I found this article and felt the need to share it with all of you. It's a well known fact that a vegetarian / vegan diet is significantly better for our over all health but it is also better in so many ways especially when we talk about the environment.
Avoiding eating meat will benefit the environment and our planet greatly. First off, the toxic emmissions let out in to the atmosphere on behalf of cattle farming is immense. Cows produce large amounts of waste that is high in methane gases which are directly linked to climate change. Supporting these beef industries is basically supporting climate change and helping it along.
Preserving our land. The U.S. has lost approximately a third of their topsoil to factory farming. Factory farming is directly linked to deforestation and destruction of the environment. Also, factory farming consumes vast quantities of water. It takes roughly 70% of the world's fresh water for agriculture of plants and animals. There are cities and countries across the globe that can't access clean water and here we are pouring it all in to the meat industry. This is most alarming when you consider that it takes more than 100 times the water to produce a pound of beef that it does to produce a pound of plants. Basically, avoiding meat and sticking with plants / veggies will reduce our water consumption significantly.
There is no "news" in this story but it's important to reiterate the facts. The meat industry is not only rooted in suffering and evil but is also contributing to destruction of the environment, over consumption of natural resources, and deforestation. A vegetarian / vegan diet is our way of contributing to the environment and doing our part to reduce the damage done by this industry.
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Jonathan - Happy Veg
Dedicated Foodie. Proud Vegetarian. Recipe Creator. Friend to all Animals.