New Zealand has reported that the dairy industry contributes to
Indonesian and Malaysian deforestation by feeding dairy cattle palm
kernel expeller (PKE).
They estimate that one New Zealand
dairy company alone is responsible for 364,000 tons of greenhouse gas
due to PKE feed, with additional emissions from the cattle themselves.
Indonesian palm plantations are also known to provide PKE for domestic
cattle. With cattle grazing and growth of animal feed that drives
rainforest destruction in the Amazon, Greenpeace New Zealand explained
in this report that PKE for animal feed is one of the top three palm
Our appreciation, Greenpeace New Zealand, for making
yet another connection between animal products and the devastating loss
of our world’s rainforests. Let us all step in unison to honor and
restore the lungs of our Earth.
As on many previous occasions,
Supreme Master Ching Hai again highlighted the climate-based need to
eliminate meat consumption during an interview for the September 2009
edition of The House Magazine.
Supreme Master Ching Hai: On
land, meat consumption is responsible for vast regions being cleared
for grazing crops, that are fed to livestock. One example is seen in
the deforested Amazon areas that have gone from lush forest to bare
fields used for cattle grazing or primarily animal feed crops. With
these activities essentially robbing our biodiversity, there has been
an alarming rise in the disappearance of plants and animals. Referencehttp://www.greenpeace.org/new-zealand/press/releases/greenpeace-takes-further-actio
one of the most comprehensive studies ever conducted in the field is
now forecasting that over a million species will be lost in the coming
50 years. The answer to all of this is quite clear. Stop the meat
consumption.Stop it yesterday. This will eliminate the so-called need
for livestock raising, which
will immediately return immense
amounts of land to natural sustainability or to natural growing methods
that allow biodiversity to be replenished. This is the way we need to
go, and fast.