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What is the link between eating meat and Global Warming?

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to produce the plants that will then feed the cattle. Then water to drinking for the animals and to clean them. In France, it takes about 8250L of water to produce the daily food of an omnivore. But by adopting a vegetable diet, this amount can be reduced to 3600L per day.

Another problem is added to this excessive use, water pollution. Indeed, in addition to ruin our last water resources, producing meat pollutes the waters of our planet enormously. Livestock and fish farming is the largest source of water pollution. These are mainly fecal matter of animals, antibiotics, chemicals, fertilizers and pesticides used to grow cereals to feed the livestock who pollue the most. The excessive use of fertilizers but also the releases of manure increases the rate of nitrate and phosphorus in the waters causing eutrophication or more commonly called Green tides. This phenomenon is responsible for the proliferation of green algae that invade the littoral, attracted by a high rate of fertilizers that flow along the groundwater and are found in our seas. This eutrophication causes the death of many aquatic living beings and a few terrestrial animals because the algae that has become too numerous, uses all the dioxygen of the water which asphyxiates the living aquatic beings. They also produces toxic sulphide dioxide. Finally, it has been observed, an increase of ammonia gas in the atmosphere which after a change becomes acid. It then dissolves in precipitation and thus causes acid rain. Again, these rains are mainly caused by our meat consumption, more than 80% of the emission of ammonia gas is emitted by livestock. But what environmental damage is causing these acid rain? Well, they disrupt photosynthesis and destroy soil nutrients. There are no less than 2/3 of the planet’s forests damaged by intensive livestock production. Lakes, rivers, streams and rivers are also affected by acid rain. The reduction and disappearance of aquatic species, which are very sensitive to changes in pH, confirms the degradation of water. Thus, produce meat at a cost. The quantity of water, fodder, surface ... All these characteristics of meat production impact dangerously our planet.

In the end, eating meat or animal products does not contribute to our health or our environment. Meat is harmful to health, scientists recently announced that the meat was carcinogenic. But in addition to this, meat massively degrades ecosystems and biodiversity. Deforestation, the waste and pollution of our waters, the high emission of greenhouse gases but also the very small contribution of energies to our organism. Thus, eaten meat contributes fully to global warming. Eating animal products damages our health and our environment. It is therefore urgent to change the way we feed ourselves and thus reduce our consumption of meat. Thus new practices are born: eating Vegan or less radical, being vegetarian.


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