This is an accidental finding, was surfing for farmer’s rights, came across some interesting links and found all that I will put up below. Well, the Glories of Being A Vegetarian once again!
Here are some compelling facts to begin with:
In April, researchers at the University of Chicago showed that a person eating an average American diet contributes the equivalent of about 1 1/2 tonnes more CO2 to the atmosphere each year than does a person on a vegan diet. That’s more than the difference between driving a Hummer H3 and a Toyota Prius 5,000 kilometers in the city. Startlingly, fully a third of the raw materials consumed in North America are used in meat ‘production.’ Half- to three-quarters of all grain grown in North America is used for this purpose. So is some 15% of fossil fuels. The livestock industry is responsible to an astounding degree for the pollution of our air, lands and waterways.
Nearly three quarters of North American ammonia emissions are due directly or indirectly to animal farming. According to the Worldwatch Institute, farm animals around the world generate 130 times as much bodily waste as the entire human population.
The raising of livestock and the soybeans to feed them is easily the number one contributor to rainforest destruction. More than two acres of tropical rainforest is being cleared per second to graze or feed farm animals. Around the world, topsoil to the tune of tens of billions of tons are lost each year to cultivation of animal feed crops. Raising animals is an incredibly inefficient process.
Depending on the animal, it takes 2 to 10 lbs of grain to get one pound of meat. Think how much less destruction would attend a human world devoted to feeding itself directly with plant foods!
Source: A N O T H E R INCONVENIENT TRUTH
Still a chicken? 🙂
A People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals billboard chides Al Gore
Source: The New York Times. Article: Trying to Connect the Dinner Plate to Climate Change
Vegetarianism is literally about life and death — for each of us individually and for all of us together. Eating animals simultaneously contributes to a multitude of tragedies: the animals’ suffering and death; the ill-health and early death of people; the unsustainable overuse of oil, water, land, topsoil, grain, labor and other vital resources; environmental destruction, including deforestation, species extinction, mono-cropping and global warming; the legitimacy of force and violence; the mis-allocation of capital, skills, land and other assets; vast inefficiencies in the economy; tremendous waste; massive inequalities in the world; the continuation of world hunger and mass starvation; the transmission and spread of dangerous diseases; and moral failure in so-called civilized societies. Vegetarianism is an antidote to all of these unnecessary tragedies.
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Also, read this: Eating meat worse for planet than driving, animal rights groups say In IHT