Thread: Top Ten Reasons Why its Green to go Veggie

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    Top Ten Reasons Why its Green to go Veggie

    Top 10 Reasons Why It's Green to Go Veggie

    1. Reduce global warming

    Global warming poses one of the most serious threats to the global environment ever faced in human history. Yet by focusing entirely on carbon dioxide emissions, major environmental organizations have failed to account for published data showing that other gases are the main culprits behind the global warming we see today. As a result, they are overlooking the fact that the single most important step an individual can take to reduce global warming [faster than any other means] is to adopt a vegetarian diet.
    In its 2006 report, the United Nations said raising animals for food generates more greenhouse gases than all the cars and trucks in the world combined.

    2. Avoid excessive CO2 production

    According to the UN Report, when emissions from land use and land use change are included, the livestock sector accounts for 9 per cent of CO2 deriving from human-related activities, but produces a much larger share of even more harmful greenhouse gases.

    3. Reduce methane/nitrous oxide production

    Cows and sheep are responsible for 37% of the total methane (23 times as warming as CO2) generated by human activity.4 With methane emissions causing nearly half of the planet’s human-induced warming, methane reduction must be a priority

    The livestock industry generates 64 per cent of ammonia, which contributes significantly to acid rain.5
    The livestock industry also generates 65 per cent of human-related nitrous oxide, which has 300 times the Global Warming Potential (GWP) of CO2. Most of this comes from manure.6
    In addition to having the advantage of immediately reducing global warming, shifting away from methane-emitting food sources is much easier than cutting carbon dioxide:

    First, greenhouse gas reductions through a vegetarian diet are limitless. In principle, even 100% reduction could be achieved with little negative impact. In contrast, similar cuts in carbon dioxide are impossible without devastating effects on the economy. Even the most ambitious carbon dioxide reduction strategies fall short of cutting emissions by half.

    Second, a shift in diet can lower greenhouse gas emissions much more quickly than shifts away from the fossil fuel burning technologies that emit carbon dioxide. The turnover rate for most ruminant farm animals is one or two years, which means that decreases in meat consumption would result in an almost immediate drop in methane emissions.

    The turnover rate for cars and power plants, on the other hand, can be decades. Even if cheap, zero-emission fuel sources were available today, they would take many years to build and slowly replace the massive infrastructure our economy depends upon today.
    Similarly, unlike carbon dioxide which can remain in the air for more than a century, methane cycles out of the atmosphere in just eight years. Therefore, lower methane emissions translate to cooling of the earth quickly.

    4. Save large amounts of water

    Estimates of the water required to produce a kilo of beef vary, from 13,000 liters8 up to 100,000 liters9 . Whichever figure you use, the damage is plain when you consider that the water required to produce a kilo of wheat is somewhere between 1,000-2,000 litres.

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    Any thoughts?

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    Yes. The lower we eat on the food chain the better for the planet.

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    I heartily agree with you Philg.

    With apologies to those who have heard it all before, I'm going to re-state the origins of meat-eating.

    The energy from the sun is absorbed by green plants such as grass, in the chloroplasts containing chlorophyll, rich in vitamins and minerals.

    Grazing animals like cows, horses, buffalo and their evolutionary ancestors could digest chlorophyll, and develop protein-rich bodies.

    The carnivorous animals exploited the work done by the grazing animals, by eating the protein directly for their own benefit, saving the carnivores from spending their whole day in eating and digesting grass. Just one huge meal every few days was all they needed.

    Conclusion: We are still following the same process, millions of years later. Using animals to make protein for us to consume, so we don't have to spend all our time in grazing. The time thus saved can be spent in developing industrial means of exploiting the protein-producing animals, and everything else the humans engage in doing.

    Enough is known of human nutritional requirements, that everybody in this over-populated world could be fed without the need for the gentle ruminants in our food chain. But the hunger for meat is so ingrained in most of the population, it's not sufficient to just describe the environmental harm done by raising animals for food. A report from the United Nations isn't going to make much difference, I'm sorry to say.

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