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New Study Confirms: Reducing Meat Consumption is Key to Protecting Biodiversity

August 31 2015 Meatless Monday 

New Study Confirms: Reducing Meat Consumption is Key to Protecting Biodiversity
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According to a new study, the growing demand for meat is the greatest threat to global biodiversity. The study, Biodiversity Conservation: The Key is Reducing Meat Consumption, found that if demand for meat increases along current trends through 2050, the environmental cost of producing it would put species around the world at risk. As production efforts increase to meet demand, more land will be required to produce livestock and livestock feed. Researchers found that this need for more land is likely to lead to the destruction of diverse habitats, and by extension, to the extinction of many species of plants and animals. Now we can say, only slightly fancifully: You eat a steak, you kill a lemur in Madagascar. You eat a chicken, you kill an Amazonian parrot, says Gidon Eshel, a geophysicist at Bard College in Annandale-On-Hudson, New York. Some of the most diverse areas of the world, or mega-diverse regions, are particularly at risk as the demand for meat increases. Researchers identified the mega-diverse regions of the world and compared them to the regions most likely to be used for future meat production. As they worked, a startling trend emerged: the areas most rich in diverse species were also some of the most likely to be destroyed to make way for meat production. According to the study, Livestock production is the single largest driver of habitat loss, and both livestock and feedstock production are increasing in developing tropical countries where the majority of biological diversity resides. The researchers top recommendation to prevent habitat destruction? (1) Reducing demand for animal-based food products and increasing proportions of plant-based foods in diets, the latter ideally to a global average of 90% of food consumed. By eating less meat each week individuals can begin to reverse this destructive trend and help protect global biodiversity. Not only is eating less meat a healthy personal choice - its a change that can help protect the earth!   Click here to read more about this study and its important implications. The post New Study Confirms: Reducing Meat Consumption is Key to Protecting Biodiversity appeared first on Meatless Monday.

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