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Farming for Forever

Farming for Forever

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A "Truly Sustainable Agriculture" briefing document presented by the Vegan Society to politicians on the eve of World Vegan Day 2012.

A "Truly Sustainable Agriculture" briefing document presented by the Vegan Society to politicians on the eve of World Vegan Day 2012.


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Published by: Vegan Future on Nov 03, 2012
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Farming or Forever
Truly Sustainable Agriculture
Human farming of non-human animals is causing extensive damage to our environment.In 2006, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation showed that ‘the globallivestock industry’ is in the top three causes of all major environmental problems,including global climate change
Climate change is a major threat to human health. In 2009, the UCL Lancet Global Health Commission concluded,“Climate change is the biggest global health threat o the 21st century”
.Our animal arming makes it harder or the most vulnerable people to eed themselves. In 2009, United NationsEnvironment Programme revealed that the basic calorie needs o 3.5 billion humans could be met by the net grainwaste each year in the world ‘livestock’ industry
.The current typical British meat-and-dairy based diet is adding to chronic disease and greenhouse gas emissions.In 2012, public health experts rom Cambridge University have shown that shiting rom meat-based diets canreduce our risks o major illnesses such as coronary heart disease, diabetes and colorectal cancer, whilst alsocutting our greenhouse gas emissions at the same time
.Rising input costs are destroying animal armer livelihoods. A move away rom animal arming will help improverural livelihoods, tackle climate change, improve global ood security and reduce risks o serious diseases. In 2009,The Vegan Society estimated that healthy vegan diets in the UK can require just one third the ertile land, resh waterand energy o the typical British ‘meat-and-dairy’ based diet
.The current Natural Environment White Paper o the Environment, Food and Rural Aairs Select Committee suggeststhat the Ecological Focus Areas system should be used to benet both the environment and ood security
.We call on the UK Government to recognise and act upon the environmental, health and ood security benets o amove away rom animal arming. We invite MPs to submit Parliamentary Questions on specic and practical issuessuch as:1. In the light o the recommendations o The Environmental Audit Committee Sustainable Food report
, andgiven the proven benets o sustainable plant-based arming and diets, how does the Government plan toincrease support or UK armers wishing to switch rom animal arming to plant agriculture?2. What steps has Dera taken toward ullling the Environment, Food and Rural Aairs Committee recommendationthat Dera publish a timetabled delivery plan or each o the Natural Environment White Paper commitments,particularly those relating to ood security?3. The Committee on Climate Change highlights that, “Estimates o UK agricultural emissions include signicantuncertainties” and notes that, “The Government has committed to investing in the agriculture evidence base tobetter understand and measure emissions rom arming systems and develop a more accurate inventory thatcan refect mitigation activities. This work is due to complete in 2015.”
What specic steps have been takenso ar toward accurately estimating the true total o greenhouse gas emissions associated with UK animalarming, including all overseas emissions associated with imported cereals and soya use to eed UK animals?
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Costello A. et al. 2009 Managing the health eects o climate change. Lancet 2009; 373: 1693–733
United Nations Environment Programme. The environmental ood crisis. Nairobi, Kenya: UNEP; 2009 http:// www.unep.org/publications/search/pub_details_s.asp?ID=4019 (accessed 14 Sep 2012)
Aston L. M., Smith J. N. et al. Impact o a reduced red and processed meat dietary pattern on disease risksand greenhouse gas emissions in the UK: a modelling study, BMJ Open 2012;2:e001072 doi: 10.1136/ bmjopen-2012-001072 (accessed 14 Sep 2012)
Walsh S. using inormation rom Dera. Determining the environmental burdens and resource use in theproduction o agricultural and horticultural commodities. Main Report. Dera Research Project IS0205. Bedord,UK: Craneld University and Dera; 2006
Environment, Food and Rural Aairs Committee o the UK Parliament. Natural Environment White Paper2012. London, UK: EFRAC; 2012 http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201213/cmselect/ cmenvru/492/49202.htm (accessed 14 Sep 2012)
“Food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sucient, sae andnutritious ood to meet their dietary needs and ood preerences or an active and healthy lie”. The UnitedNations Conerence on Sustainable Development Secretariat. Issue Brie 9 Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture 2011. Rio, Brazil. UNCSD; 2011 http://www.uncsd2012.org/rio20/index.php?page=view&type=400&nr=227&menu=45 (accessed 14 Sep 2012)
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Committee on Climate Change. Emissions rom Agriculture inormation. London, UK: CCC;http://www.theccc.org.uk/sectors/non-co2-gases/agriculture (accessed 14 Sep 2012)

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