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CAN SAVE THE ENVIRONMENT WITH NO LOSS OF GDP
85% LESS AGRICULTURAL LAND USED, LESS HABITAT DESTRUCTION, 30% LESS IRRIGATION WATER USED,
LESS GREENHOUSE GASES, A MORE EFFICIENT ECONOMY, HEALTHIER PEOPLE,
THE END OF WORLD STARVATION AND 0% LESS GDP
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"While Australian agriculture no longer contributes a large share to gross domestic product – averaging around 3% in recent years – it utilises a large proportion of natural resources, accounting for 70% of water consumption and almost 60% of Australia's land area."
Year Book Australia 2007 page 409.
Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Australian agriculture uses 70% of Australia's water for 3% of GDP.
Livestock grazing used nearly one-third of Australia's irrigation water for 1.5% of Australia's GDP.
"Pasture for grazing used the most water. It accounted for nearly one-third of irrigation water."
Year Book Australia 2007 page 577.
"Households accounted for 9% of total water used."
Year Book Australia 2007 page 576.
AND INTRODUCED SPECIES
"Livestock grazing accounts for the largest area of land use in agriculture, with approximately 382 mill. Ha, or in excess of 85% of all agricultural land, being used for this activity. In the higher rainfall and irrigated areas, livestock grazing has led to the replacement of large areas of native vegetation with more productive
introduced pastures and grasses, many of which have now become naturalised."
Year Book Australia 2007 page 410.
Livestock grazing uses 85% of Australia's agricultural land – 50% of Australia's total land – for 1.5% Australia's of GDP.
The 15% of agricultural land, used for orchards and other crops, produces just as much – 1.5% GDP.
382 million Hectare for grazing is about 45 acres per Australian.
Or, about 180 quarter-acre house blocks per Australian which shows the high environmental cost of eating animals.
"A vegetarian diet can prevent 90 per cent of our thrombo-embolic disease and 97 percent of our coronary occlusions."
"The Journal Of The American Medical Association", editorial, 3rd June 1961, page 806.
That was 1961.
Will people ever learn?
As well as heart attacks and strokes the eating of meat and of animal fat also causes cancers – particularly of the breast and colon.
Surveys show vegetarians have far lower death, as well as disease, rates than animal eaters.
Australia's GDP and return on capital would increase by investing Australia's limited capital in higher return, lower environmental input industries – that also pay more for land and water than farmers do.
Australian livestock now use 85% of Australia's agricultural land – 50% of Australia's total land – and 30% of Australia's irrigation water – to produce only 1.5% of GDP.
Livestock slaughterings – 1.0% of GDP. And, livestock products – wool, milk, eggs – 0.5% of GDP.
Year Book Australia 2007 page 413.
This 1.0%, or 1.5%, gain in GDP is more than lost by the cost of the lost production, productivity and quality of life due to the strokes, heart attacks, cancers and many other diseases that people cause themselves by eating animals.
"The population of the world is 4000 million, but if the food consumption by farm animals
is expressed in human terms their demands are equivalent to another 15000 million mouths.
To put it simply, the world's agricultural output is enough to support five times its present population."
"British Medical Journal", editorial, 9th July 1977, page 80.
That was 1977. It is now 2010.
Has anything changed?
Mahatma Gandhi said there is enough in this world for everyone's need but not for everyone's greed.
Some people eat animals while other people do not eat at all.
As well as grazing on land – that could grow crops – and feeding grain to animals – in cattle feed lots and factory farms – Australians still import food from other countries where people are starving.
Far less agricultural land, water and fossil fuel would be needed in a vegetarian world.
10 billion vegetarians or vegans could be well fed off half the agricultural land used in 1977.
Land clearing for agriculture could have been reversed in 1977 or earlier.
People could stop starving.
People could be healthier.
There would be plenty of water for everyone. 100,000 litres of water are used to produce one to five kilograms of beef. That is more water than the average person, in Australia, uses at home in a year.
And, the methane, that livestock produce, is a far worse greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.
VEGETARIAN OR VEGAN DIET
For a healthy diet include:
1: Fresh, raw fruit or fruit juice.
2: Fresh, raw or lightly cooked, in water, vegetables.
3: Concentrated foods such as nuts, walnuts are 6% omega-3, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, peanuts, rolled oats, potatoes, lentils, skim milk or nonfat yoghurt.
4: Seaweed for trace elements.
5: Apricot kernels, and herbs, for nutrients that have been bred out of domesticated plants.
6: Consider using a sublingual vitamin B12 supplement.
7: Choose foods that you enjoy eating and that you chew well and digest well – and, do some weight bearing and aerobic exercises to increase your utilization of protein, calcium and other nutrients.
Edited by Greg on Jul 14, 2013 8:36 PM