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Climate Camp: the Vegan Solution

Posted 14 August 2007

The Camp for Climate Action is underway at its site next to Heathrow airport. While focusing on the growing threat to the environment from air traffic, the camp organisers have not forgotten the even greater risk from livestock farming. The camp is entirely vegan.

Christian Aid (CA), by contrast, has omitted to mention livestock farming in their latest eco-campaign. Their Cut the Carbon march and rallies make no mention of the impact diet has on climate change and no surprise - Christian Aid continues to promote livestock farming, even in the most ecologically vulnerable parts of the world.

A recent major report by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) revealed that livestock farming contributes 18 per cent of all man-made greenhouse gases - a larger share than the entire global transport sector.

The FAO report also detailed the inefficiencies of using animals as a source of nutrients for people rather than devoting agricultural resources (land, labour, water) to producing food for people to consume directly. ‘In simple numeric terms,’ the report states, ‘livestock actually detract more from total food supply than they provide.’

This reality prompted the Bishop of London, Richard Chartres, to become vegetarian two years ago. He told The Guardian newspaper: ‘In Mozambique, I saw very clearly what an inefficient converter beasts were of grain into protein.’

While Christian Aid retains its blind spot on this issue, Animal Aid supporters will continue to attend each of their rallies to encourage them, like the Camp for Climate Action, to see the whole picture and campaign accordingly. On Saturday, August 11, Animal Aid was at the Leeds CA rally (see photo above). On August 27, we shall be in Birmingham city centre (Bradford Street) for the march to Millennium Point where the CA rally will take place. Birmingham Animal Aid supporters will be carrying a banner titled ‘Cut the Crap’ and handing out leaflets explaining why promoting animal farming to impoverished people is not a sustainable solution.

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