What if the whole world went vegan? - BBC Ideas

What would happen if the whole world went vegan?

1/16/2022 1:22:00 PM

What would happen if the whole world went vegan?

What if the whole world went vegan? This BBC Ideas video looks at what impact it would that have in terms of climate change and the environment.

What if the whole world went vegan?The average person eats about 40kg of meat per year. In developed countries, it’s double that… or about the same weight as an adult dolphin. But experts now advise cutting down the amount of meat we eat, to help reduce climate change. So, here’s a thought experiment… What if the whole world turned vegan? Around 15% of all greenhouse gases emitted by humans are from livestock production. If we all became vegan, these emissions would be slashed. Eating meat takes up space… a lot of it. Around 80% of all farmland is dedicated to meat and dairy production. That’s about the size of Europe, the US, China, and Australia combined. Meat and dairy typically provide 18% of our calories, but account for 60% of greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture. A report by the UN’s climate body, the IPCC, recommends we all reduce the amount of meat we eat. And also how much we waste. The report found 8-10% of all global emissions are down to food loss and food waste. But not all meat is the same. Large-scale farming of beef has a particularly high impact, and has been a big factor in the loss of the Amazon rainforest. When cows digest their food, they produce methane a powerful greenhouse gas that’s about 28 times more powerful than carbon dioxide over 100 years. And when cows burp, this methane is emitted. One cow releases between 70 and 100kg of methane every year, and there are around 1.5 billion cattle in the world today. But it’s not that simple. A lot depends on how the meat is produced. Most meat is mass-produced by large-scale industry, and this can come with a heavy environmental impact. But small-scale farming of animals can have a lower environmental footprint. And sometimes - for example in the case of traditional grazing it can be beneficial in terms of biodiversity. Vegan alternatives can also come with their own problems. For example, almond production requires huge amounts of water. But if everyone switched to a plant-based diet, it could bring several positive health benefits. One study estimated that if everyone ate a vegan diet with lots of fresh fruit and veg around eight million deaths could be avoided around the world by 2050. There are no simple answers. But if everyone were to change how they look at food, cultivate it, and eat it in a sustainable way, we could, potentially, change the world.

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It WON’T Happen So Why Even Suggest it. That’s Like Saying the Whole World Has to Support Man City or Man Utd, NOT GONNA HAPPEN !!! Certain economy's would struggle. Animal rights activists would be bouncing off the walls trying to re home daisy the cow and Shannon the sheep. And ut would be very happen

No one would have a bloody smile What would happen if all male went soy? Climate change would speed up exponentially, as a result of the agrarian farming needed, and industrial measures, to produce enough ersatz meat/protein. Just like a book written to support synthetic beef we are Iiving in a sick world indeed

I would have plenty of meat 👍 The cows would die of hunger! Cows, chickens and pigs would become extinct? There will more pressure on Agriculture. 'Animals could increase their killing of other animals with no competition from humans'

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The smoke from the pyres of unprofitably and wastefully slaughtered dead livestock would block out the sun. Can't we move up the scrapping of the licence fee to right now? Why? Just imagine the aroma of all that extra flatulence 💨💨 I assume they mean humans here since some species such the cat family require animal protein to live. Plus I've always wondered what would happen to pigs, cows, sheep etc. 1 - they would still breed, 2 - what about all the wool, 3 - all that lovely honey going to waste too.

Never going to happen! I am a carnivore, not a rabbit! Take me there for million years to come Suppose we’ll eat more Soya based foods which would be somewhat of a problem in the Uk because it doesn’t grow very well. M&S would have a field day with their plant kitchen foods. DJ Dimitri Vegas Live Performance at Expo 2020 | NY 2022 Celebration | Watch Till End for fire works

There'd be too many chickens

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Lots of cows, sheep, pigs, goats, chickens would be slaughtered and burned. It would be a new world crisis, due to crop failures, war, and climate change, locusts and bug pandemics, lack of slaves (low-wage workers) There would be a world shortage of B12 supplements! I wouldn't get anything done due to spending all my time telling people I'm vegan

I would probably drink more wine!! I don't care if your vegetarian or vegan and I respect your choices so please respect my choice to have steak and chips! No thanks I think I will pass Lot of current vegans would struggle. How would they stand out? They might have to develop a personality and a better introduction than being vegan.

As a vegetarian myself (almost vegan but too lazy), it would actually be a disaster. The one *good* thing about animal meat is it can survive a particularly harsh weather for much longer than vegetables. Combined with climate change, mass veganism would probably end in famine.😄 We would have to sell our farms ....then to developers who will create crecrete jungles ...think you twits

We'd all need gas masks 😂

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We would have geriatric cows dying of old age What would happen if the woke, vegans, flat earthers and antivaxxers disappeared (or at least shut up)? 🎉🥳🍾 Stop pushing this subject, I like the choice to choose meat, fish or just vegetables when I go shopping, democracy. People would look miserable and smell of beans .

We would have Mr Potato Heads for babies Wud be a disaster The hospitals would be full of very sick people. No thanks The deforestation would be epic to make room for the land needed to grow more crops not to mention the amount of water that would be needed. Then of course there would be the mass slaughter (and possible extinction of some) of all the animals that are used for food. govegans

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Close Transcript What if the whole world went vegan? The average person eats about 40kg of meat per year. In developed countries, it’s double that… or about the same weight as an adult dolphin. But experts now advise cutting down the amount of meat we eat, to help reduce climate change. So, here’s a thought experiment… What if the whole world turned vegan? Around 15% of all greenhouse gases emitted by humans are from livestock production. If we all became vegan, these emissions would be slashed. Eating meat takes up space… a lot of it. Around 80% of all farmland is dedicated to meat and dairy production. That’s about the size of Europe, the US, China, and Australia combined. Meat and dairy typically provide 18% of our calories, but account for 60% of greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture. A report by the UN’s climate body, the IPCC, recommends we all reduce the amount of meat we eat. And also how much we waste. The report found 8-10% of all global emissions are down to food loss and food waste. But not all meat is the same. Large-scale farming of beef has a particularly high impact, and has been a big factor in the loss of the Amazon rainforest. When cows digest their food, they produce methane a powerful greenhouse gas that’s about 28 times more powerful than carbon dioxide over 100 years. And when cows burp, this methane is emitted. One cow releases between 70 and 100kg of methane every year, and there are around 1.5 billion cattle in the world today. But it’s not that simple. A lot depends on how the meat is produced. Most meat is mass-produced by large-scale industry, and this can come with a heavy environmental impact. But small-scale farming of animals can have a lower environmental footprint. And sometimes - for example in the case of traditional grazing it can be beneficial in terms of biodiversity. Vegan alternatives can also come with their own problems. For example, almond production requires huge amounts of water. But if everyone switched to a plant-based diet, it could bring several positive health benefits. One study estimated that if everyone ate a vegan diet with lots of fresh fruit and veg around eight million deaths could be avoided around the world by 2050. There are no simple answers. But if everyone were to change how they look at food, cultivate it, and eat it in a sustainable way, we could, potentially, change the world. Sustainable thinking