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PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2014 3:53 pm 
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Is veganism part of saving us from extinction?

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/ ... -meal-time

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Animal agriculture is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than all worldwide transportation combined—cars, trucks, trains, ships and planes.3 Livestock and their waste and flatulence account for at least 32,000 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year, or 51 percent of all worldwide greenhouse gas emissions.4 Livestock causes 65 percent of all emissions of nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas 296 times more destructive than carbon dioxide.5 Crops grown for livestock feed consume 56 percent of the water used in the United States.6 Eighty percent of the world’s soy crop is fed to animals, and most of this soy is grown on cleared lands that were once rain forests. All this is taking place as an estimated 6 million children across the planet die each year from starvation and as hunger and malnutrition affect an additional 1 billion people.7 In the United States 70 percent of the grain we grow goes to feed livestock raised for consumption.

The natural resources used to produce even minimal amounts of animal products are staggering—1,000 gallons of water to produce 1 gallon of milk.9 Add to this the massive clear cutting and other destruction of forests, especially in the Amazon—where forest destruction has risen to 91 percent.10—and we find ourselves lethally despoiling the lungs of the earth largely for the benefit of the animal agriculture industry. Our forests, especially our rain forests, absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and exchange it for oxygen: Killing the forests is a death sentence for the planet. Land devoted exclusively to raising livestock now represents 45 percent of the earth’s land mass.

And this does not include the assault on the oceans, where three-quarters of the world’s primary fisheries have been overexploited and vast parts of the seas are in danger of becoming dead zones.

We can, by becoming vegan, refuse to be complicit in the torture of billions of animals for corporate profit and can have the well-documented health benefits associated with a plant-based diet, especially in the areas of heart disease and cancer.

Richard A. Oppenlander in his book, “Comfortably Unaware: What We Choose to Eat Is Killing Us and Our Planet,” draws the terrifying scenarios that lie ahead unless we change what we eat. He notes that we can save more water by refusing to eat a pound of beef—which takes more than 5,000 gallons of water to produce—than by not showering for a year and that half the water in the United States is used to sustain livestock.


Well killing a wild animal from time to time in a sustainable way is not going to upset any ecological balance but I get his point. Then there is eating snails and insects as an option.


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Then again, maybe you should be. We can consider a limited number of facts and stop there. A better option is to account for ALL that we know, weighing facts accordingly.

The ethics of eating red meat have been grilled recently by critics who question its consequences for environmental health and animal welfare. But if you want to minimise animal suffering and promote more sustainable agriculture, adopting a vegetarian diet might be the worst possible thing you could do.

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The top statements were pure unsubstantiated garbage. Agriculture puts out HGHGs in numerous ways. From bad practices, to mechanization and diesel transportation, plus the ridiculous added sugars, and pressure from extreme gross overpopulation, with the really bad slash and burn emissions. Only 3% of methane is from livestock. Much is coming from the stupid fracking boom, and huge spikes with the Arctic blowholes. More is coming out of the oceans as they warm, and 'drunk forest' and tundras in spring temperatures warmer than the threshold for turnover. 8-[
It is only a matter of a decade or so, and people will be eating people, plus any animal they can catch along with stealing all edibles and valuables, in their wandering gangs that eventually run out of food, too. Remote vegetarians may last until temperatures ruin crops before 2050. :-({|=
I no longer eat as much meat, and no red meat. I also look for added sugars. Gout gets your attention!! The agricultural and food corporations are as bad as the fossil fuel ones, in that profits count more than health or the future of humanity and the planet's biosphere. [-X
I really don't like many vegetarians' better than thou attitude, when they face a different set of health worries, and use it to excuse gross over-breeding like in India. India has a global dimming zone seven times its land size, from fossil fuels and a billion dung cook fires, and the dung and trees are about gone. Soot from them has been shown to be accelerating glacier melting in Greenland. They have disrupted their own needed monsoon regularity, and are near running out of pure ground water while their 'Sacred' Ganges River is full of diseases and human excrement. Half of India's soil is at zero organics and depleted, like China, with only fossil fuel fertilizers making it so the malnourished crop is usable. The soil only holds it in place, not giving it nutrition like it naturally should. #-o
Sure, everyone turning vegan theoretically would make it so about 40% of already deteriorated low soil grazing land can be temporarily used for other foods. I think everyone should do as I do for milk. 1/2 cup almonds with 1 cup water in refrigerator overnight then low then high with 28 ozs cold water in the blender on solar power. Through a sieve into a glass quart bottle, and the leftover can be added to recipes or composted, or even fed to birds.
Tastes just like the dairy kind, but good for you instead of bad. :mrgreen: What does California do?? They let the almond growers have enough less water to ruin them, while giving the unsustainable city people water to flush and waste. :x
It is really stupid to use aquifers for agriculture, because they are a very long term loss. In fact it is stupid to use any resources including soils and aquifers, faster than their replenishment rate. People have been depleting and polluting 100 and more times as fast as natural recharge rates, natural regeneration rates, and absorption rates since the early part of last century, getting worse with population growth. :cry:
Essentially lowering the long term population possible to sustain, and accelerating to the negative like a reflection of the growth curve. It only gives humanity a few more years if they all go vegan, and before that the entire population is malnourished and losing immunity, along with being pissed off in the crowds. :evil:

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