1. Over consumption of meat, fish and dairy produce is the main contributor to modern diseases; heart disease, diabetes, certain cancers, strokes, obesity etc.
2. To meet the escalating demand livestock farming has gone industrial, factory farming is the main source of meat.
3. The environment is being destroyed by deforestation & soil erosion (to grow crops for meat production or to graze animals), rivers and oceans are being polluted with waste from factory farms and run off from intensive agriculture .
4. Fresh water shortages already a major consequence; it takes 3,000 gallons of water to produce the meat for one hamburger, and up to a 1,000 gallons for a quart of milk, 600 gallons to produce a pound of cheese. It is estimated that 70% of all water used in western states of America is used raising animals for food.
5. Depletion of fossil fuels, production of animal foods is a major consumer of oil supplies; animal produce needs over twenty times the energy input compared with plant food to produce the same calorific output.
6. Antibiotic resistant bacteria developing as a result of excessive and routine use of antibiotics in factory farming.
7. It takes sixteen pounds of grain to produce one pound of meat, more than 70% of grain grown in the west is fed to livestock.
8. All the above is serious enough without the moral and ethical problem of treating fellow mammals and other sentient animals as mere material to be processed for our unnecessary eating pleasure.
9. Famine and malnutrition is a major killer in the world despite an abundance of food being produced since much of this is fed to livestock rather than people.
10. There is an unspoken alliance between many commercial interests to pursue profit rather than provide for a healthier world. This includes, industrialised farming, the food industry, pharmaceutical industry, the health insurance industry and indeed much of the health industry that would cease to thrive with a healthier population.
Only a progressive shift in our eating habits, from high meat, fish, poultry and dairy towards a plant based diet can reduce the deaths from chronic diseases and world famine.
Current trends show an increasing shift towards more animal food based eating habits as people become more affluent, an un-sustainable road to global disasters that our grandchildren will have to suffer.
The solution is education of school children, adults, doctors and our leaders about the above, and what is on your fork at your next meal.