10 November, 2016
Read This Article to Understand Why We All Need To Stop Eating Meat
Meat is very high in saturated fat, cholesterol, and calories. Meat consumption has been directly linked to health issues such as obesity, hypertension, and heart disease. It is also difficult for humans to digest; our digestive tract is very long compared to that of a carnivore’s. The mechanics behind digestive tract lengths is this: short is for meat, long is for vegetation. Meat cannot sit in the body for very long because it begins to rot; so, carnivores absorb the nutrients they need from meat quickly, and then eject it (this is why cats and dogs go to the bathroom so soon after eating). Herbivores have very long digestive tracts, because it takes longer for the nutrients to be absorbed from vegetables. Humans have long digestive tracts, so when we eat meat, it sits in our bodies too long. This could explain why meat consumption has been linked to colon cancer. Aside from the long-term health effects, ceasing eating meat would also mean never having to worry about food-borne pathogens such as e.coli.
Factory farming is a highly unethical, abusive and murderous industry. Approximately 150 billion animals are killed each year on meat, eggs and dairy farms. Take a moment to wrap your head around that. When we think about World War II, the hardest thing to contemplate is how the Nazis could kill 6 million people. 25 THOUSAND more animals than that are killed each year so that we can eat them. More disturbingly, many go to waste and don’t even get eaten because more meat is produced than consumed, and it goes bad before people can eat it. This article will not go into detail about the physical and mental abuse farmed animals must endure, but if you don’t understand the depth of animal suffering which occurs on factory farms, read this article for a basic idea. Animals are kept in the cruelest conditions imaginable from birth to death, and must endure physical abuse and painful deaths, just to make it to our plate. Humans do not tolerate the abuse of other humans; it is not ethical to allow this abuse to happen to any other creature, either.
Cows produce a lot of methane, which is terrible for the air (specifically, the ozone layer). Animal production accounts for 15-18% of the world’s air pollution – that is even more than all of the world’s transportation. Runoff from rain hitting animal waste and washing it into rivers and oceans also accounts for a ton of water pollution. Speaking of water, it takes 2,400 gallons of water to produce just 1 pound of beef; comparatively, 1 pound of tofu requires only 244 gallons of water to produce. By going vegan, one person can save approximately 219,000 gallons of water a year. Land use is another issue; it takes 20 times more land to support meat as to support the same amount (in pounds) of vegetables. More than NINETY PERCENT of all Amazon rainforest destruction has been performed for grazing livestock. Once the agriculture exhausts the land, the land becomes arid and turns into desert (a process known as desertification). For much more information on the environmental consequences of meat farming, go here.
The fact is, if everyone ate meat as often as the average American, we would need 6 and a half Earths to support our diet. With booming populations being a concern which is not going away any time soon, humans need to consider the impact of our lifestyle choices on the planet, on each other, and on ourselves. If you want to be healthier, help animals, and save the planet, stop eating meat. It is the simplest way to make a positive impact on the world. There are countless resources available to help and support those trying to go vegetarian – like this one.
“Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.” —Albert Einstein.