In my opinion, we should free the world of fast food because, not only are they adding the amount of cruelty to animals and draining money out of our pockets, they're also taking great risk of the health of billions of people. Ever since the world?s first fast food restaurant started business, it has been responsible for the death of 50 billion animals worldwide each year. It?s an astounding number, yet the slaughtering is still increasing rapidly. The irresistible taste of heaven keeps the cash coming in, and keeps the people addicted. ?Meat is an essential part of our food-chain.?
However, arguments to the effect that eating meat is "destroying the planet" overlook that the planet has not yet been destroyed despite millions of years of omnivorous and carnivorous eating by millions of individuals from a multitude of species. The Second Law of Thermodynamics dictates that some energy will be inevitably lost as one moves up the food web. Therefore, arguments about how it takes X pounds of plant protein to generate Y pounds of meat have a sound theoretical basis. However, these arguments are often overstated. These arguments falsely assume that pork chops and steak are the only products of animal agriculture.
Unhealthy foods and drinks should be taxed and healthy foods should be advertised more to help prevent American obesity. In “Bad Food? Tax it, and Subsidize Vegetables”, Mark Bittman suggests that the people of America should stop eating unhealthy foods so often. In the article, Bittman tells his audience that people have “heart disease, diabetes and cancer are all in large part caused by the standard American Diet” (page 35). He also states that eating healthy can result to a better health care system saving millions of lives.
This is a very staggering number when a lot of research is being done to make vehicles more environmentally friendly when we could make a huge impact just by changing the way we eat. It is even more astounding that it takes the same number of fossil fuels to produce one hamburger as it takes to dive one car 20 miles (Peta How Does Eating Meat Harm the Environment). The production of this meat is also a big cost. It takes more than 80 percent of the corn we grow and more than 95 percent of oat are feed to livestock. The world’s cattle alone are feed the equal amount that would be needed to feed 8.7 billion people.
Even though meat might seem to be extremely detrimental to not only human life, it is only bad for people if they have too much meat as meat, and other protein-rich foods are important to the daily food intake of people. If we replaced the quarter pound hamburger with a quarter pound of tofu, we could save 5 pounds of food for other people, and that replacement would reduce the emissions, risks to your body, and effects on the environment. In addition the 2012 Harvard Study found if you replaced a serving of red meat with a serving of nuts a week we could lower our mortality risk by 19% and by 14% if replaced by whole grains.bring intro back in. This ends rather abruptly.
An international news released in March, Earthsave joined with the physicians committee for responsible medicine (PCRM) in Washington, DC to draw attention to mad cow disease. The release also sought to counter the mistaken, albeit widely reported notion that beef can be safe if only we somehow purge the meat supply of contaminants and contagions, such as the infectious agent responsible for mad cow disease. Is it safe? The fact is, when cows are healthy, eating them isn’t. According to numerous studies by noted researchers, too many people worldwide are already suffering and dying from deadly substances found in beef, as well as in poultry, pork, fish, and dairy products.
Obesity is just one of these issues, but it can lead to more severe problems such as diabetes. In Jamie Oliver’s episode series (Week 2) he takes an obese family to the doctor to check for diabetes. No one has it, but if they continue to eat unhealthy their chances will greatly increase. This family was eating fatty, frozen, sugary, and salty foods around the clock. Eating this way can lead to health problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease and should be prevented as quickly as possible.
directed by Robert Kenner does a great job portraying all of the issues with the American food industry. He talks about one of the major problems regarding our health and the meat industry when he mentions the health risks associated with meat consumption. Cattle are now being fed corn, which results in a mutation of a strain of E. Coli called E. Coli 0157h7. This is a product of the diet we’re feeding the cows on feedlots. Even if these animals are infectious, they still slaughter and sell them, which results in the consumer’s health possibly being affected.
Even if these animals are infectious, they still slaughter and sell them which results in the consumer’s health possibly being effected. Another way our meat gets infected is when the animals stand in their manure all day long so if one has it, they all will get it. Also, since they stand in their manure, all of the hides are covered in it which gets in the meat because they slaughter about 400 cattle an hour so they cannot keep the manure from getting on the carcasses. One person in specific that was effected by E. Coli 0157h7 is Kevin Kowalcyk. He was just two and a half years old when he passed away, due to eating a hamburger that was infected.
One way that we can lower our carbon output that is not very well known is changing our eating habits. Red meat such as lamb and cattle are some of the biggest producers of carbon in the food industry. This is the reason that I have choose to give up red meat for the