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Should Environmentalists Just Say No to Eating Meat?


Green Lifestyle  (tags: environment, activism, lifestyle, diet, humans, nature, green, greenliving, food, sustainable )

Cal
- 648 days ago - e360.yale.edu
Conservation organizations are working with industry to try to make beef production more sustainable. But some are questioning whether green groups should be accepting funds from the beef industry...



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(8)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 6:33 pm
If it tastes good, eat it.
 

Bill K. (23)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 6:41 pm
meat is not green and is responsible for immense amounts of energy consumption, water waste (50% in the US), pesticide use (80% in the US), ocean pollution, deforestation and habitat loss.....

and taste has nothing to do with it as i'm sure a good chef could provide tasty recipes for dog, cat, and even human. but i guess some people have no standards.
 

Danuta Watola (1199)
Friday December 7, 2012, 5:40 am
Noted
 

cecily w. (0)
Friday December 7, 2012, 7:07 am
I became vegetarian in 1967 and went vegan later. It is logical that slaughtering animals is extremely cruel, and that using animals as "nutrient converters" is extraordinarily wasteful. (One comparable issue would be that no environmentalist has more than two biological children.)

But there are no perfect people. What needs to be done is to turn economic incentives into liabilities for beahviors that are not environmentally sustainable.
 

pirjo sundqvist (160)
Friday December 7, 2012, 9:47 am
Naturally they should and itīs the one easy and potent change for the better that an individual can make to help both the environment,animals and of course his own health
 

Past Member (0)
Friday December 7, 2012, 11:14 am
If 1 person exchanges eating meat / animal products for a vegan diet, they'll reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 1.5 tons per year.
If every American dropped one serving of chicken per week from their diet, it would save the same amount of CO2 emissions as taking 500,000 cars off the road.
Chickens, turkeys, pigs and cows are collectively the largest producer of methane in the U.S.
Methane is 20x more powerful at trapping heat in the Earth's atmosphere than carbon dioxide.
The meat, egg, and dairy industries produce 65% of worldwide nitrous oxide emissions.
Nitrous Oxide is 300x more powerful at trapping heat in the Earth's atmosphere than carbon dioxide.
1 calorie from animal protein requires 11x as much fossil fuel as 1 calorie of plant protein.
The diets of meat eaters create 7x the greenhouse emissions as the diet of vegans.
Nearly half of all water used in the U.S. goes to raising animals for human food.
It takes more than 2,400 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of meat.
1 pound of wheat takes 25 gallons.
You'd save more water by not eating one lb of meat than you would by not taking a shower for 6 months.
A vegan diet requires 300 gallons of water per day vs. meat-eating diet which requires 4,000 gallons per day.
Animals raised for food create 89,000 lbs of excrement per second, none of which benefits from the waste-treatment facilities human excrement does.
Chicken, Hog, and Cattle excrement has polluted 35,000 miles of rivers in 22 states.
Raising animals for human food uses 30% of the Earth's land mass. That's about the same size as Asia! The moon has less area than that, at 14.6 million sq miles.
More than 260 million acres of U.S. forest have been cleared to create cropland to grow grain to feed farmed animals. Corn destroys to intestines and stomachs of steers and cows. GMOs and pesticides, whether sprayed or systemic, are destroy bees/pollinators, soil, air, human and animal health, and corrupt organic crops.
The equivalent of 7 football fields of land are bulldozed every minute to create room for farmed animals.
Livestock grazing is the number one cause of plant species becoming threatened or going extinct in the U.S.
70% of grain and cereals grown in the U.S. are fed to farmed animals. 90% of corn is.
Animals eat large quantities of grain, soybeans, oats, and corn; however, they only produce a comparatively small amount of meat, dairy products, or eggs in return.
It requires 16 lbs of grain to produce 1 lb of meat.
5 lbs of wild-caught fish to produce 1 pound of farmed fish.
Acidification of the oceans, coral reef death, dead zones are due to animal waste and "cides" from the GMO crops.
 

Arielle S. (317)
Friday December 7, 2012, 11:20 am
There is no need to eat meat - it's not just unhealthy, it's horrible on the environment. Those are some great statistics, Yvette - my favorite is the "you'd save more water by not eating one lb of meat than you would by not taking a shower for 6 months"! That surely puts things into perspective.
 

Julie P. (148)
Friday December 7, 2012, 8:19 pm
There are many people who are not willing to change their behavior. For those who are, we need to differentiate between 'want' and 'need. We need food, water and shelter, but meat is a 'want' with a heavy footprint. I want a liveable planet, and I may not be in a position to forego fossil fuels, but I can forego GMOs and meat, so I do.

Reducing the impact of of livestock production has a positive impact on many issues, as Yvette outlined so well above.
 

Ros G. (91)
Friday December 7, 2012, 8:30 pm
I'm sticking up for the Australian farmer here: nearly all our beef produced is grass-fed (paddock to plate), no hormones allowed, antibotics only if the cattle have an infection - has to have a special colour tag when sold so the buyer knows it's been treated. Many have introduced dung beetles into their paddocks - they bury the manure which has reduced the fly population, fenced of water courses, introduced cell grazing - the list goes on. That being said I don't support feedlot (intensive farming), live exports or automatically dosing cattle with hormones and antibiotics. These practices are cruel and unsustainable - maybe the difference between our beef cattle producers and yours is that they don't get government subsidies what they do get is government grants to help them become "cleaner and greener". Not everyone will go vegetarian or vegan - so the pressure should be on Governments and the Industry to clean up their act.
 

Colleen Prinssen (14)
Saturday December 8, 2012, 6:44 am
Ros G. , but that grassland can have greenhouses or, fruit trees planted on it., or chia. or strawberries.

that is their point.

even grassy pastures are being wasted on meat animals. and it's logical to grow stuff, and make a veggie burger factory and make synth meat.

and grow lots of beans.
 

Arthur S. (88)
Sunday December 9, 2012, 1:43 pm
DUH...Has anyone ever heard what bacon sounds like in the microwave...????Enough to make me stop eating meat! I do cheat, but with chicken and have not had MEAT IN YEARS after what I heard. Horrible!
 

Ros G. (91)
Sunday December 9, 2012, 7:24 pm
Colleen Prinssen - Many thanks for your response - I live in a farming area - I work with the soil - funny you should mention beans - most of the prime agricultural land around here has been "beaned out" in laymen's terms that means that one or two growing seasons of beans takes out so many nutrients from the soil that it almost renders it useless for a few years. Hate to tell you what the Banana growers do to the soil. Yes, food security is going to become a real issue soon and not even fruit and veggies will escape that. For those who have never worked on an organic farm - I suggest that you become WOOFERS
 
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