October 12, 2015
Among them, Dorothy Stang a woman who dedicated her life to protect Brazil’s rain forest and its inhabitants. In 2005, Dorothy was murdered while walking to her home by a hired gun of the cattle industry.
In a report released by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), it states that cattle rearing generates more global warming greenhouse gases than the entire transportation sector.
Raising animals for food consumption uses,
Among these shocking figures, animal agriculture is also,
Hydraulic Fraction for Natural Gas (fracking) has long been thought to be the leading cause of water usage and contamination as it consumes 100 billion gallons of water per year.
Yet, when compared to animal agriculture, there is no comparison. Weighing in at 34 trillion gallons per year in the United States alone.
This means that 2500 gallons of water are required to produce only 1 lb of beef.
To put that into perspective, that would be as much water usage as showering for 2 months to produce one hamburger.
Animal agriculture produces 65% of the world’s nitrous oxide (a gas with the global warming potential 296 x greater than carbon dioxide) and it is estimated that by 2050, this industry will see an 80% increase, as the demand for meat and dairy continues to rise.
At this rate of growth, it is estimated that the rain forest will be completely depleted in 10 years.
According to two environmental specialists in a 2009 World Watch report,
This begs the question,
why is no one talking about this?
Our environmental organizations are failing us and they are failing the ecosystem.
These groups who are supposed to be protecting the environment are just standing by. This should be the main focus and yet when you visit their websites, there is nothing to be found on agriculture.
Why? Because these organizations are like corporations, and profit is a bottom line.
It’s time to wake up and realize that raising and killing animals for food, is precisely what is killing the planet.
Meatless Monday’s aren’t enough, we need a global shift.
We are in the middle of the largest mass extinction of species in the last 65 million years. We have to change, we have to evolve. Animal agriculture should be the leading cause of climate change, EVERYONE is talking about.
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