There is a serious decline in bees, other pollinators, birds, hedgehogs, bats and other small mammals. One of the main factors is chemical faming – 96% of arable farmland is treated with pesticides, herbicides, fungicides & synthetic fertilisers. We need to return to safe, sustainable methods – organic/veganic farming.
Synthetic fertilisers have a carbon dioxide (CO2) footprint; although the main global warming gas is CO2, methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O) are also significant heat trapping gases. Both CH4 and N2O are produced in appreciable amounts by livestock production. N2O also destroys ozone.
What can you do? Cut out (or greatly reduce) meat and dairy foods, prioritize organic foods & send this to your MP and the Minister of Agriculture. (Full text below)
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“The livestock sector emerges as one of the top 2 or 3 most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global. The findings of this report suggest that it should be a major policy focus when dealing with problems of land degradation, climate change and air pollution, water shortage and water pollution, and loss of biodiversity. Livestock’s contribution to environmental problems is on a massive scale and its potential contribution to their solution is equally large. The impact is so significant that it needs to be addressed with urgency. Major reductions in impact could be achieved at reasonable costs.” UNITED NATIONS summary Livestock’s Long Shadow 2006.
In 2006 when the United Nations report Livestock’s Long Shadow was published, the then Government did nothing to inform the public about the methane and nitrous oxide threat. We ask this Government to take the following steps:
– Inform the public of all planned steps to counter Climate Change.
The EU is actively encouraging organic production – e.g. In Austria the figure exceeds 20% and many government’s subsidise organics – however in the UK less than 4% of farmland is used organically. France and Denmark recently set 50% and 40% reduction in pesticides.
We ask that the UK government:
– Urgently adopt similar reduction in pesticide use (50%).
– Introduce pesticide tax (like Denmark) to fund environmental clean up.
– Set a target of 20% of farmland to be organic or in conversion by 2022.
Write to your MP to make our environment & future a priority
House of Commons
Include your name and postcode and ask for a response, giving youe email or phone no.
Avoiding meat and dairy is ‘single biggest way’ to reduce your impact on Earth
Biggest analysis to date reveals huge footprint of livestock – it provides just 18% of calories but takes up 83% of farmland, according to Guardian article:
“A vegan diet is probably the single biggest way to reduce your impact on planet Earth, not just greenhouse gases, but global acidification, eutrophication, land use and water use,” said Joseph Poore, at the University of Oxford, UK, who led the research. “It is far bigger than cutting down on your flights or buying an electric car,” he said, as these only cut greenhouse gas emissions.
“Agriculture is a sector that spans all the multitude of environmental problems,” he said. “Really it is animal products that are responsible for so much of this. Avoiding consumption of animal products delivers far better environmental benefits than trying to purchase sustainable meat and dairy.”
THESE CREATURES AND MANY MORE ARE UNDER THREAT
Can you spot the creatures on the card:
- Small copper butterfly
- Common blue butterfly
- Cinnabar moth
- Yellow wagtail
- Greater horseshoe bat
- Common frog
- Common toad
- Water vole
- Short tailed bumblebee
- Long tailed bumblebee
- Beetle (nebriasalina)
- Vegan Organic.Network
- Pesticide Action Network UK
- Soil Association
- Compassion in World Farming
- Chris Packham
Bat Conservation Trust
Peoples Trust for Endangered Species
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Designed and written by Sian Winstanley and Maya Winstanley-Brown