Category «Animal Agriculture»

Go Vegan or risk another Pandemic

COVID-19 should be a wake up call to humanity.  Most of the viruses affecting humans originated in animals and jumped to humans as a result of our use and interaction with animals for food. By Bronwyn Slater Zoonotic Diseases Virtually all of the viruses and communicable diseases that are endemic in the human population originated …

Integrating Ireland’s Agricultural, Health Care and Climate Goals

By James O’Donovan Most of the problems with Ireland’s current agri-food system are reasonably well known.  Food System Problems Firstly, it’s an economic failure for farmers, with 60% of farmers earning less than €10,000 per year – and that’s including subsidies.  If there were not huge subsidies propping up the beef and sheep industries the …

The Story of Soy

  By James O’Donovan This article is based on reports and websites listed here.   Global Soybean production  In 2016 global production of soybeans was 324 million tonnes on 1.2 million Km2, a 5% increase from 2014 and more than three times the size of Germany.  The United States, Brazil and Argentina are the world’s …

The Facts about Cultured Meat

Cultured or ‘in vitro’ meat is a controversial subject among vegans.  Bronwyn Slater lays out the facts about the process and finds that it may be possible in future to remove animals from the equation altogether.   While veganism is a popular and growing movement and the number of vegans has been on the rise …

Veganism and Sustainability Research Links

by James O’Donovan and Benny Malone   At Vegan Sustainability magazine we try to base our articles on published peer reviewed scientific papers that highlight the health and environmental impacts of animal agriculture and the multiple benefits of transitioning to a vegan agricultural system. Here we summarise some recent papers on issues related to climate …

Water Pollution and Animal Agriculture

by James O’Donovan   Agriculture is having a major negative impact on Ireland’s environment. The results range from species extinction to fostering anti-biotic resistance, from e-coli contamination  to habitat destruction. Agriculture is the biggest source of green house gas emissions in Ireland (see Issue 2 of Vegan Sustainability Magazine) and over 90% of all agricultural …

Meat the Cause of the Drought

South Africa experienced its driest year in recorded history during 2016. Without rainclouds on the horizon it is time we look at our diets to keep our heads above water.    by Brett Thompson The majority of water in our country is used in agriculture with nearly 60% being used for irrigation. Why are members of …