Thursday, October 15, 2009

How does eating meat affect climate change ?

Blog Action Day '09 - Climate Change 
Blog Action Day is an annual event that unites the world's bloggers in posting about the same issue on the same day on their own blogs with the aim of sparking discussion around an issue of global importance. Blog Action Day 2009 will be the largest-ever social change event on the web. One day. One issue. Thousands of voices.

How does eating meat affect climate change ?

Greenhouse Gases
According to the United Nations raising animals for food generates more greenhouse gases than all the cars and trucks in the world combined

Raising animals for food requires almost one-third of all fossil fuels used in South Africa. Producing a single hamburger uses enough fossil fuel to drive a small car 32 kilometres and enough water for 17 showers.

In addition to the pollution generated by fossil fuel consumption, animals raised for food produce 80 million tonnes of excrement each year. This excrement, swimming with parasites, antibiotics and pesticides, befouls our air, pollutes our water and destroys our topsoil.

Twenty times more land is required to feed a meat-eater than to
feed a vegan (pure vegetarian).

Raising animals for food consumes more than half of all the water used in the world. It takes 11,365 litres of water to produce half a kilogram of meat but only 272 litres to produce a pound of wheat.

Rain forests are being destroyed at a rate of 323,748 square
kilometres per year to create space to raise animals for food. For every fast-food burger, 5 square metres of rain forest land must be razed.

You can’t be concerned about the environment without caring
and blood, have complex social and psychological lives and feel
pain, just as we do. More than 55 billion land-based animals are killed each year globally by the meat industry, and they’re raised and killed in ways that would horrify any compassionate person.
This figure does not include the billions of animals torn from the sea.

You Can Help Stop Global Warming! Go Vegan!

The most powerful step that we can take as individuals
to avert global warming is to stop eating meat, eggs, and
dairy products.

Download the pamphlet : "Think you can be a meat eating environmentalist" 

Peta "Meat's Not Green" Campaign

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