The Natural Academy of Sciences of the U.S. predicts that if global eating habits continue to reflect high consumption diets — diets containing large amounts of meat and other animal products — about 10 million km² of land will likely be cleared by 2050 to meet food demand.
There is hope, however, in the simple action of eating fewer animal products.
Research reveals that a shift towards alternative diets, such as one of low consumption that reduces meat intake, could reduce that disastrous figure to about 2 million km², roughly one-fifth the size.
Through the gradual reduction of meat, eggs and dairy from the average consumer’s diet, serious and visible changes can be made possible. Every small choice towards non-livestock options aids in this global effort to lessen our adverse impact on the planet.
This article initially appeared online as part of The Reducetarian Foundation’s community outreach program.