Target: Li Bin, Health Commissioner of China
Goal: Praise China’s new dietary recommendation which encourages people to eat less meat.
The Chinese government is encouraging people to eat less meat with its newly released dietary guidelines. China released these guidelines to combat its rising rates of obesity and other diseases caused by diet, but the recommendations will have another effect: reducing greenhouse gas emissions and pollution.
Animal agriculture contributes more to greenhouse gas emissions than the entire global transportation industry. Animal agriculture also consumes an immense amount of water and land, and causes grotesque amounts of pollution. It is difficult to determine exactly what the global impact of China’s new dietary recommendations will be, but there is no doubt that eating less meat is better for the planet.
The average person in China currently consumes about 300 grams of meat or eggs each day. China’s new dietary guidelines recommend limiting that daily amount to 200 grams. If all of China’s 1.3 billion people follow that recommendation, global greenhouse gas emissions could be significantly reduced.
A diet composed of more plants and less animal products is healthier for the body and healthier for the earth. Sign the petition below to praise China’s new dietary recommendation.
Dear Minister Li Bin,
I want to commend China’s Ministry of Health for recommending that all people in China eat less meat. I understand you have made this recommendation to address the growing problem of obesity and other diet-related diseases in China. Still, I hope you recognize that meat consumption affects not just individual, but global health as well.
Globally, animal agriculture is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than the transportation industry. Producing meat and eggs requires a tremendous amount of resources and causes massive amounts of pollution. China’s new dietary guidelines will accomplish two goals: reducing obesity in China and reducing China’s contribution to climate change.
China’s recent commitment to the Paris Agreement demonstrates the country’s readiness to do its part to address climate change. Since food consumption is a major factor in determining a country’s greenhouse gas emissions, the Ministry of Health has a major role to play in this process. I hope that you will continue to make environmentally friendly decisions, and perhaps recommend reducing the country’s meat consumption even more in the future.
[Your Name Here]
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