Meat makes us and the planet sick

Our future is being critically threatened by industrial meat and dairy. The intensive production of livestock is tearing down our forests, polluting our water, shifting the climate, and putting human health at risk.

Our appetite for cows, pigs, and chickens is devastating the world around us and it’s being driven by a global industry of corporate actors who put profits before people and the environment.

While they are the major culprit, we too play a role in this problem — we are simply consuming too much meat, and it’s creating widespread impacts on our sustainable future.

Plant-rich lifestyles are the answer

We want a healthy future for ourselves and for the planet. A future that ensures our children live in a world with fresh air, abundant forests, and a stable climate. One where all people have access to clean water and wholesome, nourishing food to eat.

We must significantly reduce global meat and dairy production and address the way animals are raised and treated.

It’s not only vegans and vegetarians that are helping to change this broken system, it’s reducetarians, “flexitarians,” and “climatarians.” The choices we make about our food matter.

Watch three films exposing the impact of meat

What you can do

Not convinced of the impact meat and dairy have on our ecosystems? Consider this. In terms of mass, there’s more cattle than human on the planet. The weight of the global cattle population passed 130 million tonnes in 2010, with humans at just 100 million tonnes.
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Help us reach 50% less meat & dairy

Read Greenpeace’s vision for reducing meat and dairy by 50% by 2050 and why we need to do it.

Read our vision
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Change your school

Talk to school administrators about getting more plant-rich choices at your child’s school.

See draft letter
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Spread the word

Talk to friends and family about the impact of meat and dairy on the climate.

Read the facts
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Cook a plant-based meal once weekly

Experiment with the diversity of plant based ingredients to discover new flavours.

Check the cookbook
1 Help us reach 50% less meat & dairy

Read Greenpeace’s vision for reducing meat and dairy by 50% by 2050 and why we need to do it.

Read our vision

Talk to school administrators about getting more plant-rich choices at your child’s school.

See draft letter

Talk to friends and family about the impact of meat and dairy on the climate.

Read the facts

Experiment with the diversity of plant based ingredients to discover new flavours.

Check the cookbook

How meat and soy destroy forests