Beef, lamb, chicken and pork, while described by Big Livestock as healthy food choices, are not.
Deforestation to produce more grazing lands also contributes to a rapidly approaching global ecocide.
The folks behind Big Livestock, like their climate change denying “hookers’ in the fossil fuel industry, have mounted an aggressively deceptive campaign against those that truly care.
They have even gone so far as to suggest, using junk science statistics prevalent among climate change deniers, that vegetarians contribute more to greenhouse gas emissions than meat eaters.
Talk about having your head where the sun doesn’t shine.
A groundbreaking 2006breport be the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization, titled “Livestock’s long Shadow”, concluded that 18 percent of annual global greenhouse gas emissions were caused by cattle, sheep, buffalo, pigs and poultry.
Moe recent scientific studies have raised to a whopping 51 percent the percentage of greenhouse gases being emitted by livestock.
It’s an amazing fact that livestock produce more greenhouse gases than all the cars, trucks, airplanes, trains, and ships in the world combined.
The Environmental Pollution Agency has also sounded the alarm bell over the production of methane by livestock.
The EPA has stated that methane emissions resulting from the digestive systems of livestock, a process known as enteric fermentation, represents a third of all emissions from the agricultural sector in the United States.
Adding to the problem of methane emissions is improper manure handling procedures on the part of Big Livestock. In order to save money, massive industrial farms and ranches expose manure storage areas to oxygen and moisture, which contributes to methane levels in the atmosphere.
Years ago, when manure was shipped in boats, low in the hold, and not taking the oxygen/moisture factor into consideration, one could never go down there due to the gas emitted and the stench that was prolific.
Due to this, a shipping policy was instituted whereby manure had to be shipped high in transit and labeled as such. Hence, the origin of SHIT!
No one championing an environmentally sound livestock industry is calling for a ban on Big Macs or porterhouse steaks. But, there is a need for an overall reduction in the consumption of meat products by the United States and other economically advanced nations.
Now that consumers in China and India are able to afford meat products, demand has skyrocketed but so have the adverse effects on the environment. Adding in the increased demand for feed has also contributed to global climate change.
Reducing meat consumption must be part of an overall strategy for “clean” farming.
Improved and environmentally sustainable feeding practices, animal husbandry techniques, a livestock waste-to-clean energy system, and livestock health management must all be part of a livestock management infrastructure that can support a healthy environment.
But, don’t hold your breath for that especially when dealing with an industry put speed before anything else.
Even the medical experts that are not hooked on profit at all costs agree that reducing meat consumption benefits one’s health.
Whether a person opts to be a vegetarian or remain a “meathead” is a personal choice.
What could be a deciding factor is learning that the human digestive tract is a convoluted switchback road making it virtually impossible for clumps of flesh to pass through easily. As such, the body must produce enormous quantities of acid to “geterdone”.
But what happens when the body is acidic? Cancer, high blood pressure, being prone to heart disease and stroke and just about every degenerative disease imaginable, what to speak of a weak immune system that loses the ability to fight off anything.
With the proposals by governments to impose flesh and dairy taxes to offset environmental damage and public health problems takes on the aura of the aura of a “nanny state” interventionism.
When it comes to the livestock industry and the environment, it’s a far better strategy to stick to the basic problem of greenhouse gas emissions and sound solutions to this particular problem rather than add medical concerns to the debate. Education can take care of that problem.
nitrous oxide emissions.
Image the result if we stopped eating flesh altogether?
If the intelligence took control over the tongue our environment would be way better off for it.
P.S. If you don't mind flooding your brain with mercury, toxic wastes and pollution, fish will accomplish that.