Environment sustainability and animal welfare are good reasons to reduce meat and dairy consumption. I love to eat and love cooking; after all, I am a Hungarian, but I reduced my meat consumption (no beef, no pork) because of my love for our planet and all the beautiful animals on it. I encourage you to try eating healthier as well. What is right for you is also good for the Planet. I hope one day we will move away from the need to slaughter billions of animals annually and eliminate the need for an industrial farming system that pumps an alarming amount of greenhouse gases into the Earth’s warming atmosphere each year.
Fig. 1. My home made Vegetarian Dishes.
According to a report published by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation, the livestock sector generates more greenhouse gas emissions than transport (cars, trucks, ships, and planes together) – 18 percent of CO2 and up to half of all methane emissions. Methane is about 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide. It is, therefore, a major contributor to global warming. It is also the primary source of water pollution by nitrates, phosphates, and pesticides. Agriculture and fisheries are one of the most significant human pressures on the biodiversity of land and sea. Deforestation and drainage of wetlands for farming reduce the overall area available for wildlife and shatter natural habitats (FAO).
Fig. 2. Some examples of my healthy, and planet friendly dishes I often make or use.
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