Why You Should Reduce Your Meat Consumption If You Care About The Environment
If you want to do something positive to help the environment then one of the best ways in which you can do your bit is to stop or significantly reduce your meat consumption. Aside from the many health benefits which cutting down or stopping how much meat you eat, the impact which you can make on the environment as a result of a decision like this is huge.
The reduction of your meat consumption will do far more to benefit the planet than any other kind of donation or gesture which you may wish to make and here are just a few reasons why.
Animals Take Up Space
In order to provide all of the meat which we humans demand, we must breed, breed and breed again many different types of animals. When we breed so many animals, we need somewhere for them to go and as a result, they have begun to take up far too much space. For example, a single cow requires around 1 acre of land, you can imagine therefore how many millions of acres are taken up with cows grazing. In the United States, 88% of the agriculture land is used for grazing and in many countries around the World, there simply isn’t enough space for the animals so deforestation takes place. The cutting down of air-cleaning trees to make way for our desire for meat.
Feeding the Animals
As you can imagine, the feeding of these animals puts quite a strain on the agriculture industry, they eat a lot and we need to get them big quickly to meet the demands of the market. Once again we see deforestation taking place so that we can grow the crops to feed the livestock. Recent studies have shown that around 83% of all of the World’s soya bean crops are crushed down for animal feed and in order to plant all of the soya required it has been suggested that collectively we have destroyed land the size of France, the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany just o make way for the crops.
Gas, Gas, Gas
Many people will car share to reduce their carbon footprint or eat local produce to reduce the greenhouse gases which air travel gives out. What many of us will not consider however is the incredible amount of greenhouse gases produced by the amount of animals which we are breeding. Recent studies have suggested that animals contribute to 14.5% of the World’s greenhouse gases from passing wind alone. Not only this but the piles of animal waste that exist emit massive amounts of ammonia which contribute to nitric rain near factory farms.
Running a factory farm requires a hell of a lot of water, it estimated that a pound of beef requires almost 1,800 gallons of water to produce. Around 20 percent of the fresh water in the World is used solely on the feed for livestock and that is before you consider the amount of water required used for keeping factory farms clean and hydrating the animals.
These are just a few of the many reasons why reducing your meat consumption can help to save the planet.