Rather than continuing to complain, I’ve been inspired by by Plant Based Nutrition Certification class to take action and let someone with influence know whats really going on! Feel free to steal and send one of your own…
May 31, 2012
Honorable Al Gore
Chairman of The Climate Reality Project
2100 West End Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203
Dear Honorable Gore,
Thank you for bringing the issue of climate change to mainstream media with your “An Inconvenient Truth” and contributing to the awareness with your other sustainability books and groups. You have been instrumental to moving in a better direction for our planet Earth.
There are other inconvenient truths, however, that based on multiple studies (i.e. “The China Study” by T. Colin Campbell and “The Food Revolution” by John Robbins), have shown to have an even a greater negative impact on our world - food production. While it may be politically unpopular to question the dairy and meat industries its important to inform people of their impact on our earth.
Health reasons set aside, it is more sustainable for our environment to move towards a whole foods plant-based diet. According to Dr. David Pimental, one acre of land is required to produce food for a year for a child, but only one-third of that if the child is vegan/vegetarian. Rather than ask people to drive expensive hybrids, we can ask them to eat more plants and less animals. A 2006 University of Chicago study found that a vegan diet is far more effective than driving a hybrid car in reducing our carbon footprint. The scientist who conducted the study stated that a Prius driver who ate a meat-based diet actually contributes more to global warming that a Hummer driver who eats a more vegan diet.
With fossil fuel for animal production being almost 11 times greater than plant production and livestock processing alone responsible for 18% of greenhouse gas emissions, a bigger share than all the SUVs, cars, trucks, buses, trains, ships and planes in the world combined this topic is worth looking at in order to better protect our world.
I think one of the first steps involves taking a look at what our government has chosen to subsidize and the what harmful farming practices they are allowing that impact, not only our land but our waters as well. In Sweden, they have been able to reduce pesticides by 68% without any reduction in crop yield. I see no reason why this country, who has put a man on the moon, could not do the same.
With your influence and credibility on the topic I am hopeful that you can help start this conversation and work with our country’s leaders to make some hard, but needed, changes. Please let me know how I can help.