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Animal-free diet

A diet that includes vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and grains and is free from all animal products including dairy, eggs and honey.

Compelling evidence supports the idea that such a diet has the potential to optimize human health, while also being the only viable approach to sustainably feeding the earth's more than 7 billion people. Beyond all these practical benefits, an animal-free diet is without the inherent violence and injustice associated with using and killing animals against their wills.

The animal-free diet also has the potential to reduce the injustices caused by the use of vast tracts of land to grow feedstock for animals, which 1) often makes it more difficult for those in less wealthy countries to get access to the farmland needed to feed themselves, 2) contributes to deforestation as more and more land is cleared, 3) dramatically lowers the amount of habitat available for wild animals, and 4) damages biodiversity.

Livestock & Climate Change, a report produced by two researchers with the World Bank and published by WorldWatch Institute, has documented that over 51% of all global warming impact is being caused by animal agriculture. The implications are staggering, as it means that individual people eating a meat-based diet, by adopting an animal-free diet, have the ability to cut a major percentage of their carbon footprint. If enough people were to make this healthy and compassionate change, the climate crisis could conceivably be solved, without the need for exotic new technologies, coordinated government action and complex international treaties.

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