UK politicians have signed an open letter urging people to go plant-based in January

Yvonne O'Halloran

Members of parliament in the UK including Caroline Lucas, Kerry McCarthy, Henry Smith and Christina Rees have signed an open letter created by Veganuary.

The letter is calling for people to try out a plant-based diet for the month of January and make a positive change for both the planet and to protect public health by minimising the risks of breeding a new pandemic.

With support from public figures such as Ricky Gervais, Bryan Adams, Jane Goodall, Chris Packham, and Paul McCartney, Veganuary hopes that its 2021 campaign can shed light on the benefits of becoming vegan.

The letter says: “Animal agriculture is responsible for an estimated 14.5 percent of all human-generated greenhouse gas emissions. Oxford University researchers found that almost every animal product creates far more emissions than almost every plant product. Quite simply, we cannot tackle climate change while we farm and eat animals on an industrial scale.”

Pandemic experts warn that because of overcrowded, squalid conditions, factory farms – especially chicken farms – are breeding grounds for the next global pandemic. Already these farms have given us H1N1 (swine flu) and H5N1 (avian flu), the latter having a 60 percent mortality rate.”

“More than one billion tonnes of food must be grown to feed the billions of animals we farm3 – far more than is needed if people were to eat plants. That farmland has to come from somewhere, and all too often it is taken from the wild.

“Today, we are urging everyone to help build a better future by signing up to try vegan this January with Veganuary. Together, we can create a world that is kinder and safer for all.”

Article written by Martha Moody- United Kingdom

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