Meat and the Environment

September 25, 2008

According to Livestock’s Long Shadow, a groundbreaking 2006 United Nations report, raising animals for food causes more global warming than all the cars and trucks in the world combined!

This results from a host of factors, including the greenhouses gases emitted from the manure, belches, and flatulence of billions of farmed animals. Deforestation caused by the expansion of grazing and the growing of animal feed also causes global warming, as the trees are no longer there to absorb the CO2. The burning of fossil fuels used to produce the massive amount of feed crops, to heat and cool the buildings that house the animals, and to transport, process, and refigerate the meat also contribute to the problem.

Global warming is not the only area where the production of meat contributes to environmental degradation. In fact, the UN report states that “the livestock sector emerges as one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global.”

Check out the following links listed below to learn more. And learn how consuming less meat and animal products, avoiding products from factory farms, and eating more plants can benefit the environment!

Reports: UN – Livestock’s Long Shadow, Pew Study – Putting Meat on the Table, Union of Concerned Scientists – CAFOs Uncovered Executive Summary

Popular Coverage/Summaries: New York Times – Rethinking the Meat Guzzler , Washington Post – Report Targets Costs of Factory Farming, New Scientist – Meat is murder on the environment.

For more on how you can incorporate more plant based meals into your diet check out Choose Veg

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3 Responses to “Meat and the Environment”

  1. Ben DeVries Says:

    Hey guys, I love the new blog, and I was so honored to see the link to Not One Sparrow on it. This post in particular is excellent … did you guys perhaps get the email which I sent through Matt Halteman? Please drop me a note sometime if you can. Many thanks, and congratulations on a wonderful project,
    Ben DeVries (Not One Sparrow)


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