The burning of fossil fuels accounted for nearly two- thirds of the 815 billion tons of carbon dioxide added to the atmosphere in 1987. The other third came from the increased burning of the forests and grasslands. When the trees are cleared and burned to make room for cattle pastures, they em... ... middle of paper ... ...m to market. There are many health problems linked with eating beef and dairy products. Harvard scientists found that women who had beef, lamb, or pork as a daily main dish ran two and a half the risk of developing colon cancer as did those who ate the meats less than once a month.
The earth throughout many years has dramatically change in negative way when it comes to the planet’s environment. A simple choice of choosing vegetarian diet can have positive outcome to our wildfire, the atmosphere ,and even human health. From cutting down rainforests for cow pastures to adding methane to the atmosphere, a normal meat-based diet can majorly damage many parts of world. One of the biggest environmental impacts of a meat-eating diet is the depletion of natural resources, particularly the consumption of vast amounts of water for livestock production. Today, there are more than 17 billion livestock in the world; that’s about triple the number of people.
The problems that this high production of meat brings to the environment are an increase in air pollution, overgrazing, deforestation and the diminishing of water resources. Each one of these factors is incrementally adding up into a less environmentally friendly tomorrow. At the rate that we are going, not much progress is being made. An interesting fact is that livestock have added up to 9% of all human related carbon dioxide emissions (“Cutting Meat Consumption”, pg.1). This is due to the fact that cow’s flatulate gasses that is harmful to the ozone layer.
Factory farming also has a negative impact on the environment. The waste run-off of fertilizing manure spoils habitats and water sources, and methane from cattle is increasing the effects of greenhouse gases in our climate. Increasing the free-range farming industry, creating government legislation, and regulating animal production could resolve this problem in our food industry. In addition, providing more accessible knowledge and information for the public to be aware of where our food is coming from can also be beneficial. Factory farms may be a solution to the high demand of animal products, but they are bad for society, ... ... middle of paper ... ...oi.org/10.1289/ehp.121-a182 [online 01 June 2013] Nordgren, Anders.
Meat used to be something that everyone would consume, but until recently it has been a huge threat to our environment. Meat should be something that people start taking seriously because it will end up costing us our planet in the near future. Other scientists have said that it is something that is just not going to be enough to prevent the ongoing issue of climate change. Others say that it will tremendously boost our overall temperature. The reason there is a temperature rise is because the manure of the cows is causing greenhouse gas emissions.
This is a much bigger deal than people think. In fact, according to an article by Peta, How Does Eating Meat Harm the Environment, it has such an effect on the environment that the Union of Concerned Scientist list meat eaters as the second biggest environmental hazard facing the earth. The number one affect being fossil fuels produced by cars. It was also found in a report published by the Worldwatch Institute that nearly 51 percent of all greenhouse gasses are produced from animal agriculture. 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.
The Meat Industry The cattle industry produces vast amounts of strain in the environment. It is energy inefficient, pollutes water, occupies many acres of land, and deteriorates the health of the people who abuse its consumption. The government subsidizes this industry. Therefore, the price paid for meat doesn’t reflect the environmental hazards involved in the process. In order to protect our health and the health of the environment we should pay close attention to our food choices and make sure we don’t support industries that degrade it.
Cattle Decapitation or Human Annihilation Do you know how factory farms affect your health, the world around you, and your children 's future? Factory farms are one of the major leading causes of pollution ,which causes a great amount of problems. The animals produced by the masses on these factory farms are extremely exploited and treated inhumanely. The methane from tons of animal manure is causing detrimental global warming. Global warming is affecting much more than the temperature, its damaging crops, species of animals are going extinct, and humans are having health problems.
The process of livestock farming is extensive and is responsible for the deforestation used to grow grain that feeds the animals, which releases more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. To make matters worse, 65% of nitrous oxide in the climate, a chemical 300 times as damaging as carbon dioxide, is derived from livestock farming as well. Fossil fuels are also used extensively in order to transport the animals and to produce their feed. The Environmental Protection Agency states that agriculture is a major contributor to climate pollution, more specifically livestock farming. The manure created from killing a... ... middle of paper ... ...g extinct at unsustainable rates such as the manatee and salmon.
The process of raising animal is the major source to these harmful gases. It is vital to save the world from the worst impacts of climate change by reducing meat consumption. However stopping this meat eating system is extremely difficult, given that we had been consuming meat ever since our ancestors domesticated animals for that purpose. Over the decade Animal agriculture has been getting worse and worse. In 1973 when the Secretary of Agriculture Earl Butz announced ‘’ what we want out of agriculture is plenty of food’’, overproduction was encouraged and lowering the price of meat was carried out; this originally started when there was a massive increase in corn (Wolfson).