Negative Effects Of Animal Agriculture On The Environment

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While gas guzzling transportation systems and mass amounts of waste have contributed greatly to climate change, there is another key factor that affects the environment even more so. Animal agriculture has detrimental affects on our environment as a result of greenhouse gas emissions and deforestation (Meat the Truth). The work of world wide agriculture has allowed animal products land on plates in developed countries and in the developing as well. This force of globalization has a negative impact on the environment due to the world’s growing demand for meat.
Eighteen percent of greenhouse gas emissions are caused by livestock farming, while all the transportation systems combined only come out to thirteen percent (Meat the Truth). One
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The Amazon is also being deforested in order to make room for cattle ranches. Brazil is the world’s main beef export, and to keep up with the demand around the world, farmers must make choices for profit and not the betterment of the environment (AFP). Rancher Lazer Soares do Castro admits that he only purposefully left a few trees and bushes in the middle of the pasture, “It serves as shade for the cattle herd. It is a very hot region, and the cattle are always looking for shade to lay down in and ruminate. And when they do that, they turn the food into nutrients and gain weight” (AFP), Changing the landscape this drastically is detrimental. Increasing the amount of cows that produce methane and decreasing the amount of forests to absorb the raise of greenhouse gases accelerates climate change…show more content…
At first, pork was to be part of meals during celebrations or other special occasions. However, it now is China 's most consumed meat (Brasch). Last year, China ate fifty million tons of pork, contributing over fifty percent of the world 's total consumption (The Guardian). All that pork has to come from somewhere, and China 's existing pig population did not naturally meet the growth of demand. To overcome this, China has a deal with the United Kingdom to trade pig semen for seventy eight million dollars (Brasch). Their livestock agriculture rapidly industrialized, causing harm to the environment in nearby communities, "[Since the pig farm opened], the air quality has deteriorated" stated an individual from the Hu Tong Luang village, twelve miles from the pork factory farm (The Guardian). This is due to lack of waste control that comes from the mass quantity of pigs. The waste pollutes ground water and causes many of the individuals who live near factory farms to fall ill (The Guardian). It only took a few decades for China to move from locally produce pork in backyards to full commercial factories. Brasch attributes this to the Chinese government funding this transition, "Chinese firms have gone abroad to learn how to run them", some of their new found pig rearing inspiration has come from the United
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