on leaves, fruits, seeds, stems, insects and grubs, as well as the occasional animal meat."

-Get used to researching before you post or you will be called on it.

basically vegetarian =/= vegetarian

"I've seen the claim that animal products make up a mere 2% of the chimpanzee's diet, but Jane Goodall has discovered it's between 9% and 12%, which is certainly significant. 4% of that is insects, the rest is birds, eggs, small primates, and other small animals that they actively hunt."

While I personally wouldn't use the term "basically vegetarian", it doesn't seem inappropriate for a group that eats less than 10% meat and eggs.
antialias_physorg
3.5 / 5 (4) Jan 21, 2019
Seems people are bitching about point 1 and 2 while secretly fearing their addiction in point 3.

I'll give that analysis a 10 for 10. People don't want to be told what to do even if it's in their best interest.
That's the downside of capitalism: Everyone tells you stuff that is not in your best interest all the time to make you buy their stuff (be it a product or an ideology).
So when someone comes along and actually does tell them something that is factual and in your best interest the first knee-jerk reaction is not to believe them.

...compounded by the fact that they are so under-educated that they can't tell one from the other even if they wanted to react in a differentiated way.
TheGhostofOtto1923
not rated yet Jan 21, 2019
a group that eats less than 10% meat and eggs
HUMANS consume 10% or less of meat.
https://www.natio...ld-eats/

-Further

"A carnivore is an animal that gets food from killing and eating other animals." -The def doesnt include eggs.
SURFIN85
5 / 5 (1) Jan 21, 2019
"We are severely out of synchronisation with the planet and nature... This crisis is accelerating, stretching Earth to its limits, and threatening human and other species' sustained existence."

Amen.
SURFIN85
5 / 5 (1) Jan 21, 2019
The damage we're doing to the planet needs to end, and it needs to end by any means necessary.
TheGhostofOtto1923
not rated yet Jan 22, 2019
The damage we're doing to the planet needs to end, and it needs to end by any means necessary
It IS being ended by any and all means...
Western melting pots to reduce racial divides
Proliferation of foods, drugs, and chemicals which reduce the birthrate
Emancipation of women
Destruction of religion
ABORTION and contraception in western countries; 1/5 to 1/3 of world pops never born to propagate
AGW which will make regions with the highest fertility rates uninhabitable in the open

-A work in progress
Da Schneib
1 / 5 (1) Jan 22, 2019
Start with the coal. Otherwise it doesn't matter what you do.
Thorium Boy
not rated yet Jan 23, 2019
Cheap, fast foods represent the highest calorie density available and all that a lot of people can afford. $10.lb nuts and $2.50/lb organic apples are not in their food baskets.
drrobodog
not rated yet Jan 24, 2019
two billion are eating too much of the wrong foods, causing epidemics of obesity, heart disease and diabetes.

Unhealthy diets account for up to 11 million avoidable premature deaths every year


Start with the coal. Otherwise it doesn't matter what you do.

Coal. The primary source of obesity, heart disease and diet related deaths worldwide. Do your part. Stop eating coal today.
katesisco
not rated yet Jan 24, 2019
Nobody is going to live without water; and now it goes to not just agriculture but gas/oil extraction. We have been eliminating ground water for decades.
We are merely doing what India has done but on a much larger scale. What caste are you in?

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