Category «Animal Agriculture»

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 …

Environmental Impacts of Meat and Dairy Production

by James O’Donovan Agriculture uses 40% of the earth’s land area (excluding Antartica)  –  larger than Europe and Asia combined. 75% of agricultural land is used for meat and dairy production that produces only 18% of our food. World Hunger: Hunger is usually not caused by a global shortage of food production.  Although a billion …

Agriculture: The Other Inconvenient Truth

The contribution of Meat and Dairy production to climate change   by James O’Donovan According to the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Agriculture, Forestry, and Other Land Use Changes (AFOLU) are responsible for 25% of green house gas (GHG) emissions.  The EU Commission roadmap calls for an 80% reduction in GHG emissions by 2050 …