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Is Our Diet Depleting the Planet?

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The animal industry simultaneously destroys our planet’s air, water, diversity, soil, atmosphere, and our own health. Comfortably Unaware brings to light all of these terrifying truths that have been hidden and ignored. “Please understand: this book is not about animal rights, although this is a very noble concern.” says Oppenlander. The book simply lays on the table the bare facts that everyone has a right to know about what is being done to the place we live without our knowledge.

It is not fair that we have been denied this information and that we have been led to believe that the animal industry will make our planet and our bodies healthier. Nor is it fair to deny ourselves the opportunity to learn the truth in a time when it is being exposed to members of the public who are willing to look for it. “Fifty-five percent of our fresh water is being given to livestock… Over 70 percent of the grain in the United States is fed to livestock… It takes 10 to 20 gallons of water to produce one pound of vegetables, fruit, soybeans, or grain… over 5000 gallons of water to produce one pound of meat… over 30 percent of all usable total land mass on the earth is used by livestock.” These are things that every person should be aware of, and has the right to be aware of.

Believe it or not, the unfairness of the issue continues relentlessly. It is unfair to those less fortunate than ourselves if we do not take the opportunity we are given to learn about ways that we can help the planet and all of its people. “Six million children in the world will die from starvation this year…1.1 billion people in the world are considered malnourished or suffering from hunger.” As a species, we can help these people through a method as ridiculously simple as eating a plant based diet. The land and resources used to produce meat, dairy and eggs could be used to grow a vastly larger amount of grains, fruits, vegetables, and legumes that would not only feed more people, but improve the health of every one of them.

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Laura Shults

Laura Shults is working to spread peace through veganism, and is devoted to finding the truth through love and harmony.

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8:26AM PDT on Apr 5, 2012

thanks for sharing

4:49PM PDT on Apr 3, 2012

Carl, continuing with a meat based diet is devastating our environment and the U.N. reported that raising animals for food is "one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems at every scale from local to global." This would be true regardless of the rising population, although the huge rise in population is also a very big problem.

4:41PM PDT on Apr 3, 2012

Dee, this is a great point but a bit off topic. We cannot continue to consume a meat and dairy based diet or soon the shortages of resources are going to kill so many people than are already dying because of the ignorance of so many!

2:59PM PDT on Mar 29, 2012

thank you

11:20AM PDT on Mar 24, 2012

Roberta - Then support Planned Parenthood and contraception programs around the world.

Of course, I'm doubting a village of Etheopians would consume as many resources as one typical American, but it would help them by perhaps easing their poverty. One less mouth to feed equals more for the rest of the family.

4:22AM PDT on Mar 22, 2012

Elizabeth G. - I agree that it would be great for people to cut down on animal consumption but please share - why does everyone have to "not give up meat"? Does everyone really have to eat animal flesh and if so, why do you think that way?

8:50PM PDT on Mar 21, 2012

the reason you should be concerned Carl is because if everyone in the world ate a typical American diet we would need 4 earth-sized planets to meet the need for meat. other countries may be having larger populations explosions but we're the ones wasting a greater amount of energy and other resources. so unless you know where we can get our hands on 3 more earth-like planets you need to make more responsible choices.

12:03PM PDT on Mar 20, 2012

Good point Chelsea, you are on target. I'm a vegan. I have it down pat. I haven't been sick in years because I am a vegan. I eat no animal fat, only plant protein and my heart loves it. My brain is fed by ground flaxseed for Omegas and I have vegs and fruits and vegs every day. 4 1/2 cups of them. I don't get colds, i don't get high blood pressure and I exercise plus do yoga. The last time I went to a doctor he was smoking in his office. Not cool. Write to me if you have any questions at all. Make sure you get enough fiber. I aim for 38 grams daily. OH, protein I eat approx 41 grams daily. VEGANISM is EASY! I endorse a plant protein drink that is chocolate. Write me for the name. :) :)

9:52AM PDT on Mar 20, 2012

To me, this article is about 3 conversations at once:

1) The problems with consumerism (thank to Pamela H. for pointing this out)

2) Human overpopulation

3) Animal suffering because of humans and our activities/habits

All three should be addressed directly. Many point out that certain nations disproportionately consume the planet (quite literally), while others continue to indulge in rampant and flagrant overpopulation (usually facilitated by religions) and this is in many ways levied on the backs of OTHER species, free (wildlife) and slave (domesticated) alike, and there does need to be fact-finding and truth seeking independent of the animal industries in whose interests "studies" are conducted that support the consumption of other species in one form or another.

This is a good article - it's opened the Pandora's Box of discussion on three fronts, and those three topics can be addressed as stand-alone issues or as macro-intertwined issues.

8:51AM PDT on Mar 20, 2012

Why should I restrict my lifestyle to handle the irresponsible population growth in other parts of the world ?

E.g. in my lifetime the population in my country has risen by 10% and this is due to immigration.
In the same time Somalia's population has grown by 200%, India's by over 100%, Pakistan's by over 200%, China's by about 90%, Iraq's by almost 300%, Iran's by 200% and so on
And except for China none of them are doing anything significant about it.

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