The director of "Titanic," "Terminator" and "Avatar," James Cameron has called humanity to veganism and reminded about the negative impact of livestock on the environment
James Cameron (James Cameron), a well-known writer, director and producer, made September 15, 2015 in Los Angeles at the Summit on Climate Change with a call to go to a vegan lifestyle.
Cameron, who is known not only for its successes in the cinema, but also proactive in the protection of nature and animals, being 4 years vegan, raised an important topic. Negative impact of livestock on climate
James discussed with Sam Kass (Sam Kass), former chief adviser to the White House on policy in the field of dietetics, as the exception of meat and dairy products from your diet can help reduce carbon emissions.
Cameron said that the annual greenhouse gas emissions from the livestock farms in the order of 7, 1 Gt carbon dioxide equivalent. This amounts to 14, 5% of the total amount of greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere by human activities. That's more than the entire transport sector produces on the planet - 13, 5%.
The main sources of emissions are the production and processing of feed, cattle digestion and manure decomposition process. The balance of the processing and transportation of animal by-products.
"We can make big changes immediately, simply by giving people the opportunity to change their lifestyle. It does not require huge investments. It does not require new and innovative projects, new engines and new sources of energy ", - quotes James Cameron fortune.com
"We must do this for the survival of our civilization - otherwise it will cost us dearly, it is far easier to prevent climate change, than to try to correct the negative consequences to which they lead. Many people do not think about the connection between animal husbandry and climate. By 2050, the world population could increase to 9 billion people or more.
We need to make people aware that the choices they make every day at the table, has a direct impact on the climate. 75% of forests in the Amazon cut down for pasture and agricultural land for the cultivation of soybeans, which are mainly used as raw materials for concentrate feed destined to animals. It's all interconnected, and it is very difficult. People are hard to understand these things, but you can just tell them: your health and the health of your planet depends on very simple things that you can do today. In addition, you will save money because it is cheaper vegetable nutrition. After growing the meat is more expensive than growing plants and require more resources. "
More than 70% of the crop grown in the United States, given to animal feed.
70% of available water is used for growing crops, most of which goes to animals, not people.
To produce one kilogram of meat you need 13 kilograms of grain.
Livestock also has a detrimental effect on scarce water resources of the land, because they pollute animal waste, antibiotics, hormones, chemicals used for tanning skins, fertilizers and pesticides for spraying fields where food is grown.
This is not to mention the monstrous cruelty of animal husbandry industry, each year about 100 billion-blowing lives of innocent creatures.