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I don't understand why when between the UN FAO 2006 report showing that Meat Prodn contributes 18% of GHGs and the more recent Worldwatch Institute study putting this at 51%, that especially environmental groups like WWF don't have 'eating less meat' as their #1 suggestion for saving the planet
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  • From an environmental perspective, WWF supports any personal choice that reduces our individual footprint on our living planet. Choosing to eat little, or no, meat can certainly be helpful to the environment especially if the choice also includes eating food that is grown close to the point of consumption (within 20-100km) and if the food is grown in a sustainable fashion that does not further reduce the Earth's natural resources.

    In our "how you can help" section we suggest that eating less meat is good both for the environment and our health:
    http://www.panda.org/how_you_can_help/

    Our global footprint programme deals with sustainable agricultural issues:
    http://www.panda.org/what_we_do/footp...

    WWF recognises that everyone makes choices every day about the way that we live. From the food we eat, to the transport we take and the work we need to do to survive and thrive. WWF tries to provide options that minimise the harmful effects that these choices can sometimes make. Our support of responsible forestry and responsible fishing through the FSC and MSC schemes are examples of this. Our overall approach to sustainability and reducing impacts can be seen in the following:
    http://www.panda.org/what_we_do/footp...

    I hope that this helps clarifies WWF's support of personal choice that is kind to the world that we share including that of reducing meat consumption.
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    • Dear Jackie,
      I am afraid your reply only express how WWF is trying to avoid offending those who denote, or challenging your own plates.
      Which weigh more in WWF's eyes, budget or the Earth?

      Remember when WWF list energy and aviation issues top on your climate appeal, WWF list nothing related to livestock, which contributes GHG double more than all transportations combined worldwide. tricky enough?
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    Hi Jackie,
    I have looked everywhere on WWF and if it is a suggestion, It must be in some subliminal text. Perhaps I have missed it.
    My point remains. If one (ie WWF) acknowledges that Climate Change is real and how critical the situation is, AND also acknowledging the contribution that meat production contributes to GHG, then I Suggest that WWF should make it a more point in your website.
    IE. you can not tell me that your top 2 choices in Live Green, Recycling and Turning off the TV (!!!) will help the environment and Climate Change MORE than someone reducing meat consumption ?!!

    Hope this clarifies
    thanks
    San
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    Choose organic vegan diet as much as you can.
    NOT consume livestock products today!
    Livestock industry contributes 51% human-made GHG emissions, according to latest Worldwatch mag, and 18%, more than all transportation combined worldwide according to UN FAO's 2006 report "Livestock Long Shadow".

    This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
    Be Vegan to Save the Earth, the Animals, and the Human..
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    Livestock's impact on climate, land, and rain forest are much worse than aviation. Then why WWF avoid to include it in "What must be agreed" in COP15? I am very curious of what make WWF avoid such an important issue? Is it about donations? If yes, then which weighs more for WWF, donation or the Earth?

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    Is it about donation that makes WWF avoid livestock issue?.
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    irresponsible! that's the point.

    (As many who care about the environment, I have been long admire WWF. But now I start to doubt...)

    If WWF justifies itself by saying food is a personal choice, so food industry issue is classified as a personal choice rather than a public policy for WWF. Then why WWF chooses to put transportation, aviation on its climate appeal while listing livestock out? Isn't travelling also a personal choice?

    What worries WWF? What makes WWF keep silent on animal agriculture? I don't see environmental sincerity here.
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  • Something smells fishy.

    http://wwf.panda.org/about_our_earth/...

    -- WWF has a data table on that page that clearly indicates methane has changed the most over time.
    -- Fun fact not on the page: Methane is also a more powerful GHG than CO2.
    -- Nonetheless, right above the data table in bold font WWF says "CO2 is the most important gas causing climate change".
    -- I can only conclude that WWF is worried we might fail to ignore the data, and so has helpfully directed us to ignore it.

    If I have to guess why, and I do, either WWF are closet geniuses (because I actually think we'd do better to fight CO2 now and methane later for historical, psychological, and chemistry reasons that are beyond scope here)... or WWF is well aware that a typical environmentalist isn't emotionally mature enough to give up, let's say 3/4 of their meat consumption for environmental reasons, and has less interest in the environment than in staying relevant and continuing to receive donations. In other words, WWF seems content to allow-and-help-enable us to be the hypocrites we want to be.

    Supporting evidence: This post is the only such one that showed up in the search-before-you-post utility and it hasn't been commented on for 6 years.
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