Land use crisis

| Post published on July 29, 2019
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Livestock farming is killing the planet and we are running out of room

The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, Climate Change and Land, highlights the damage livestock farming is doing to the land surface of the planet. Contributed to by 107 experts from 52 countries, the report found that a half-billion people already live in places turning into desert and soil is being lost between 10 and 100 times faster than it is forming. The authors say a shift towards a plant-based diet would help preserve land, lower greenhouse gas emissions and benefit health.

IPCC. 2019. Climate Change and Land. www.ipcc.ch/report/srccl

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Dr. Justine Butler
I joined Viva! as a health campaigner in 2005 after graduating from Bristol University with a PhD in molecular biology. My scientific training helped me research and write numerous reports, guides and fact sheets for Viva! including Meat the Truth, Fish-Free for Life, One in Nine (breast cancer and diet) and the substantial report on the detrimental health effects of consuming dairy; White Lies. This accompanied Viva!’s report The Dark Side of Dairy which spelt out the inherent cruelty of dairy farming. We were the first UK group to take on the dairy industry in this way, and many of our supporters go vegan after reading these reports.

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