Many people look at the vegan diet/ lifestyle from the angle of animal rights or even the fact that it is a much healthier option, but recently I have been looking more into the effects of the meat/ dairy industry on our lovely planet.
After all, while our health and the welfare of the amazing creatures we share this planet with is extremely important for everyone (or at least it should be). Surely even if these things are not important to you, saving your planet and preserving it for future generations has to be? Right?
Over here in sunny Scotland we are bombarded by the media telling us we need to save energy: cut down on how much water we use, shower instead of taking baths, turn off the lights, only boil the kettle with enough for one cup of tea, recycle your plastic, cardboard, glass and food waste, ditch the car for short journeys, SAVE THE PLANT! Of course all of these things are good to do but…
Do we hear them telling us to eat less meat and dairy? Do they tell us that these industries cause more co2 emissions than the whole transport industry put together (allllll the planes, trains, cars buses etc)? Nope, we certainly do not!
Well how about all the food and water we give to livestock which could be going to the poor people across the world who are starving to death and have no clean water? Do they tell us that we could help them by eating less meat and dairy? Nope! We should just feel sorry for them and maybe give a few £ every month to a charity (not that I have anything against charities!).
How about the rainforests and the endangered animals out there? Should we cut down on our consumption of animal products so they don’t need to tear down the beautiful rainforests to make space for livestock? I don’t see any of that on the news.
I came across a great article on Earth Save today which has some eye opening facts that shows why the meat industry is killing our planet:
- It takes 2,500 gallons of water, 12 pounds of grain, 35 pounds of topsoil and the energy equivalent of one gallon of gasoline to produce one pound of feedlot beef.
- Because of over-consumption of fish, all 17 of the world’s major fishing areas have reached or exceeded their natural limits. One-third of the world’s fish catch is fed directly to livestock.
- 70% of US grain production is fed to livestock.
- 5 million acres of rainforest are felled every year in South and Central America alone to create cattle pasture.
- Roughly 20% of all currently threatened and endangered species in the US are harmed by livestock grazing.
- Animal agriculture is a chief contributor to water pollution. America’s farm animals produce 10 times the waste produced by the human population.
Check out the full article here for more:
Earth Save Environment Article
It really makes me sad. Just another example of the media telling us what they want us to hear.
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