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Sir Paul urges people to go veggie


Sir Paul urges people to go veggie


Sir Paul McCartney called on people to consider altering their eating habits to "strike a blow for the environment, our children and the future".

He drew attention to a United Nations report which found that the livestock sector generates more greenhouse gas emissions as measured in CO2 equivalent - 18% - than transport.

In a letter to the Press Association he quoted Henning Steinfeld, chief of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation's livestock information and policy branch, who said: "Livestock are one of the most significant contributors to today's most serious environmental problems. Urgent action is required to remedy the situation."

Sir Paul said the report, Livestock's Long Shadow - Environmental Issues And Options, contained one clear message - that the single most effective act that any individual can currently do to lessen the effects of global warming is to become vegetarian.

"That this message comes directly from an authoritative body such as the UN (whose member states, it should be remembered, are not generally considered vegetarian) rather than an organisation committed to vegetarianism is significant."

Sir Paul adds: "What I think is especially compelling is that this report should now encourage everybody to 'do their bit' for the planet... the evidence that the report gives is, frankly, stunning. It points directly to the striking detrimental effects of

excessive livestock farming on the environment."

He points out that the report says 70% of former forests in the Amazon have been turned over to grazing and that livestock now use 30% of the entire world's land surface.

When emissions from land use and land use change (ie deforestation) are included, the livestock sector accounts for 9% of CO2 deriving from human-related activities, but produces a much larger share of even more harmful greenhouse gases, the report says.

"It generates 65% of human-related nitrous oxide, which has 296 times the Global Warming Potential (GWP) of CO2. Most of this comes from manure."

Sir Paul adds: "By simply considering altering eating habits people can strike a blow for the environment, our children and the future. Such facts and data as those listed above can't be ignored."

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