Meat and dairy and the negative impact on the environment.

Meat and dairy and their negative impact on the environment.

 

Raising animals for food requires massive amounts of land, food, energy, and water and causes immense animal suffering.

Climate Change

A staggering 51 percent or more of global greenhouse-gas emissions are caused by animal agriculture, according to a report published by the Worldwatch Institute.

According to the United Nations, a global shift toward a vegan diet is necessary to combat the worst effects of climate change. While other sources sometimes quote a different number - varying between 15 and 25% -of emission of greenhouse gasses is coming from the burping and farting of cows according to the most carnist websites. 

Read PETA's article about Fight Climate Change by Going Vegan

Watch the Full Length Documentary COWSPIRACY on Netflix

 

 

Water Use

It takes an huge amount of water to grow all the crops crops for animals to eat (mostly soy and corn)  clean filthy factory farms, and give animals water to drink.

A single cow used for milk can drink up to 50 gallons of water per day—or twice that amount when its warm outside. It actually takes 683 gallons of water to produce just 1 gallon of milk!

And to shock you even more: It takes more than 2,400 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of beef, while producing 1 pound of tofu only requires 244 gallons of water.

One person can save approximately 219,000 gallons of water a year just by going vegan. 

Thats a lot of water.

Pollution

Animals raised for food in the U.S. produce many times more excrement than does the entire human population of the country. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), animals on U.S. factory farms produce about 500 million tons of manure each year.

This shit literally is most often stored in waste “lakes"  that you can actually see on aerial views of CAPO 's or it gets sprayed over fields. Remember the solution that takes place when spraying antibiotics and supe bug infested poop over fields. Think about how airborne bacterial deseases are being caused by the overuse of antibiotics in the Animal agro. Its really a scary thing if ou think about it. And we do. 

Also, the runoff from factory farms and livestock grazing is one of the leading causes of pollution in our rivers and lakes. The EPA notes that bacteria and viruses can be carried by the runoff and that groundwater can be contaminated. You must have heard that because of the runoff causad by animal agro in Texas and New Mexico, there is now a huge "dead hole" in the Gulf of Mexico, where there is not a fish to be found. Death and destruction.

Factory farms frequently dodge water pollution limits by spraying liquid manure into the air, creating mists that are carried away by the wind. People who live nearby are forced to inhale the toxins and pathogens from the sprayed manure. A report by the California State Senate noted, “Studies have shown that [animal waste] lagoons emit toxic airborne chemicals that can cause inflammatory, immune, irritation and neurochemical problems in humans.”

 

Land Use

Using land to grow crops for animals is vastly inefficient and makes no sense from a moral,ethical or environmental stand point. Or even just common sense.

It takes almost 20 times less land to feed someone on a plant-based (vegan) diet than it does to feed a meat-eater since the crops are consumed directly instead of being used to feed animals.

According to the U.N. Convention to Combat Desertification, it takes up to 10 pounds of grain to produce just 1 pound of meat, and in the United States alone, 56 million acres of land are used to grow feed for animals, while only 4 million acres are producing plants for humans to eat.

More than 90 percent of all Amazon rainforest land deforested  since 1970 is used for grazing livestock. In addition, one of the main crops grown in the rainforest is soybeans used for animal feed. (The soybeans used in most veggie burger, tofu, and soy milk products sold in the United States are grown right here in the U.S.)

Oceans

While factory farms are ruining our land, commercial fishing methods such as bottom trawling and long-lining often clear the ocean floor of all life and destroy coral reefs. They also kill thousands of dolphins, sea turtles, sharks, and other “bycatch” animals. Coastal fish farms release feces, antibiotics, parasites, and non-native fish into sensitive marine ecosystems. In addition, since most farmed fish are carnivorous, they are fed massive quantities of wild-caught fish. For example, it takes up to 3 pounds of fish meal to produce every pound of farmed salmon.

For a very good article by eco@africa. It talks about a lot of the impact that "meat" production has on the environment, from an ecologists view. Sorry they used the word "pork" in the article but for the rest its really good. I call an animal an animal so we are saying "pig". Animals are not a commodity.

Read the article here