Consuming is a daily part of our lives. We need to feed our families and ourselves and keep our homes, businesses and lives running. Each time we go out into the world we wield tremendous power in the decisions we make and the dollars we spend. Taking just 2 extra minutes to read the back of a label or find out more about what your are investing in can have huge impacts on the lives of animals produced for food, habitats that are homes for many species and the health of our planet.
Eat Higher Welfare
Higher welfare animal products cause less animal suffering. Buying them will encourage investment in higher welfare farming which is smaller scale and poses fewer risks to animals, people and the planet.
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Eating less meat, dairy and eggs reduces the environmental impact of animal farming and improves human health.
Most people in the west eat more protein than they need. The saturated fat in many meat and dairy products can be harmful to good health and may contribute to obesity, type-2 diabetes and heart disease. Global cancer experts say red meat can be a factor in certain cancers and that processed meats should be avoided altogether.
Farm animal production is responsible for 18% of greenhouse gases produced – more than all forms of transport combined at 14%. Another good reason for eating less.
Choose Sustainable Food
Meat and dairy production use huge amounts of cereals and soy grown for animal feed and that most precious and increasingly scarce global resource, water. As Dr Pachauri, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has said, “Please eat less meat. Meat is a very carbon-intensive commodity.”
80% of the world’s fish stocks are overfished or fished to their limit. Researchers have estimated that 90% of big predatory fish have been lost – species like Bluefin tuna, swordfish and sharks. Leading marine scientists are saying that unless we fast-track massive changes to the way we manage our seas we face a continued crash in fish stocks.
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Going Vegetarian or Vegan
Cutting out meat or all animal products is obviously a fantastic way to reduce animal suffering and the impact animal production has on the environment. However, if you choose to be a veggie remember to look for higher welfare dairy and egg products.
Read the Ingredients
Consider what ingredients are in the products you purchase. Palm Oil and it’s derivatives are directly contributing to the destruction of rainforests and putting species, like our close relatives the orangutans, in danger of extinction.
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Choose Cruelty Free
Every year, millions of animals are poisoned and killed in barbaric tests to evaluate the toxicity of consumer products and their ingredients. Animal testing is not necessary to ensure consumer safety. Although many companies claim to use animal tests for consumer safety, many hundreds of companies worldwide do not test on animals. Animal testing is not designed to protect the consumer, but to protect the company against you in case you sue.
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One of the biggest environmental problems related to over-consumption is the production and disposal of excessive packaging. We are a society that is programmed to buy everything in a box or bag. Over a lifetime we can contribute to the disposal of hundreds of thousands of highly toxic boxes and bags into landfills where they slowly poison our soil and water. Much of this plastic waste also ends up in our oceans and is mistaken for food by larger ocean mammals with often tragic consequences.
The definition of Consume:
1. To take in as food; eat or drink up.
2. To expend; use up, to destroy, waste or squander.
3. To purchase economic goods and services: a society that consumes as fast as it produces
So ultimately the power is in your hands. Are you conscious about the impact of your consumption habits or unconscious? Consumewithcare.org encourages you to think about the impacts you make on a daily basis and invites you to join our conscious consumer community.