Eating less meat reduces risk of COVID-19 – UN

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK - MAY 15: Philip Lymbery, CEO, Compassion in World Farming, takes part in the ‘From farm to fashion: animals in fashion supply chains’ Panel Discussion on stage during Day One of the Copenhagen Fashion Summit 2019 at DR Koncerthuset on May 15, 2019 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Since its first edition in 2009, Copenhagen Fashion Summit has established itself as the world’s leading business event on sustainability in fashion. Convening major fashion industry decision makers on a global scale, the Summit has become the nexus for agenda-setting discussions on the most critical environmental, social and ethical issues facing our industry and planet. Marking its 10th anniversary, the next edition of Copenhagen Fashion Summit takes place on 15-16 May 2019 at the Copenhagen Concert Hall under the patronage of HRH The Crown Princess of Denmark. The Summit is organised by Global Fashion Agenda, a non-profit leadership forum on fashion sustainability that works to mobilise the global fashion system to change the way we produce, market and consume fashion, for a world beyond next season. (Photo by Lars Ronbog/Getty Images for Copenhagen Fashion Summit)
COPENHAGEN, DENMARK – MAY 15: Philip Lymbery, CEO, Compassion in World Farming. (Photo by Lars Ronbog/Getty Images for Copenhagen Fashion Summit)

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) says eating less meat can help reduce the risk of coronavirus and save the environment.

The global body gave the advice while announcing a new Chatham House report on Wednesday.

Speaking on the report, Philip Lymbery of Compassion in World Farming, called for caution by humans.

“At a time when so much of the world continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s never been more obvious that the well-being of people and animals, wild and farmed, are intertwined,” he said.

UNEP warned that if ecosystems are continually destroyed, the population’s food supply will be endangered.

The document called for a shift to plant-based foods and protection of lands.

Renowned primatologist, Jane Goodall said intensive farming of billions of animals globally damages the environment.

She stressed that this causes “loss of biodiversity, producing massive greenhouse gas emissions that accelerate global warming”.

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