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Eat vegan, save the planet

Published:Wednesday | August 31, 2016 | 8:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Those of us who are concerned about the conservation of water and the planet's other resources should view World Water Week (August 28- September 2) as the ideal time to start buying wholesome vegan foods instead of animal-derived ones.

According to the US National Academy of Sciences, animal agriculture drains a third of the world's fresh water. It is undeniable that between irrigating the crops that farmed animals eat, providing billions of animals with drinking water each year, and washing away the filth of factory farms, transport lorries and slaughterhouses, animal agriculture places a tremendous strain on our water supply.

Producing one pound of beef uses as much water as about six months of showers. So as the world's water sources become more scarce, let us be a part of the solution, not just by taking shorter showers but by going vegan. PETA.org.uk offers a free vegan starter kit for anyone interested in taking the plunge.

Jennifer White

jenniferw@peta.org.uk