Hello everyone! I hope all of you are having a wonderful day. Hopefully winding down from a busy day or enjoying your day off. Recently, I have had the pleasure of stumbling across this study, Reduce, Reuse, Go Vegan, on how does veganism help the environment.
Land Use More Harmful Then Gas Exhaust?
Yes, land use for agriculture and deforestation produces more Green House Gases (GHG) then all of the automotive in the world. The stats are that 9.1% of all GHG’s in the world come from automotive while an alarming 24% of all GHG’s come from land use. So first off, I have no idea what Greenhouse Gases are and how they affect our environment. So I looked it up for both You and I. Courtesy of Merriam-Webster online dictionary, Greenhouse Gases are any of various gaseous compounds (such as carbon dioxide or methane) that absorb infrared radiation, trap heat in the atmosphere, and contribute to the greenhouse effect
Thank you Merriam-Webster. Now I can identify the harm that GHG’s can create in our living space. This article goes on to say that Carbon Dioxide is responsible for around 81% of GHG emissions. Methane adds to GHG by around 11% which comes from natural gas and agricultural emissions. However, Methane is more potent then carbon dioxide in regards to global warming potential (GWP). Methane is 86 times more capable of trapping heat then carbon dioxide. So that puts things in perspective.
Livestock and Its Lifestyle Longevity
The Food and Agriculture organization (FAO), said that the livestock industry accounted for 18% of global GHG emissions. They also said that the livestock industry was responsible for 75% of agriculture sector emissions. Back to Methane now. Methane is produced through enteric fermentation which is done by farm animals digestion and manure management. Enteric fermentation is only a part of the problem
Here is a list of the other harmful links of livestock on the environment.
- Climate Change (from the methane emisssions produced from livestock operations that contribute to Greenhouse Gases)
- Loss of Biodiversity (which in simple terms in lack of diversity between plants and animals)
- Deforestation (cutting down plants and trees to hoard tons of livestock)
- Spread of Disease (through uncooked meat and other animal illness)
- Air and Water Pollution (caused by Greenhouse Gases)
- 60% of all corn and barley grown goes to animal feed ( which we have to make room for when it could be land used for other purposes)
- Demand for meat is 5 times more then what it was 50 years ago.
Evidence is clear, We need a change
If we continue in the next 5o years to multiply our demand for meat by 5 times of that what we consume now then there is going to be serious consequences. We need to seriously rethink our meat intake and find more of an alternative solution. We can not keep putting out more carbon dioxide and methane into our atmosphere through livestock habitation. Which in turn, traps more heat in the atmosphere which can alter our living space as human beings.
Also, studies have shown that more fossil fuel energy is used to produce one calorie of meat versus one calorie of grain protein. The finding is 28 calories of fossil fuel compared to 3 calories of fossil fuel. Creating a plant based diet is proven to help the environment in being more self efficient which leads to a decrease in potential harm to our planet and air space.
More findings are found in this peer reviewed article that I have just read if you are interested in reading more. Just see below. It is a very good read and a quick one at that.
Thanks for reading everyone. As always here is the website that I wrote this article on.
Peer Reviewed Reference