Veganism and the environment

Plans to protect air and water, wilderness and wildlife are in fact plans to protect man.

Stewart Udall

About the section

Since the last decades, the environment has become a subject of deep interest for many people. The conclusions of the science of ecology generated a growing concern about the effects that our way of living has on the earth; and you might be one among many trying to change your own habits in order to reduce our impacts on the ecosystems of our planet.

That being said, it is certain that the production of food for humans is part of those impacts; and that different diets mean different costs for the ecosystems. What is less certain for many of us is how animal products in our diet impact our ecosystems – and if reducing our consumption of them is actually a good or a bad thing on the long term/large scale of things.

To explore this subject, we will look at different places in the world, and at how our food production changed with time. After all, not all of the earth’s surface allows for the growing of plants for food, but not all of it is adapted to grazing either. In addition to that, technologies are now allowing us to produce food in the most productive way in the whole history of humanity – and that might change a lot of things we thought constant.

Articles of the section

Highlights Domestic bees produce the honey that humans consume. However, domestic bees are one species among 20,000 "wild bees".The domestic ...
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Highlights Four different studies concerning the "life-cycle" of food show that, overall, it is better to eat vegan food than ...
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