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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.
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Imagine living on a farm. It is cold most of the year, but for a few months you are able to grow some corn to feed your family, and occasionally if you are lucky you can sell it in town to make some money. It is hard work for what seems like a little reward. You must often deal with insects eating many of the corn stalks, and your corn doesn’t do well in cold temperatures, so you must harvest it before the cold weather starts again. You have to plow much of your field to plant this corn, and it takes much effort to look after it.
Phasing out animal agriculture and replacing it with stronger, safer plant cultivation would greatly reduce pollution released into the environment as animal waste, burning fossil fuels, and contaminated water runoff. The animal waste produced in factory farms is dumped into immense open-air lago... ... middle of paper ... ...>. Felsinger, Alex. "80% of Amazon Deforestation Stems from Cattle Ranching." PlanetSave.com.
Rarely do you find what most people think of a farm. In the winter of 1957-1958 two brothers that dairy farmed in Minnesota, looking for more horsepower, built a lime green 4x4 tractor out of truck parts. Later in the 1970s they became known as Steiger 4wd, the largest of them were 525 horsepower and were being sold all over the U.S. (Gustafson 6). 166 tractor companies existed in the early 1900s, not to mention the hundreds of short line equipment manufacturers. But come 1950/early 60s there were a whole lot less tractor manufacturers due to consolidation.
In addition to health and safety concerns, factory farms are also imposing a threat to the environment. Anders Nordgren claims in his article printed by the Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics, “…since livestock production is an important contributing factor to climate change, we should undertake mitigation measures [… ] However, technological solutions do not seem sufficient in the livestock sector, leaving us with the option of reduced meat production and consumption.” (Nordgren, August 2012.) Harmful gases, such as methane, are being released because of irresponsible disposal of manure. These greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere are also contributing to climate change and global warming. Negligent disposal of manure also causes health and social problems.
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Cutting dairy products out of your diet gives you a greater chance of avoiding bronchial, respiratory, and stomach problems. Eating Beef, as well as dairy products, has an extreme impact on the environment. Raising cows for beef has been linked to several environmental problems, such as Global Warming, and eating beef can worsen your health. The dairy industry puts not only your health in danger from consuming dairy products, but that of the cows who make them as well.
Greenhouse gas emissions are causing a global climate change that is displacing many species out of their natural habitat. The root cause of these issues is that human action negatively effects the environment. Western culture exploits the Earth as a resource for materialist growth. We are driven to develop without fully considering the future effects of our resource use. If environmental destruction continues at the current rate, then the Earth will not survive for future generations.