Inauguration of Ansar-VDP tree plantation drive

On the occasion of World Environment Day and Environment Fair 2023 and National Tree Planting Campaign and Tree Fair 2023, Bangladesh Ansar and Village Defense Forces have started a tree plantation campaign across the country.

Director General of Ansar and VDP Major General AKM Aminul Haque inaugurated the ‘Tree Planting Program-2023’ by planting tree saplings in Dhaka at 10 am on Monday (June 5) at the Khilgaon headquarters of the force.

At this time, Additional Director General Brigadier General Khondkar Farid Hasan, Deputy Director General (Administration), Director, other officers-employees and Battalion Ansar members were present. Besides, various field level units including 9 range offices, 42 battalions and 64 districts were connected through video teleconferencing (VTC).

World Environment Day 2023 is celebrated with the theme ‘Together, stop plastic pollution’. On this occasion, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the ‘Planting Programme-2023’ on the occasion of World Environment Day and Environment Fair 2023 and National Tree Plantation Campaign and Tree Fair 2023 at Bangabandhu International Conference Center Dhaka.

In continuation of this, Bangladesh Ansar and Village Defense Forces also took up the tree plantation program. Director General Major General AKM Aminul Haque gave a directive speech to encourage all the forces to plant trees in the opening ceremony.

He said that in response to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s call, Bangladesh Ansar and Village Defense Force headquarters, academy, range, battalion, VTC, district and upazila/ police station/ union along with their own place/ club-committee premises/ plantation of trees on both sides of different roads. have to do

Bangladesh Ansar and Village Defense Forces have about 61 lakh members. He urged every member of the force spread in every village of the country to plant saplings of fruit, forest and herb trees and encourage others.


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The Australian research team predicts huge environmental benefits, including reduced greenhouse gases and water use

(Seoul = Yonhap News) Reporter Lee Joo-young = Around one-tenth of the livestock meat eaten by humans is used as dog and cat food around the world, so it will be changed to meat that is n plant-based allows 7 billion livestock to avoid slaughter each year and has huge environmental benefits Research results have shown that this is also to be expected.

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Professor Andrew Knight from Australia’s Griffith University announced on the 5th in the online science journal ‘PLOS ONE’ that he had obtained these results by analyzing the impact of a scenario where cats and dogs in the United States and around the world change their food to be very nutritious. plant based foods.

Professor Knight explained the background to the research, saying that livestock farming has a significant impact on the environment, including land and water use and pollutant emissions, but studies have focused on effects linked to human diet and little research made with pet food in mind. . .


In particular, interest in the environmental benefits of plant-based feed is increasing as recent research has shown that plant-based feed has no significant nutritional difference from animal feed containing meat, eggs and dairy products.

This study used 2020 US pet data and 2018 global pet data to analyze the potential benefits of a scenario where all cats and dogs switched to plant-based diets.

Number of livestock killed in the United States and consumption of livestock by humans and pets in 2020

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As a result, it has been estimated that the amount of livestock meat consumed by dogs and cats in the United States is currently one-fifth of the amount consumed by humans, and one-tenth worldwide. the world.

Additionally, they found that if all dog and cat food in the United States were converted to plant-based food, approximately 2 billion livestock deaths would be avoided each year, and if all dog and cat food around the world is converted to plant-based food, 7 billion livestock deaths could be avoided.

It was analyzed that if people switched to a vegetarian diet, the impact would be much greater. If all Americans switched to a vegetarian diet, 7.8 billion livestock would be avoided each year, and if everyone around the world switched to a vegetarian diet, 71.3 billion livestock slaughter could be avoided.

The number of livestock killed and the number of livestock eaten by humans and pets in the world in 2018

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It is estimated that switching to plant food for dogs and cats will have a significant impact on land and water use, greenhouse gas emissions, and pesticide use.

If every dog ​​in the world switched to vegetarianism, the land area used for dog food production would decrease by more than the territory of Saudi Arabia, and if every cat switched to vegetarianism, the land area used for dog food production would for the production of dog food falling from more than the territory of Germany. It is predicted that when all humans switch to vegetarianism, the reduced area of ​​land for livestock farming will be greater than Russia and India combined.

It is also predicted that if all dog food is switched to plant-based, greenhouse gas emissions will fall by more than the UK as a whole, and if cats switch to vegetarianism, greenhouse gas emissions will greenhouse larger than Israel’s.

The environmental impact of switching to a plant-based diet for all dogs and cats worldwide

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Professor Knight said the study may have under-represented pet population data and animal energy requirements, and that the actual environmental benefits of switching to plant-based feed may be greater.

However, this study has limitations, such as applying US data to the world without taking into account differences in pet food ingredients by country, and using data from 2009 to 2011 to estimate environmental impacts, he added, adding that more recent data is needed for more information. accurate analysis.

He continued, “This study shows the environmental benefits of applying a plant-based diet not only to humans but also pets. However, for the health of pets, it is best to feed them a nutritionally complete food which is based on plants produced by a company with good standards.” “It’s important,” he said.

◆ 출처 : PLOS ONE, Andrew Knight, ‘The comparative benefits to the environmental sustainability of a vegan diet for dogs, cats and humans’,

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