10 Reasons Vegetarianism Can Help Save the Earth

10 Reasons Vegetarianism Can Help Save the Earth

Vegetarian living is continuing to gain momentum due to its many advantages both health wise and environmentally. Here 10 reasons why vegetarianism can save the planet as reported in 2010 in The Observer, a United Kingdom periodical.

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1. Choking the Earth

A cow produces about eighty pounds of manure for every one pound of edible beef it accumulates. Manure is notorious for releasing global warming methane as it deteriorates. Combined with urine these wastes are often siphoned into holding tanks that often leak or rupture polluting the surrounding water table.

2. Ocean ‘Dead Zones’

When excess sewage from animal farms is dumped or leaked into our waterways it creates hundreds of square miles referred to as ‘dead zones’. This is due to scores of fish and other aquatic life being killed by these toxins. Approximately 400 dead zones have been identified globally and continue to rise.

3. Water Waste

To produce meat takes an enormous amount of water. According to author John Robbins, it takes about 20,000lbs of water to produce one pound of beef and only 229lbs of water to produce one pound of rice.

4. Land Waste

An entire vegetarian family of four can live off of about one acre of land of food sourced growth while a meat eating family needs approximately 20 times that.

5. More Expensive

Eating lower on the food chain requires less energy to produce and offers far more healthy benefits. Eating animals depletes valuable resources, therefore costs more money to produce and purchase as well as may require expensive medical bills due to its many unhealthy results.

6. Possible Illness

Vegetarian food can have its drawbacks if you’re not choosing organic, with GMO and pesticide practices, however eating animal flesh can perpetuate many more potential downsides. Factory farmed animals are inundated with antibiotics due to close quarters and packaging/transport practices that make them susceptible to scores of bacteria infestation such as: E-coli, fecal coliform and cryptosporidium. They are also often fed GMO feed which of course gets transferred up the food chain.

7. Oil and Coal Depletion

Livestock factory farming uses, in many cases, as much energy as a city. This is a result of water, electricity and fossil fuels needed to maintain thousands of animals daily. Every aspect from spreading fertilizer, to pumping water, transporting fuel and refrigeration, combine to deplete about one-third of American fossil fuels.

8. Air Quality

Factory farming contributes to acid rain as a result of manmade ammonia as well as ozone pollution. More than a third of the nitrogen and phosphorus found in fresh water is due to these farming practices as well as over half of antibiotic residue.

9. Deforestation

Tropical rainforests and millions of hectares of trees have been decimated to make room for grazing as well as growing animal feed.

10. Planetary Heat

The earth is heating up more from meat production. A 2006 UN study reported that “combined climate change emissions of animals bred for their meat were about 18% of the global total – more than cars, planes and all other forms of transport put together.”

Try to eat lower on the food chain or go all out and become a vegan or vegetarian. Every little bit will help.

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