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Is Your Diet Destroying The Environment?

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Is Your Diet Destroying The Environment?

Written by Randy Fritz, co-creator with Diana at Real Food for Life.

5 Reasons Why the Food on Your Plate is More Important Than the Car You Drive:

Many people who “go green” consider buying something major like a hybrid car.  A larger contribution to the environment is not in your driveway though, but in your fridge right now.

The climate change cost of animal meat production is greater than the cost of cars, planes and all other forms of transport put together.

This is not just vegetarians or health advocates saying this either. The World Health Organization, Scientific American, New Scientist and Readers Digest have all come out with clear information on this fact.

Effects of Meat Production on the Planet

1. Cow Farts:
Cattle farting (and burping) methane – as has been joked about in the media – is a factor in global warming.

2. Plant Displacement:
The biggest impact of meat production is that it displaces useful plants.  Trees, grasses and other year-round plants are what absorb CO2 and capture carbon on this planet but they are displaced for specific crops to house and feed cattle.

3. Water Pollution:
Rearing animals for meat contributes significantly to water pollution. Animal waste, antibiotics and hormones enter the water cycle alongside chemicals from tanneries, fertilizers and the pesticides used to spray feed crops.

4. Water Usage:
Raising cattle for food is incredibly inefficient in terms of water. Meat production is different in different parts of the world but even the more efficient systems use 1,500 gallons of water to produce a single pound of beef.

5. Overgrazing:
Overgrazing by cattle and other meat producing animals is so hard on the land that it can’t maintain any productive vegetation.

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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).


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1:11PM PDT on Jun 23, 2014

This article is just another ad for Diane Herrington's website.

12:50PM PDT on Jun 23, 2014

Soon FOR SUSPICIOUS REASONS they will forbid us to fart!

5:54AM PST on Jan 18, 2013

i liked the information provided, the numbers part was quite revealing. there will always be meat eaters and one thing i'm kind of surprised you haven't mentioned is about how fishing can have an effect on the environment in a negative way too

12:30PM PDT on Aug 27, 2012

Thank you for posting!
For so many reasons (environmental, animal cruelty, and health) people should stop eating meat or decrease its consumption!

8:55AM PDT on Sep 21, 2011

Could we, for the sake of clarity cease to use the term Global Warming, it only confuses the sheeple.

Try Global Climate Change (GCC), Anthropogeniic Climate Change is more to the point but it too is difficult for the sheeple to understand.

Think of it this way, a solar panel is a hot water panel, not a solar electric module. Trust, there is a difference, just as there is in the above paragraph.

8:53AM PDT on Sep 19, 2011

I don't know, is it?

6:40PM PDT on Sep 15, 2011

Vegan people are not extremist,they are COHERENT people!

7:27PM PDT on Sep 14, 2011

@Bonnie/Randi--it's not just a "personal choice" it is a choice that displays compassion, empathy and respect for all sentient beings. It is a choice that is gentler to the environment. It is a choice that is a more compassionate, caring, conscious one. No one is "pushing" anything. They are expressing their beliefs, experiences and concerns for animals, the environment and the future of humankind. No one has 'lost credibility' and vegans/vegetarians are NEVER going to stop stating our views and speaking out against the suffering of others or against the devastation of our environment. No one is forcing you to read these posts.

Also, personally, I don't mind being called an "extremist". I am also an "extremist" when fighting against child abuse, rape, spousal abuse, exploitation of humans or non humans, animal cruelty, racism, sexism, speciesism....etc...I am an extremist when ANY being is being exploited, harmed, or needlessly killed. I'm proud to be an "extremist". I don't believe in being half-assed about serious issues, therefore feel free to call me an 'extremist' because I will ALWAYS fight 100% to end the suffering of others.

Being vegan is better for human health, it is gentler to the environment, uses far less resources than animal agriculture, and it is the ultimate way to show genuine compassion, empathy and respect for animals.

10:16AM PDT on Sep 13, 2011

Thanks, Randi for this:
..those who choose a VEGGIE or VEGAN LIFESTYLE that is a personal choice----please stop pushing your personal chosen lifestyle onto the public as it has gotten old and lost credibility.
.. some of those who advocate certain lifestyles are often judgmental and unbearable extremists.. and believe they are the only group who have it right.

11:56AM PDT on Sep 12, 2011

the dog has a short lower intestine. that tells me it is ment to eat plants, like the horse, cow and human.

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good information -- thank you.

Thank you for the information.

Remember that adult bullies often pick on children, who are generally powerless to do anything about…

Mary B, I can assure you that it can go way beyond "office politics".

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