A quarter of a million new participants worldwide signed up for the annual ‘Veganuary’ movement, which encourages people to cut out animal products for the month of January. In total, 500,000 people pledged to participate, as societies internalise concerns about the impact of the over-consumption of animal products on the environment and on public health.
Earlier this year, a commission launched by the Lancet and EAT Forum, an NGO, warned that human food systems have become entirely unsustainable, and that to ensure that humanity can feed a growing population while remaining within planetary boundaries would mean drastically cutting the amount of meat that societies eat.
More than 25 per cent of the earth’s land surface, excluding ice-covered regions, is used for grazing, and the livestock industry contributes 14.5 per cent of man-made carbon emissions.
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