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There’s been a lot of buzz in the media lately about the negative impacts that meat production and consumption have on the environment and with good reason. Many issues that our planet currently faces, including increased green house gas emissions and unsustainable water usage to name just a couple, can be tied directly to animal agriculture.

So many of us don’t realize that what goes onto our plate affects more than just our waistline (and cardiovascular health, cancer risk, longevity and increased energy levels but we digress). Every bite of food that we consume carries some form of environmental impact, no matter what it is. It just so happens that, according to a vast amount of data out there, meat has a much heavier footprint than foods derived from plants. We’re talking a T Rex footprint vs. a chicken print here.

In looking at all of this information, as you definitely should too, we came up with a list of 10 facts that were truly terrifying. We’re talking Carol Anne getting sucked into the T.V. scary. So sit back with some plant based Bourbon Carmel Popcorn and prepare to take in this horror show of facts.

 

1. Can’t you just hear the guy from Ferris Bueller on this one? Ferris has missed school nine times. The difference here though is one example deals with truancy and the other with ruining the planet.

10 Scary Facts About Meat and The EnvironmentWorldWatch.org

2. Well, that just seems selfish.

10 Scary Facts About Meat and The EnvironmentWorldWatch.org

 

3. Way to hog all the land there, livestock…yes, we did.

10 Scary Facts About Meat and The EnvironmentWorldWatch.org

4. She’s right to be covering her mouth, this fact is a little scarier than the zombie apocalypse since it’s, you know, real. (#spoileralert)

10 Scary Facts About Meat and The EnvironmentWorldWatch.org

5. Think you could save some for the rest of us? Geez. 

10 Scary Facts About Meat and The EnvironmentGlobal Issues

 

6. Way to be guys, you’re literally eating the world to death.

10 Scary Facts About Meat and The EnvironmentTake Extinction Off Your Plate

7. That’s like saying, “If you give me $4.50, I’ll give you a buck.” No deal.

10 Scary Facts About Meat and The EnvironmentStanford Alumni

8. “Mooom, the carnivore got a bigger piece than me!”

10 Scary Facts About Meat and The EnvironmentNCBI

9. Can you make an entire foil body suit for us, Joaquin?

10 Scary Facts About Meat and The EnvironmentVirginia Tech

10. Just, eewwww…

10 Scary Facts About Meat and The EnvironmentTufts

 

 

 

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63 comments on “10 Scary Facts About Meat and the Environment”

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Jesse Orozco
3 Months Ago

If anyone wants to look at the health benefits of plant based diets; I've got some good resources from accredited scientific professionals on my Facebook page I'd love to share to help inform you towards a healthier quality of life :) #knowledge #greenweek


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Renee Renee
3 Months Ago

Pop ups, too many ads. Extremely small font.


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Daimo Butler
3 Months Ago

Here's another fact based article for you: https://theconversation.com/veggie-is-the-most-low-carbon-diet-right-well-it-depends-where-you-live-54897


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Daimo Butler
3 Months Ago

Here's a couple of facts you won't hear on this site. http://www.skepticalscience.com/how-much-meat-contribute-to-gw.html


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Daimo Butler
23 Apr 2016

Lol

Daimo Butler
23 Apr 2016

Lol

Lnghrn
1 Years Ago

Rational vs. Emotional

Rational:
While all the reasons listed above are valid, it is very very incomplete. The most beneficial reason would be accomplished by doing a side-by-side comparison of the amount of resources required to obtain the same level of NUTRIENTS from meat as from crops. For example, in order to obtain the same level of protein from 1 oz (28 grams) of meat, a vegetarian would need to consume:
•¼ cup cooked dried beans, peas, or lentils
•1 egg or 2 egg whites, or ¼ cup egg substitute
•½ oz (1 Tbsp) nuts or seeds
•¼ cup tofu or tempeh
•1 Tbsp peanut butter
^^ Now with that information, we should do a resources analysis.

Emotional
I think even larger than the rational reason not to eat meat, we should consider the emotional reasons. YouTube some videos of different animal-pets and you\'ll realize that all animals (pigs, cows, chickens, etc.) prefer to be loved - just like humans. It\'s honestly adorable and it is what I think about before ordering meat vs nonmeat. I haven\'t been able to give up meat completely, but I am getting much closer b/c of the emotional thoughts.

On a side note, the video advertisements on this website are way annoying.


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Milan
1 Years Ago

The argument #2 was so incredibly stupid I didn\'t bother reading the rest.
To the author of this stupidity: You do realize that animals need to eat too? Livestock or free animals, they don\'t live on air, you know. Do you honestly think that if all humans stopped eating meat then there\'d be no need for animals to eat? Maybe you\'re trying to say that if all humans turn vegan then we wouldn\'t need animals at all?
Get a grip, seriously.


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Noud
30 Dec 2014

Of course animals need to eat. But think about how much food that animal ate before it grew up and became big enough to be slaughtered for meat. The argument here is that if you skip the \'middleman\' (the animal) and give the crops needed to feed the animal directly to the human, there\'d be more than enough food to spare. One statistic I read (I\'ll try and find the source again if you\'d like) is that enough crops are produced right now to feed the entire human population 1.5 times over. However a lot of this food actually goes to animals being raised for slaughter instead of directly to humans.

รพีพร เตี๋ยวงษ์สุวรรณ์
1 Years Ago

May I share this? Thanks.


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Hannah Thayer
1 Years Ago

Cassidy Mayton


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Joanie Loveless
2 Years Ago

Men and woman do not have to hunbt for their food as our ancestors who inhyabited this earth long ago. Their means of survival was berries, roots, grains, grasses amnd hunt for birds, and protei of animals of the forests. Today we have learned medical facts of the abuses of our bodies by over indulgences of meat and sugars . We can control our own destiny today and grow our own food if we can afford a piece of land large enough.


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Chelsie Devikali
2 Years Ago

This is so much more important than people realize.


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