When we think of Global Warming, our thoughts might turn to emissions produced by cars and other vehicles, factory plants, how we use our gas and electric supplies at home, even right down to the small things like how many times we boil a kettle in a day.
These are some of the common answers that we give when asked: What are the main causes of Global Warming? However, most of us are unaware of one of the biggest causes of this increasing problem: the meat industry.
Below is a must-see video for mind-blowing facts about how the consumption of meat not only causes extreme animal suffering, but also incredibly dangerous and potentially irreversible damage to our planet. When you watch the video, you just won’t believe the level of ignorance we are guilty of when it comes to the problems we cause to our environment.
The video, “Meat the Truth” reveals to us that, while cars and other vehicles are responsible for 13% of the harmful emissions that harm our planet, the meat industry is responsible for an enormous 18% of emissions! If you think of every car, every train, ship and airplane that operates in the world, the combined damage they cause to the environment is LESS than the damage caused by the desire to temporarily satisfy our taste buds.
To put these numbers into perspective, it is said that if every American replaced just ONE meal containing meat per week with a non-meat substitute, it would be the equivalent of taking 500 cars off the road in terms of pollution. How incredible!
In fact, in the USA, factory farming uses up ONE THIRD of the ENTIRE supply of fossil fuel in order to satisfy our eating habits. When you consider that this use of energy is completely unnecessary, it really brings it home just how selfish we can be when we freely put our very existence in danger for the sake of something that amounts to nothing more than temporary pleasure.
One of the main contributing factors to the Global Warming process is the release of methane gas into the environment, which traps radiation from the Earth. This causes the rise in atmospheric temperature that in turn causes our planet to incur devastating damage.
Methane gas is produced by cows and this production is increased due to factory farming, which feeds animals way beyond their natural needs. For example, a dairy cow that produces 8,000-10,000 liters of milk in one year will produce 500-700 liters of methane gas PER DAY! Over one year, this amounts up to over 250,000 liters of methane gas produced by EACH individual dairy cow.
What’s more, in order to feed animals way beyond their natural needs, they need to be fed huge amounts of corn, hay, soy bean, and barley – crops that are continually planted at an alarming rate. To make way for these crops, vast tracts of rainforest have to be torn down, causing even further environmental damage. So as we can see, the meat industry doesn’t stop at causing great suffering to animals, it actually causes widespread suffering to a number of beings who live in natural habitats, as well as irreversible damage to the natural environment itself, which provides essential support in keeping the Earth’s environment stable.
The really sad part is that, all the while we have been conditioned and convinced to believe that meat and dairy products are essential parts to our diet, they are actually not as necessary as we have come to believe. Human beings are perfectly capable of living healthy lives without the consumption of meat and dairy products. In fact, while dairy cows individually produce 8,000-10,000 liters of milk per year, the milk is really only of any use to calves. Humans are the only species that continue to consume milk beyond infancy.
There is not one nutrient contained in meat or dairy products that cannot be found in natural sources of food – not a single one. Therefore, in terms of a healthy diet, we really don’t need animals at all to produce anything at the expense of their suffering or their lives; this is done purely to satiate our own greed and desire. On top of this, we are also faced with the hard truths that reveal our greed and desire to consume meat and dairy lie at the very heart of the problem that is slowly destroying our planet!
Please watch the video provided. What you have read here doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of the problem. The information you will hear and the images you will see are nothing less than jaw-dropping. And even if you are not a vegetarian or vegan, you will find it impossible to ignore the concrete evidence that proves there is a direct link between Global Warming and the unnecessary choices we make.
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