The irony of the food production system is that millions of wealthy consumers in developed countries are dying from diseases of affluence—heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, and cancer—brought on by gorging on fatty grain-fed beef and other meats, while the poor in the Third World are dying of diseases of poverty brought on by being denied access to land to grow food grain for their families.
—Jeremy Rifkin, Los Angeles Times
AT GETMOKSHA, WE WOULD FIRST LIKE TO THANK YOU IF YOU ARE A VEGAN. By being vegan, you on your part have covered the maximum area which causes unimaginable destruction to the environment. Though food choices are meant to be personal , one does not realize that when one does not follow a vegan diet he is actually forcing his personal choice on the animal whose personal choice , if given a chance would love to live rather than being slaughtered . Also if your personal choice of eating meat is causing irrecoverable loss to the environment and the repercussions of your actions have to be borne by people who are cautiously following a vegan diet for the environment and causing harm to all human life and environment in totality then it is high time we look at choices which are sustainable for earth.
ALBERT EINSTIEN, RIGHTLY SAID
“Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances of survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a VEGAN diet.”
What makes meat eating UNSUSTAINBALE FOR THE EARTH AND CAUSES IRREPAIRABLE DAMAGE TO THE EARTH, let’s take a look:
1) Meat eating causes world food hunger:
Scientists estimate that animals bred only for meat must be fed up to 16 kilograms of grain to produce just 1 kilogram of meat. This 1 kilogram of meat can feed only 2 people.
Whereas the same 16 kg of grains can feed 20 people directly.
Hence meat is inefficient when it comes to returns. The resources invested in one animal in animal husbandry is complete waste as the animals in factory farms or animal husbandry are not born naturally but only brought to life to be slaughtered . If there would not be a demand for meat, these animals would NOT be in existence and the grains could be given to areas affected by famines or deaths caused due to hunger
The world’s cattle alone consume a quantity of food equal to the caloric needs of 8.7 billion people – more than the entire human population on Earth.
Over a hundred millions of tons of grain go to animals while only 5 million tons of grain could adequately feed the 15 million children throughout the world who starve to death every year.
2) How a Meat diet leads to water crisis:
The standard diet of a MEAT EATING person in the United States ALONE requires 4,200 gallons of water per day (for animals’ drinking water, irrigation of crops, processing, washing, cooking, etc.).
The standard diet of a MEAT EATING person in the United States ALONE requires 4,200 gallons of water per day (for animals’ drinking water, irrigation of crops for animals of animal husbandary, washing of slaughterhouses etc).
For eg : 80% of corn production of U.S.A. goes into feeding goats which are going to be slaughtered.
So the water used to cultivate these crops to feed the goats is a complete waste and an unnecessary expense of this huge amount of water or these crops can directly be sent to famine areas where people are dying due to hunger
3) Global warming and Climate Change :
Farmed animals produce more greenhouse gas emissions (18%) than the world’s entire transport system (13.5%).In its 2006 report, the United Nations said raising animals for meat generates more greenhouse gases than all the cars and trucks in the world combined.
A recent World watch Institute report (“Livestock and Climate Change”) report accuses the world’s 1.5 billion livestock of responsibility for 51% of all human-caused greenhouse gas emissions.
Nitrous oxide is almost 300 times as damaging to the climate as CO2, and 65% of the quantity generated by human activity comes from livestock (mostly their manure). The digestive systems of farmed cows and sheep are also responsible for 37% of the total methane generated by human activity; this gas has 23 times the global warming impact of CO2. The animals we rear for meat also account for 64% of all the ammonia that humans impose on our precious atmosphere, contributing significantly to acid rain.
It is estimated to emit 7.1 gigaton of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2-eq) per annum, representing 14.5 percent of all human-induced emissions.
Beef/mutton and cattle milk production account for the majority of emissions, respectively contributing 41 and 19 percent of the sector’s emissions. While pig meat and poultry meat and eggs contribute respectively 9 percent and 8 percent to the sector’s emissions.
The main sources of emissions are: feed production and processing (45 percent of the total – with 9 percent attributable to the expansion of pasture and feed crops into forests), enteric fermentation from ruminants (39 percent), and manure decomposition (10 percent). The remainder is attributable to the processing and transportation of animal products.
The use of fossil fuels on farms to grow feed and to intensively raise land animals for food emits 90 million tons of CO2 worldwide every year.
4) Deforestation: For raising animals for slaughter and also land procured for cultivating crops to feed animals raised just for meat:
— 80% of Amazon deforestation is for cattle ranching – (farm consisting of a large tract of land along with facilities needed to raise livestock) clear-cutting a Belgium-sized patch every year.
In Central America, 40 percent of all the rainforests have been cleared or burned down in the last 40 years, mostly for cattle pasture to feed the export market—often for U.S. meat burgers
The Center for International Forestry Research reports that rapid growth in the sales of meat has led to accelerated destruction of the Amazon rainforest. “In a nutshell, cattle ranchers are making mincemeat out of Brazil’s Amazon rainforests,” says the Center’s director-general, David Kaimowitz.
—Environmental News Service
Cattle grazing destroyed most of the lush ecosystems in North America. Grazing is the primary cause for the loss or endangerment of plant species in the U.S.
In 1990, the World Hunger Program at Brown University calculated that recent world harvests, if equitably distributed with no diversion of grain to feeding livestock, could provide a vegetarian diet to billion people, whereas a meat-rich diet like that of people in the wealthier nations could support only 2.6 billion. In other words, with a present population over billion, that would mean we are already into deficit consumption of land, with the deficit being made up by hauling more fish from the oceans, which are in turn being rapidly fished out. In the near term, the only way to feed all the world’s people, if we continue to eat meat at the same rate or if the population continues to grow as projected, is to clear more forest.
5) Generation of more than 130 times the amount of Poop than humans do which ultimately flows into our rivers and seas:
Giant livestock farms, which can house hundreds of thousands of pigs, chickens, or cows, produce vast amounts of waste. In fact, in the United States alone, these
“Factory farms” generate more than 130 times the amount of waste that people do.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, livestock poop and waste has polluted more than 27,000 miles of rivers and contaminated groundwater in dozens of States.
—Natural Resources Defense Council
Livestock burps and farts are equally odious and ozone-destroying. 68% of the ammonia in the world is caused by livestock (creating acid rain), 65% of the nitrous oxide, 37% of the methane, 9% of the CO2, plus 100 other polluting gases.
Statistics are truly shitty: BREEDING CATTLE FOR THE PURPOSE OF SLAUGHTERING THEM FOR MEAT CREATES 130 times more volume OF EXCRETA(SHIT) than total human population does, creating 64 million tons of sewage in the United States that’s often flushed down the Mississippi River which kill fish and coral in the Gulf of Mexico.
A livestock farm in Utah oozes much more excreta than the entire city of Los Angeles.
About 10 billion land animals are raised for dairy, meat and eggs each year in the U.S alone.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that confined animals generate three times more raw waste than humans .
Whereas when you choose vegan diet , it does not create any poops as plant does not excrete like animals or humans.
Animal waste contains disease-causing pathogens, such as Salmonella, E. coli, Cryptosporidium, and fecal coliform, which can be 10 to 100 times more concentrated than in human waste. More than 40 diseases can be transferred to humans through manure. —Natural Resources Defense Council
Whereas fortunately plants do not excrete any poop so question of pollution due to plants does not arise. Elsewhere, animals are made to be born again and again to be slaughtered for meat and all their poop ends up in seas, oceans and rivers contaminating the water beds and also endangering all sea animals .
6) Energy consumption:
As we give more attention to life-cycle analysis of the things we buy, it becomes apparent that the journey that meat made to get to your refrigerator consumed staggering amounts of energy along the way. We can begin the cycle with growing the grain to feed the cattle, which requires a heavy input of petroleum- based agricultural chemicals. There’s the fuel required to transport the cattle to slaughter, and thence to market. Today, much of the world’s meat is hauled thousands of miles. And then, after being refrigerated, it has to be cooked.
It takes the equivalent of a gallon of gasoline to produce a pound of grain-fed beef in the United States. Some of the energy was used in the feedlot, or in transportation and cold storage, but most of it went to fertilizing the feed grain used to grow the modern steer or cow…. To provide the yearly average meat consumption of family of four requires over 260 gallons of fossil fuel.
—“Meat Equals War,” web-site of Earth Save, Humboldt, California
It takes, on average, 28 calories of fossil fuel energy to produce 1 calorie of meat protein for human consumption, [whereas] it takes only 3.3 calories of fossil- fuel energy to produce 1 calorie of protein from grain for human consumption.
—David Pimentel, Cornell University
The transition of world agriculture from food grain to feed grain represents a new form of human evil, with consequences possibly far greater and longer lasting than any past wrongdoing inflicted by men against their fellow human beings. Today, more than 70 percent of the grain produced in the United States is fed to livestock, much of it to cattle.
—Jeremy Rifkin, Los Angeles Times,
Feeding grain to animals is highly inefficient, and an absurd use of resources.
—Vaclav Smil, University of Manitoba
7 ) DEMAND OF FISH KILLING OUR OCEANS :
Many people would shudder at the idea of eating a dolphin or a turtle, yet millions of dolphins, turtles, whales, sharks, seals, rays, birds, and other marine species are killed each year because they become tangled in equipment designed to catch other species and are unable to escape.
They are the inevitable by-product of the fishing industry, known as by-catch, and their useless deaths are throwing off the ocean’s food chains and ecosystems. Estimates put the amount of by-catch in India alone, to be between 17 – 22 percent of total catch, or 2 billion pounds every year. By-catch is a factor in the dwindling numbers of important predatory species and even contributes to the deaths of endangered species.
Another cause of unintended marine life death as a result of the industry comes from what’s known as ghost fishing, which occurs when nets, traps, and fishing lines fall off of or are left behind by fishing vessels. These pieces of equipment remain in the seas and continue to catch sea life, usually resulting in a slow death for their cap
THESE ARE JUST A FEW OF THE DESTRUCTIONS (explained in short) WHICH HAS COME ABOUT BECAUSE OF OUR DEMAND FOR MEAT. THERE ARE MANY MORE ISSUES WHICH ARE ASSOCIATED WITH OUR DEMAND FOR DEMAND. If we cut the demand for meat we can cut the supply, each one of you matter. And worried about the eventual unemployment of people in the meat industry?, worry not, if your demand for tofu or more vegetables or dry fruits increase the employment in such sectors will increase. for e.g.: if u replace milk with coconut milk then people will start working for coconut industry rather than in dairy industry .
HOW YOU HELP YOUR BODY BY GOING VEGAN:
Going back to eating what you are supposed to eat!!!
A fair look at the evidence shows that humans are optimized for eating mostly or exclusively plant foods, according to the best evidence: our bodies. We’re most similar to other plant-eaters, and drastically different from carnivores and true omnivores. Those who insist that humans are omnivores, especially if their argument is based on canine teeth, would do well to look at what the evidence actually shows. We’ll cover that below.
Summary of this article
- The anatomical evidence tells us that we’re optimized for eating mostly or exclusively plant foods. The only way to come to another conclusion is to ignore the bulk of the anatomical evidence. (Critics of this article either use inferior evidence, such as disputed assumptions about the prehistoric diet, or they cherry-pick the anatomical evidence while ignoring the bulk of it.)
- Most plant-eaters eat small amounts of non-plant foods, usually insects (either intentionally or inadvertently). The small non-plant consumption of plant-eating animals doesn’t mean that they’re “omnivores” in the classical sense, and certainly doesn’t justify the idea that humans are adapted to a very mixed diet of plant and non-plant foods.
- “Omnivore” doesn’t mean 50% plants and 50% animals. Many of my critics consider chimpanzees to be omnivores but 95-99% of the chimp diet is plants, and most of the remainder isn’t meat, it’s termites. (see below) If humans are omnivores, then the anatomical evidence suggests that we’re the same kind: the kind that eats almost exclusively plant foods.
- The animals most similar to us, the other primates, eat an almost exclusively vegan diet.
- Saying we’re omnivores because we’re capable of eating meat is just silly. We’re capable of eating cardboard, too. And by the “capable” argument, then cats are omnivores too, since nearly every commercial cat food has plant ingredients. (Check the label.) Nobody would ever make the argument that cats are omnivores based on what they’re capable of eating. But they sure make that argument for humans, enthusiastically.
- Our so-called “canine teeth” are “canine” in name only. Other plant-eaters (like gorillas, horses, and hippos) have “canines”, and chimps, who are almost exclusively vegan, have massive canines compared to ours.
- Our early ancestors from at least four million years ago were almost exclusively vegans.
Chimpanzee: Pretty amazing canines for an animal that’s as much as 99% vegetarian (and whose main non-veg food isn’t meat, it’s termites). (Source: Creative Commons)
- Among animals, plant-eaters have the longest lifespans, and humans are certainly in that category (and yes, this was true even before modern medicine).
- We sleep about the same amount of time as other herbivores, and less than carnivores and true omnivores.
- The most common cause of choking deaths is eating meat. (source) Real carnivores and omnivores don’t have that problem
- The idea that a switch to meat-eating is what sparked early humans’ brain development has no more evidence to support it than the competing theories (such as that it was a switch to cooked foods that did the trick), and certainly doesn’t square with what comparative anatomy tells us.
Don’t forget the unending amount of diseases linked to meat eating like cardiac issues and cancer and off course in the long run a meat eating body becomes resistant to antibiotics. That’s because antibiotics that are prescribed to treat everything from ear infections to tuberculosis in humans are also used to save chickens from getting infections from other chickens squeezed in together in one cage who keep pooping on each other due to lack of space and also to fatten up chickens fast to up their weights at the time of slaughter .These antibiotics enter your body when you eat meat making your body used to antibiotics and when you actually take antibiotics for a particular disease your body does not respond to it . Don’t be surprised if your meat eating child attains puberty very early in life, or your male child has drooping breasts, it is actually the growth hormone injected to your chicken to grow them up fast and fatter.
SO Congratulations by choosing a vegan lifestyle you have become an environmentalist, stopped the destructions you would cause to the environment if you would have chosen a non-vegan meal and also your vegan choice has brought out the best quality in you like , of compassion ,mercy , peace , giving dignity to other lives , a sense of sacrifice for a greater cause , giving your body food which is in its best interest, will power ,having a vision of the repercussions your actions can have on the environment , respecting all lives , being responsible for the earth defeating qualities like greed , selfishness , weak enough to give in for the sake of taste , contributing towards the destruction of the environment and to the brutality and torture caused to the animals.
There will be no use of the noble cause you do for a day if you follow a lifestyle which causes destruction to the environment every day.
Be the change – Go Vegan, Get Moksha