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You’re not an environmentalist if you eat meat

April 22, 2014

Watch Global Warming, Meat the Truth

How to stop global warming? This extraordinary movie made by the Nicolaas G. Pierson Foundation from Holland shows us the whole and bitter truth about the influence of the meat industry on our climate and on the devastation of our environment, water, and air.

OC Comment: I am an ethical vegan. Even if veganism did not have such a profoundly beneficial impact on the environment, I’d still be vegan. For me, it’s the animals, but for others, it’s Earth, and just as you cannot care for animals while eating and wearing them, so, too, can you not care for Earth while hoisting animals to your mouth. It’s just a fact. Another fact: Earth Day is just one day, one tiny effort. If you really care about Earth, you’ll make it a lifetime commitment. Anybody can do a day, if you care, if you are concerned, you can start with every and go from there: you’ll be amazed with yourself and what you can accomplish.

Source Examiner
By Samantha Chang
Oscar-winning director James Cameron, who recently switched to a vegan diet for ethical reasons, is slamming environmentalists who continue to eat meat.In an October 2012 Facebook video, Cameron admonished meat-eating environmentalists to switch to a plant-based diet if they’re serious about saving the planet.

You can’t be an environmentalist, you can’t be an ocean steward, without truly walking the walk. And you can’t walk the walk in the world of the future — the world ahead of us, the world of our children — not eating a plant-based diet.”

In explaining why he converted to a vegan lifestyle, Cameron, 59, pointed to the environmental damage that raising livestock for food causes.

“It’s not a requirement to eat animals, we just choose to do it,” James said. “So it becomes a moral choice and one that is having a huge impact on the planet, using up resources and destroying the biosphere.”

In 2006, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization released a report indicating that 18% of the world’s man-made greenhouse-gas emissions come from livestock production. In reality, that figure is closer to 51%, according to a 2009 report by Robert Goodland and Jeff Anhang of the IFC Environment and Social Development Department.

More recently, billionaire Bill Gates estimated that livestock production is responsible for 51% of greenhouse-gas emissions. “[Moving toward a vegetarian diet is] important in light of the environmental impacts of large-scale meat and dairy production, with livestock estimated to produce nearly 51% of the world’s greenhouse gases,” he said.

Several noted environmentalists have also vocally advocated a vegetarian lifestyle, citing the environmental damage caused by livestock farming. Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, recently suggested that everyone could help reduce greenhouse-gas emissions simply by reducing their meat consumption.

Meanwhile, Nathan Pelletier, an ecological economist at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, underscored that eating cows isn’t the main problem; it’s eating cows raised on factory farms.

Pelletier said grass-fed cows are better for the environment that cows raised on livestock farms, where they’re pumped full of hormones, antibiotics and live in horrific, unsanitary conditions before they’re slaughtered.

“If your primary concern is to curb emissions, you shouldn’t be eating beef,” said Pelletier, who noted that cows produce 13 to 30 pounds of carbon dioxide per pound of meat.

Conventional cattle raising is like mining. It’s unsustainable, because you’re just taking without putting anything back. But when you rotate cattle on grass, you change the equation. You put back more than you take.”

However, some experts take issue with the notion that grass-fed beef is more environmentally friendly than factory-farmed livestock. Dr. Jude Capper, an assistant professor of dairy sciences at Washington State University, says grass-fed cows do as much harm to the Earth as factory-farmed ones.

“There’s a perception that grass-fed animals are frolicking in the sunshine, kicking their heels up full of joy and pleasure,” said Capper. “What we actually found was from the land-use basis, from the energy, from water — and particularly, based on the carbon footprints — grass-fed is far worse than corn-fed.”

One thing all vegetarian experts agree on is that livestock production damages the planet, and a plant-based diet is far more eco-friendly than a meat-centric one. Marc Reisner, former staff writer at the Natural Resources Defense Council, summed it up best when he wrote:

In California, the single biggest consumer of water is not Los Angeles. It is not the oil and chemicals or defense industries. Nor is it the fields of grapes and tomatoes. It is irrigated pasture: grass grown in a near-desert climate for cows. The West’s water crisis — and many of its environmental problems as well — can be summed up in a single word: livestock.”

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To exploit any being
On this earth that we share,
Whatever your excuse,
It still means that
You just don’t care!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

6 Comments leave one →
  1. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    April 22, 2014 11:26 am

    To exploit any being
    On this earth that we share,
    Whatever your excuse,
    It still means that
    You just don’t care!


  2. April 22, 2014 12:35 pm

    Perfectperfectperfect! Thank you, hon, it’s exactly the truth!


    • karenlyonskalmenson permalink
      April 22, 2014 2:55 pm

      thank you so very, kind soul 🙂 and you are welcome.


  3. April 22, 2014 5:17 pm

    What a perfect post for Earth Day!! I actually thought about posting something like this today, but I never got to it. I’ll just share what you wrote – how about that. 🙂


  4. April 24, 2014 3:33 am

    Reblogged this on Are there chicken sheds in heaven?.


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