How Living Vegan Includes The Rejection Of Our Participation In The Massive Ecological Problems Of Exploiting Animals


I’m making separate posts on individual issues related to Veganism so that anyone who wants a handy reference guide to each issue won’t have to go through my entire link list to find it. The links included in each individual post may not be updated regularly so the Master List will be the only place to find complete updates. These posts will be comprehensive enough to cover most or all questions related to each issue, however.

Disclaimer: My only goal with this list is to produce as comprehensive a resource for Vegan information as possible. I am 100% Abolitionist Vegan and 100% against the exploitation of nonhuman and human animals, any type of violence against human or nonhuman persons or property, welfare regulation, any form of speciesism, ethnic bigotry, genderism, ableism, heterosexism, etc., any of the large governmental or non-governmental nonhuman animal organizations, “happy meat,” vegetarianism, veg*nism, Meat-Out Mondays, or other forms of reductionism and anything else that makes it seem like any form of violence or exploitation of animals is ok. If any of those positions are endorsed on any site in this list, or any language is used to imply that, it’s not that I included that link because I agree, but simply because I don’t control every bit of information on all of these sites.

Veganism is a social justice movement and a philosophy of nonviolence towards all sentient beings. It’s an Animal Rights movement, not an environmental one. However, there are incidental benefits to consuming a plants-only diet and many of those are environmental. Here is all the info I’ve collected so far for The Master List on these issues.

Section 4:
Ecological (primarily):

Sub-Section 4A:
Video Section:

“Making the Connection – Why Vegan? PART 1”:

“Making the Connection – Why Vegan? PART 2”:

“Sustainability and Food Choice: Why Eating Local, “Less” Meat, and Taking Baby Steps Won’t Work”:

“Planet Earth Is You – Carlos Chavira”:

“Green Gold” – Documentary by John D. Liu:

“Forest Gardening with Robert Hart (Complete)”:


pa-wastelandLand devastated by forest fires

Sub-Section 4B:
Text-Based Info (primarily):

Sub-Section 4B1:
Environmental Destruction And The Solutions To That (primarily):

“We can’t keep eating as we are – why isn’t the IPCC shouting this from the rooftops?”:

“UK could slow climate clock by converting animal farmland to forest and still grow enough protein”:

UK could slow climate clock by converting animal farmland to forest and still grow enough protein

Book Review: “Food Choice And Sustainability: Why Buying Local, Eating Less Meat, And Taking Baby Steps Won’t Work” by Dr. Richard Oppenlander:

“What Would Happen To All The Animals If Everyone Went Vegan?” by Will Tuttle:

“Response to Criticism of Cowspiracy Facts”:

“New estimates of the environmental cost of food”:

“Reducing food’s environmental impacts through producers and consumers”:

“Number of Animals Killed to Produce One Million Calories in Eight Food Categories”:

“Livestock And Climate Change”:

“Livestock Impacts On The Environment”:

Peer-reviewed studies on livestock grazing impacts:

“Top 10 Reasons Why It’s Green to Go Veggie”:

“Food choices, health and environment: Effects of cutting Europe’s meat and dairy intake”:

“Evaluating the environmental impact of various dietary patterns combined with different food production systems”:

“Meeting the demand: An estimation of potential future greenhouse gas emissions from meat production”:



What goes into a burger:

“Eco-Invasion: Laying out the facts about invasive species”:

“Climate Change” July 2009:
According to Elke Stehfest, it is necessary to cut global GHG emissions by 2/3 before 2050 to not exceed a critical point of warming. This is estimated to cost $40 trillion USD. By drastically reducing animal consumption, we can cut the bill by 50% or $20 trillion dollars.

“International Journal of Climate Change” June 2012:
The World Preservation Foundation estimated that the savings were closer to 80% or $32 trillion USD.

“Nature” July 2013:
A more recent estimation of the global cost of “battling” global warming is $60 trillion dollars- or $30 trillion for 50% reduction and $48 trillion for 80% if these reduction in costs are still applicable.
Study (note: this is behind a paywall):

WPF June 2013:
“So there we have it – what’s killing the Great Barrier Reef is cattle.”
“…72% of the reef’s hard coral has died since the 1960’s…”
“…Fine silt (the major coral killer), over 75% of which comes from grazing lands… Nitrogen pollution, mostly particulate, from sediment erosion of grazing lands… Phosphorous pollution, mostly particulate, from sediment erosion of grazing lands…”

Vegan food forest in Arizona. Credit: Off Grid Athlete on Youtube

Sub-Section 4B2:
Sustainable (Veganic) Farming And Communities:

“Robert Hart”:

Posts on this issue by Anders Branderud:

“Terra Frutis”:

“Vegan Agriculture Network”:

“Vegan Organic Network”:

“Veganic Gardening and Farming Resources” on Gentleworld:

“Club Veg’s website for Veganic Farming resources”:

Veganic Farming

“The Vegan Book of Permaculture: Recipes for Healthy Eating and Earthright Living by Graham Burnett”:

“Spiral Seed”:

“Stockfree Organic Services”:

“One Path to Veganic Permaculture: From Organic to Veganic and Beyond….”:

“Sunizona Family Farms”:

“My Vegan Corner of the World”:

“Build a $300 underground greenhouse for year-round gardening”:

“Veganic Gardening At Home”:

“No, Cows Don’T Make Fertilizer”:

“Impressions from the 3rd Grade Farming Field Trip”:

Sub-Section 4B3:
Debunking Anti-Vegan Environmental Arguments:

“Top 5 Climate Change Myths Debunked”:

“Why Vegan Diet Failed In Land Use Study”:

Sub-Section 4B4:

Sub-Section 4B4a:

“Genetic Roulette: The Gamble Of Our Lives”:

“Daniel Bissonnette, at March against Monsanto, Vancouver”:

Sub-Section 4B4b:
Text-Based Links:

“How GMOs Unleashed a Pesticide Gusher”:

“Impacts of genetically engineered crops on pesticide use in the U.S. – the first sixteen years”:

“USDA downplays own scientist’s research on ill effects of Monsanto herbicide”:

“Too many stacked crop trait genes?”:

“Are GMOs Worth The Trouble?”:

“37 Million Bees Found Dead In Ontario, Canada After Large GMO Corn Field Was Planted”:

“StarLink corn recall”:

“An overview of the last 10 years of genetically engineered crop safety research “:

Non-GMO Shopping Guide:


Sub-Section 4B5:
Other Environmental Solutions:

Recycling water:

“Garbage Warrior – Full-Length Documentary”:

Intermarché – “Inglorious Fruits and Vegetables”:

“Local food, food miles, and carbon emissions: A comparison of farm shop and mass distribution approaches”:

“The World’s Largest Indoor Farm Produces 10,000 Heads of Lettuce a Day in Japan”:

“Edible film made from essential oils can protect foods better than plastic”:

Edible film made from essential oils can protect foods better than plastic


Sub-Section 4B6:
Environmental Lists:

Another link list on Veganism and ecology:

This Section Of The Master List On my blog:

If you’re not already Vegan, and you think animals matter morally, then please go Vegan. It’s easy and great for you, incredible for the animals, and wonderful for the planet. If you’re already Vegan, please educate non-Vegans about why they should go Vegan. Please rescue, volunteer, adopt, foster, spay, and neuter the nonhuman refugees of domestication whenever you can. Please feed your nonhuman family Vegan where you can. These things are the most important, morally responsible things to do and are desperately needed by everyone.

To learn more about Abolitionist Veganism and the issues I’ve outlined in this post, check out The Master List Of Vegan Info: