Life is about choices. Our choices can take us either closer to our dreams, well-being and balance or alternatively further away. Unfortunately, not all of us have the power to make a choice or even to be heard. Also more than a choice of a single person, it’s the money and the politics that are at the core of all decisions in this world. At least we need to acknowledge the consequences.
This is why I’m choosing organic, grass fed, pasture raised, sustainable products from local farmers and fishermen. Even though organic products are often more expensive than mass-produced. The thing is, if more people demand, the more this kind of farming and fishing will flourish and the prices will eventually come down. If a single choice is combined with thousands, millions and more, I would say it’s a winner!
This short video contains the facts and statistics from the incredible documentary Cowspiracy showing the devastating consequences eating animal products has on the planet.
This is the short version of the eye-opening documentary “Cowspiracy – The Sustainability Secret” – unofficial version. The original documentary belongs to Kip Anderson and Keegan Kuhn. This is a must watch document to find out more about the impacts our day to day activities causes on the planet.
“Animal agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation, water consumption and pollution is responsible for more greenhouse gases than the transportation industry, and is a primary driver of rainforest destruction, species extinction, habitat loss, topsoil erosion, ocean “dead zones,” and virtually every other environmental ill. Yet it goes on, almost entirely unchallenged.” – Cowspiracy.com
Shocking images of animal mass production.
Read The Huffington Post recent article about “9 Facts About Factory Farming That Will Break Your Heart”.
Fishing techniques have changed considerably over the last decades. The industry builds upon new technologies to fish further, deeper. These practices aren’t without consequences on the natural environment.
- One billion people rely on fish as an important source of protein. – WWF
- An international group of ecologists and economists warned that the world will run out of seafood by 2048. – Washington Post
- The looming collapse of fisheries threatens the most important source of food for 250 million people. – The Earth’s Carrying Capacity – Bruce Sundquist
- According to the UNFAO, about 70 percent of our global fisheries are now being fished close to, already at, or beyond their capacity. – The Earth’s Carrying Capacity – Bruce Sundquist
- As many as 90 percents of all the ocean’s large fish have been fished out. – WWF
- One percent of the world’s Industrial fishing fleets account for 50 percent of the world’s catches. – CNN
- Government subsidies of over $15 billion a year play a major role in creating the world’s fishing fleets.- WWF
- The global fishing fleets are 250 percent larger than the oceans can sustainably support.- WWF
- Only 0.6 percent of the world’s oceans are designated as protected.- WWF
- A Greenpeace report states that 40 percent of the world’s oceans should be placed in nature reserves. – MSNBC
- In 2004, 13,000 new marine species were discovered, according to the Census of Marine Life. – Census of Marine Life
- Japan has caught $6 billion worth of illegal Southern Bluefin tuna over the past 20 years. – Australian Broadcasting Corporation
- Over the past 50 years, World consumption of tuna has increased tenfold, from 0.4 million to over 4 million tonnes. – Environmental Justice Foundation
- In 2000 tuna longliners set 1.2 billion hooks catching an untold number of turtles, seabirds and sharks. – WWF
- Fifteen species of sharks have seen their numbers drop by 50 per cent in the last 20 years. – National Geographic
- Illegal fishing is worth up to $9 billion a year. – Illegal Fishing.info
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