Climate change is, arguably, the great issue of our time. It is an issue that, very well, may define the very future of life on this earth. As pundits and politicians debate the cause and consequences of global warming, a considerable array of substantial evidence is now pointing the finger at meat consumption (due to animal agriculture and meat production), as the primary cause of greenhouse gas emissions. Never has being green been so easy and tasted so good as eating one of Soul Vegans climate friendly products, each savory morsel representing a transcendent legacy of environmental sustainability and GHG mitigation. Guided by the principles of the Village of Peace Community in Dimona, Israelinspiration for the Dimona Protocol, Soul Vegan is the synthesis of great tasting soul food, decades of vegan mastery, and environmental stewardship.
In terms of immediacy of action and the feasibility of bringing about reductions in a short period of time, choosing to eat less meat or eliminating meat entirely is one of the most important personal choices we can make to address climate change.
Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, Chairman of the UN-IPCC
The raising of animals for livestock produces more greenhouse gases
han all the cars and trucks in the world.
UN Food and Agricultural Organization Report 2006
"90% of the methane ruminants produce comes out their other end,
through their mouths and noses."
Anna Lappe, Diet for a Hot Planet
Enteric methane emissions are one of the few global sources of methane that can be easily reduced. Accumulation in the atmosphere requires only slowing emissions by 15-20%
for the worlds methane concentration to stabilize.
In US, enteric fermentation is responsible for nearly a quarter of all methane emissions.
Globally, emissions from enteric emissions constitute 27% of total methane.
Livestock are already well-known to contribute to GHG
emissions. Livestocks Long Shadow, the widely-cited 2006
report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization
(FAO), estimates that 7,516 million metric tons per
year of CO2 equivalents (CO2e), or 18 percent of annual
worldwide GHG emissions, are attributable to cattle, buffalo,
sheep, goats, camels, horses, pigs, and poultry. That amount
would easily qualify livestock for a hard look indeed in the
search for ways to address climate change. But our analysis
shows that livestock and their byproducts actually account
for at least 32,564million tons of CO2e per year, or 51 percent
of annual worldwide GHG emissions.
Livestock and Climate Change, Robert Goodland and Jeff Ahnang,
The World Bank/The Worldwatch Institute Animal Agriculture and Climate Change