Climate Change and Meat Consumption:
A recent authoritative report published by the Worldwatch Institute, authors Goodland and Anhang concluded that over 51% of greenhouse gases (GHGs) emissions come from Livestock.
LIVESTOCK: A MAJOR CAUSE OF GLOBAL WARMING
Livestock raising drives 1/3 of the world’s deforestation. It uses up 3.4 billion hectares of land for animal gazing and for growing crops to feed the animals. Livestock’s gas and waste produces the no.1 source of nitrous oxide and methane, which are 310 times and 72 times more power than carbon dioxide respectively.
Livestock industry produces more carbon dioxide than all the world’s cars, trains and planes combined – by raising the animals, transporting them to the slaughterhouses, the slaughtering process, refrigerating and transporting their carcasses all over the world.
Countless acres of rainforest have been destroyed to create land for cattle grazing.
SURVIVAL OF OUR GREEN PLANET IN OUR HANDS (GO VEG!)
Please make a healthy, environmental and compassionate choice, choose to drastically reduce your meat intake or simply go vegetarian or vegan. This is the single most powerful action for preventing climate change as it is the single largest source of greenhouse gas emissions.
By choosing a plant based diet we can reduce our carbon foot print by a huge amount. Meat production also uses a massive amount of water and other resources which would be better used to feed the world’s hungry and provide water to those in need.
Save Human’s Lives
20% of the world’s population, or 1.4 billion people, could be fed with the grain and soybeans fed to U.S. cattle alone.
Scientists predict that global warming would displace 150 million people over the next 50 years.
Save Wild Animals’ Lives
The disappearance of 65 amphibian species in Central and South America has a direct correlation to global warming.
Animal species like antelopes; tortoises and birds found only on the southern tip of Africa cannot move farther south when warming becomes unbearable.
Over two-thirds of bird species in Australia and more than one-third of those in Europe could simply be wiped off the face of the Earth.
Save Rainforests Species’ Lives
Livestock grazing leads to the destruction of rainforests. And with it, the extinction of over half of the world’s animal and plant species.
Save Farm Animals’ Lives
In the United States, 10 billion animals are slaughtered every year.
In the European Union, the annual figure is 300 million cattle, sheep, and pigs, and 4 billion chickens.
In Canada, 650 million are killed annually.
Save Ocean Species ’ Lives
Pollution from animal farms is destroying the world’s oceans. Nitrogen from animal feces and fertilizer causes massive increase in algae, leaving little oxygen for other sea lives. In many areas, virtually all the sea animals and plants have died.
Pollution and over-fishing causes diminished food supply for sea animals.
Save Our Own Lives
Increases life expectancy by up to 15 years; Reduces heart disease risk by 50%; Reduces heart surgery risk by 80%; Lowers blood pressure; Lowers cholesterol levels; Reduces Type 2 diabetes; Prevents stroke conditions; Reverses atherosclerosis; Prevents many forms of cancer; Stronger immune system
Save Our Children’s Lives
“We hold the future in our hands. Together, we must ensure that our grandchildren will not have to ask why we failed to do the right thing, and left them to suffer the consequences.”
— UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon
1 person going veg for 1 year = Reduces 3,267 pounds of CO2 emissions + Stops 5 people from starving (We can feed 5 times more people if we use the land to grow crops directly for humans instead of growing crops for livestock and then eating their meat.) + Saves 25 lives (0.4 cow, 0.5 pig, 0.1 sheep, 24 chickens)
You save more water by not eating 1 pound of beef than by not showering for at least 6 months!
If the whole population of United States of 311 million people eats 2/3 less meat: = 655 billion pounds of CO2 emissions could be reduced. +1 billion of starving people could be fed. Enough to stop world hunger! +5 billion of animal lives could be spared.
A vegan diet prevents the equivalent of 1.5 tons of CO2 emissions every year — even more than the 1 ton of CO2 emissions prevented by switching from a large sedan to a Toyota Prius. Switching to a vegan diet is 50 percent more effective than switching from a regular car to a hybrid in reducing your impact on global warming.
Stop Global Warming:
Stop 80% of global warming
Save 4.5 tons of emissions per US household per year
Conserve up to 70% clean water
Save over 70% of the Amazonian rainforest (3,433 billion hectares of land)
Free up 760 million tons of grain every year (half the world’s supply)
Free up 85% of the world’s soy
Free up 43% of the world’s cereal
Consume 2/3 less fossil fuels of those for meat product
Stop deforest the lungs of the Earth
Reduce pollution from untreated animal waste
Maintain cleaner air
Maintain cleaner water bodies
Solution for World Problems:
Stop world hunger
Revive world economy
Amount of U.S. grain fed to farm animals: 70%
Pounds of corn and soy required to produce just one pound of pork: 7
Water needed to produce a pound of wheat: 14 Gallons
Water needed to produce a pound of meat: 441 Gallons
Of all water used for all purposes in the U.S., more than half goes to: Livestock production
Threatened and endangered species imperiled by livestock grazing: 161
VEG FOODS FOR HEALTHY LIFE
A Healthy Heart
Vegetarians have much lower cholesterol levels than meat eaters, and heart disease is less common in vegetarians. Vegetarian meals are typically low in saturated fat and usually contain little or no cholesterol. Many studies show that replacing animal protein with plant protein lowers blood cholesterol levels.
A veg diet helps prevent cancer. Studies show that breast cancer rates are dramatically lower in countries where typical diets are plant-based. Vegetarians also have significantly lower rates of colon cancer than meat eaters. Veg diets help protect against cancer because they are lower in fat and higher in fiber than meat-based diets. Plants also contain other cancer-fighting substances called phytochemicals. Some studies have suggested that diets that avoid dairy products may reduce the risk of prostate and ovarian cancers. Some of the anticancer aspects of a veg diet cannot yet be explained. For example, researchers are not quite sure why vegetarians have more of certain white blood cells, called natural killer cells, which are able to seek and destroy cancer cells.
The latest studies on diabetes show that a veg diet high in complex carbohydrates and fiber and low in fat is the best dietary prescription for controlling diabetes. A diet based on vegetables, legumes, fruits, and whole grains, which are also low in fat and sugar, can lower blood sugar levels and often reduce or even eliminate the need for medication.
Lower Blood Pressure
An impressive number of studies show that vegetarians have lower blood pressure than non-vegetarians. A veg diet also reduces sodium intake: When patients with high blood pressure begin a vegetarian diet, many are able to eliminate the need for medication.
The Calcium Connection
Vegetarians are less likely to form either kidney stones or gallstones. Vegetarians are also at lower risk for osteoporosis because they eat little or no animal protein. A high consumption of animal protein encourages the loss of calcium from the bones. Replacing animal products with plant foods reduces the amount of calcium lost.
Planning Veg Diets
Grains, beans, and vegetables are rich in protein and iron. Green leafy vegetables, beans, lentils, tofu, corn tortillas, and nuts are excellent sources of calcium, as are enriched soymilk and fortified juices. Vitamin D is normally made in the body when sun shines on the skin. People who are dark-skinned or live at northern latitudes have some difficulty producing vitamin D year-round. Vitamin D can easily be obtained from fortified foods.
Regular intake of vitamin B12 is important. Good sources include all common multiple vitamins, fortified cereals, some brands of nutritional yeast, and fortified soymilk. When reading food labels, look for the word cyanocobalamin in the ingredients list. This is the form of vitamin B12 that is best absorbed by the body.