There may be more later. I’m disappearing into Windows (ick).
Assuming these results hold up, it can now be said that the choice to consume animal products is a choice to starve other people and to cut down more trees. This is in addition to increasing greenhouse gas emissions and wasting water both through high consumption and through pollution. The notion that a person can both claim to be an environmentalist and consume animal products has long been, to put it charitably, dubious. With these results, it is no longer even tenable.
Karl-Heinz Erb et al., “Exploring the biophysical option space for feeding the world without deforestation,” Nature 7, no. 11382 (April 19, 2016): doi: 10.1038/ncomms11382
Patrick Monahan, “Veganism could save the world, new study argues,” Science, April 19, 2016, http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/04/veganism-could-save-world-new-study-argues
- Karl-Heinz Erb et al., “Exploring the biophysical option space for feeding the world without deforestation,” Nature 7, no. 11382 (April 19, 2016), doi: 10.1038/ncomms11382↩
- David Benfell, “‘We have found the enemy, and he is us’ — and our system of social organization,” March 6, 2013, https://parts-unknown.org/drupal7/journal/2013/03/06/we-have-found-enemy-and-he-us-and-our-system-social-organization↩