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Meat's Contribution to the Environmental Crisis

Meat's Contribution to the Environmental Crisis

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Meat’sdevastating impacton the ecosystem
Resource depletion
The global animal agriculture industry uses up about one-third of the Earth’s entire land surface (for grazing pastureand growing livestock feed), and more than half the water and over one-third of thepetroleum consumed in the U.S. Producing meat requires many times the resourcesneeded to grow a nutritionally-equivalent volume of plant foods.
Pollution
Cows, pigs, chickens, and other farmed animals produce about 130 times moreexcrement than the entire human population. Antibiotics and hormones fed to livestock,toxic chemicals sprayed on feed crops, and other poisons from factory farms are amongthe most common causes of habitat collapse and wildlife loss.
Global warming
In2006, the United Nations Food and AgricultureOrganization reported that animal agricultureproduces moregreenhouse gasses than all the automobiles in the world. AUniversity of Chicago study found that a person on a vegandiet produces 1.5 tons fewer carbon dioxide emissions each year than the average meat eater,while switching from agas-powered car to a hybrid only reduces emissions by 1 ton.
Meat’s Contribution tothe Environmental CrisisMeat’s Contribution tothe Environmental Crisis
Cows, which have doubled in population in the last 40 years to an estimated 1.3billion worldwide, produce one pound of methane for everytwo pounds of meat that they yield. Methane is 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide incontributing to global warming.
-Environmental News Networ

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