Could your diet help the hungry? Could it have a positive impact on our water and the oceans? What about biodiversity and animals? Forests? The climate?
The answer is yes. Here is a fantastic article with supporting evidence on all these issues and more.
Scientific American was asked “How does meat in the diet impact the environment?”
Here are a couple of points from the article:
Eating too much meat is no good for our health, with overindulgence linked to increasing rates of heart disease, cancer and obesity.
A 2009 study found that four-fifths of the deforestation across the Amazon rainforest could be linked to cattle ranching. And the water pollution from factory farms (also called concentrated animal feeding operations or CAFOs)—whereby pigs and other livestock are contained in tight quarters—can produce as much sewage waste as a small city, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).
EWG estimates that growing livestock feed in the U.S. alone requires 167 million pounds of pesticides and 17 billion pounds of nitrogen fertilizer each year across some 149 million acres of cropland. The process generates copious amounts of nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas 300 times more potent than carbon dioxide, while the output of methane—another potent greenhouse gas—from cattle is estimated to generate some 20 percent of overall U.S. methane emissions. Read more... (181 words, 1 image)