Did you know that after energy, agriculture is the second biggest emitter of greenhouse gasses worldwide?
The way we get our food is a problem. Producing food on an industrial scale involves the combined use of land, water, pesticides, fertilisers, livestock and energy.
Not only does it take up a lot of space and resources (an estimated 40% of the terrestrial area of the planet and 70% of globally consumed freshwater)², but it also causes a ton of other negative environmental impacts like contaminating water with pesticides and excess nutrients and contaminating the air when applying fertilisers and pesticides.
Animal welfare aside, livestock farms are also a big emitter of greenhouse gasses through animal digestion (methane) and manure, as well as through water contamination.²
Here’s a bit more information on how eating less meat helps the planet.
How can we do better? Buy food from small-scale local producers who use organic processes to grow their food or rear animals!
Sources:  Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, 2014: Climate Change 2014: Synthesis Report. Contribution of Working Groups I, II and III to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. p.88.  OECD, 2019, Agriculture Policy Brief. OECD Publishing, Paris, p.1.