Diet for a small planet

Going without meat will make you healthier and reduce greenhouse gases

When it comes to climate change, there’s a lot of focus on transportation—and rightly so. But did you know livestock farming creates 18 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions? And believe it or not, that’s slightly more than the contribution transportation makes.

Livestock accounts for about 70 per cent of all agricultural land use and produces a huge volume of greenhouse gases (such as methane and nitrous oxide).

That means every time we eat meat, we’re contributing to climate change. And we’re eating it more and more. Total meat supply has quadrupled on the planet since 1961. Growing livestock for food is extremely inefficient: it takes five to seven kilograms of grain just to produce one kilogram of beef. We’d be better off using that land to grow more grain, fruits and vegetables, which are healthier and a more direct food source.

Consider going meatless one day a week; you’ll reduce your saturated fat by 15 per cent, a factor in heart disease, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. (To put that in perspective, American scientists estimate that if everyone in that country cut their meat consumption by a modest 20 per cent, it would be as if everyone switched to driving Priuses!) For more info, go to www.meatlessmonday.ca.

For more information on Sooke Transition Town Initiative go to: www.sooketransition.org.

Just Posted

Sooke mayor meets with health minister

Announcement expected soon on health-care initiatives

Group seeks compassionate recognition for Sooke

A local peace advocate group is aiming to get Sooke recognized as… Continue reading

CRD tightens leash on dog walkers

Five regional parks in Sooke now have new restrictions on dogs

Suman, mom of Reena Virk, has died

Mother of 1997 murder victim became an activist against bullying

Kayaker rescued from Esquimalt Lagoon

Nearby boats rushed to help

Homeless people living on ‘Surrey Strip’ move into modular housing

BC Housing says 160 homeless people are being moved into temporary Whalley suites from June 19 to 21

5 fun things to do this weekend in Greater Victoria

Car Free YYJ, family fishing, Sooke bluegrass, walk for cancer and a mascot’s birthday

WEB POLL: Would you be in favour of a ban on plastic straws?

Would you be in favour of a ban on plastic straws?… Continue reading

Heat wave could lead to record-breaking electricity use: BC Hydro

Monday was a hot one, and many turned to fans and air conditioners for relief from the heat

Man rescued after jumping from ferry near Bowen Island

BC Ferries said the man was in stable condition

EDITORIAL: Images of suffering children reflect new American reality

They’re sounds and images that could melt the coldest of hearts. But… Continue reading

Independent schools continue to top Fraser Institute secondary school list

Think tank says its ratings are fair to all schools, public and private

Former Somali child refugee fights to stay in Canada

Former child refugee Abdoul Abdi’s judicial review set for today in Halifax

Most Read