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Will ‘Green New Deal’ Supporters Walk the Walk by Going Vegan? Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock…

If proponents of the Green New Deal want to promote justice, equality, and economic security, they should make dismantling the meat, egg, and dairy industries a top priority. If we want a planet that’s healthy enough to continue sustaining life, we must stop eating animals, period.

ZACHARY TOLIVER: ‘The political world is buzzing about the Green New Deal. As climate change breathes down our necks and with outrageous health-care costs and a sluggish economy, our only hope is to take immediate action—but unless that action includes going vegan, it’s not going to be enough… If proponents of the Green New Deal want to promote justice, equality, and economic security, they should make dismantling the meat, egg, and dairy industries a top priority…

Instead of making people sick with the same old animal-derived foods, promoting vegan initiatives could help create new jobs and prompt innovation. A program that incentivizes making a transition from meat, egg, and dairy farming to plant-based agriculture would help workers stay employed while simultaneously encouraging healthful eating and the development of sustainable, green industry…

Let’s face facts: If we want a planet that’s healthy enough to continue sustaining life, we must stop eating animals—period. The science couldn’t be clearer. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations estimates that animal agriculture is responsible for as much as 18 percent of greenhouse-gas emissions worldwide. To put that in context, producing just over 2 pounds of beef results in more greenhouse-gas emissions than driving a car for three hours.

A University of Oxford study concluded that individuals who switch to healthy, eco-friendly vegan foods can reduce their carbon footprint from food by up to 73 percent. It’s estimated that if people in the U.S. simply opted to eat beans instead of beef, we’d be more than halfway to the greenhouse-gas reduction goals set by the Obama administration.

On top of climate change, we all know the U.S. is facing a health crisis as well. Meat, egg, and dairy consumption are linked to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer in addition to other top killers. But animal-agriculture industry lobbyists seem to sit at the top of the food chain, spending millions of dollars to keep meat, eggs, and dairy at the center of American food and agricultural policies’. SOURCE…

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