The Plant­ Based Diet is Kind ­ to the climate, human health and to animals

Media Release
Wednesday 8 June 2016

We don’t need animals for food. We might like animal foods, or be culturally or religiously accustomed to eating these foods, but there is an overabundance of healthy plant-based foods to form a complete diet.
“Given the current science on climate change and the role of animal agriculture on global warming, how can governments morally and economically continue to justify supporting animal agriculture industries at current levels?” asks Bruce Poon, the Animal Justice Party’s lead senate candidate in Victoria. 
“Animal agriculture is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, uses enormous amounts of water - particularly the dairy industry, and is a major factor in the growth of antibiotic resistant bacteria.”
Run-off from intensely farmed animal factories pollutes soils and waterways. It takes between 50,000 and 100,000 litres of water to produce one kilogram of beef, but only 2,500 litres to produce a kilogram of rice, and even less to produce fruit and vegetables.
“A plant-based diet has a positive impact for the individual, animals and the planet.”
“Growing legumes increases the amount of nitrogen available to plants because legumes capture nitrogen from the air and turn it into plant food. This reduces the need for fertilisers. It also leaves the soil enriched through the plant matter left after harvesting, creating a natural fertilizer for other crops.”
“From a public health perspective, research is clear now that animal based foods are associated with the development of a variety of cancers and other diseases, including prostate and breast cancer, diabetes, heart disease, stroke and obesity”
“Transitioning to a plant-based diet is also powerful from an animal welfare perspective.” It is also consistent with public opinion since 96% of people oppose animal cruelty.”
But what about the farmers who rely on food animals for their livelihood? Wouldn’t it ruin them if we all stopped eating meat and dairy products?
“Obviously, Australians aren’t going to change their diets overnight. The rational approach for governments is to focus agricultural subsidies on plant-based agriculture and help farmers to transition to more sustainable, healthy and kind alternatives.” Bruce Poon states.
According to Poon “a plant-based climaterian diet, a plant-based diet, a kind diet – whatever you call it - is good for humans, the environment and of course the animals it spares from a miserable life and death”.


Contacts for comment:
AJP Victorian Senate Candidate Bruce Poon: phone 0400 248 226; Email: [email protected]