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In recent years, the inherent cruelty of factory farming has become more widely known amongst the general public. As consumers learn about the cramped, unnatural, and torturous lives endured by the animals who are used by the industrial food system, more and more of them are choosing to lower their consumption of meat, dairy, and other animal products. However, what many people may not realize is that the animal agriculture industry is also one of the world’s leading drivers of deforestation, species extinction, oceanic dead zones, melting polar ice caps, and climate change.

Worldwide production of meat and dairy is estimated to account for at least 14.5 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions – but some organizations, like the Worldwatch Institute, have calculated that the figure could be a staggering 51 percent. It was recently revealed that just one agribusiness corporation – Tyson Foods – is a bigger water polluter than gas and oil giant ExxonMobil, dumping some 104 million pounds of toxic waste into U.S. waterways from 2010 to 2014!

While some have put forward the suggestion of “grass-fed,” “organic”, or “locally raised” animal products as a more environmentally friendly solution, the truth is that these types of farms are deeply unsustainable, as they would still require vast amounts of land and water in order to operate. The latest ludicrous suggestion? Adding oregano to the feed of dairy cows, in an effort to prevent them from burping. However, even if this method were to lead to a marginal reduction in the dairy industry’s greenhouse gas emissions, this would not alter the fact that the rearing of cattle uses up huge amounts of natural resources.

It takes a months’ worth of showers to produce just one gallon of milk. It has also been estimated that it takes 4,200 gallons of water per day to facilitate the average diet that includes meat and dairy, in comparison,  300 gallons for a plant-based diet. As if that weren’t bad enough, an unbelievable 70 percent of our domestic freshwater supply goes directly to animal agriculture.

In California – a state plagued by drought – the stark results of this have become more and more obvious. Residents of the state have been urged to cut down on their individual water consumption by turning off the faucet when brushing their teeth, taking shorter showers, and only washing clothes when they have a full machine load ready. However, the fact is that such efforts – laudable as they may be – will make very little difference to the situation. Only four percent of California’s water footprint comes from individual household use, while an incredible 93 percent is derived from agricultural activities. California is the leading producer of dairy products in the U.S. with over 1.8 million cows being kept in dairy farms throughout the state.

A photograph published in The Statesman powerfully illustrates this connection between cows and water scarcity.

This Picture Reveals the Tragic Connection Between Cows and Drought, and Why Our Appetite for Cheese is to Blame

 

Of course, this tragic situation is not the cows’ fault. These gentle, sensitive animals never asked to be brought into existence for the express purpose of being used to satisfy self-centered human ends – in this instance, our addiction to milk, cheese, yogurt and other dairy products. There is no doubt that if we are serious about saving this planet and ensuring that it continues to sustain the lives of all beings who live upon it – both human and non-human – we need to make a change.

As the leading organization at the forefront of the conscious consumerism movement, it is One Green Planet’s view that our food choices have the power to heal our broken food system, give species a fighting chance for survival, and pave the way for a truly sustainable future. By choosing to eat more plant-based foods, you can drastically cut your carbon footprint, save precious water supplies and help ensure that vital crop resources are fed to people, rather than livestock.

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Image source: Jay Janner/The Statesman



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16 comments on “Why Our Appetite for Cheese is to Blame for the Tragic Connection Between Cows and Drought”

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Stephanie Hitchings
9 Months Ago

This is fantastic!


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Terry Harris
9 Months Ago

Thanks for posting this article Laurie..this info needs to get out there....of course some will "get it" ,some will be empathetic and some brainless idiots will scoff at it..what a pity


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Christopher Hedding
9 Months Ago

Who came up with this? Maybe it's more like too many people on the planet and changing climate through the centuries. The earth is not static it does change just not fast enough for us to see. In geological time we've only been here for a blink of an eye.


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Danielle Goddard
12 Feb 2016

There are 70 billion farm animals being raised compared to our 7 billion human population. The animal agriculture industry is destroying our planet.

Christopher Hedding
12 Feb 2016

So are people with their throw it away culture. Every look how much garbage people put in a landfill? And how much stuff is in your house and what you use everyday derived from animals? Oil products? Don't think these things pollute? Better step out of your box and take a look around. What a bout the chemicals sprayed on lawns in towns fertilizer put on lawns ,antifreeze dripping from engines, don't thinks these pollute? Better start thinking in bigger terms instead of just one thing . it usually is MORE than just one thing.

Bailey Grahsee
9 Months Ago


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Shelby June
9 Months Ago

Ashleigh Germano :(


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John Wright
9 Months Ago

I'm going to eat meat and dairy forever


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Pierre-Emmanuel Costa
10 Feb 2016

Been a dickhead is your absolute right

Matthew MacDuffie
10 Feb 2016

Pierre, brainwashing runs deep. Some people will never change. On the other hand, many are still open to the truth and to change. For those people we will keep hope alive. :)

Kasey Fox
10 Feb 2016

People who agree with this are not brainwashed my dear, we see the truth in whats really going on.

Glen Maser
10 Feb 2016

Enjoy your long painful death. You`re already decomposing inside you just don`t know it. Never seen how meats and all dairy products are really processed, have you?. No idea how many chemicals and poisons you ingest with each mouthful right?. You members of the public aren`t allowed in restricted areas of the processing plants. I guarantee if you ever witnessed it for yourself not only would you throw up but you would never eat a meat or dairy product again. As a chemical-haul trucker I`ve been in the restricted areas of the plants and what I saw with my own eyes was enough to convince me to stop meat and dairy from that day forward. But you go right on ahead ingesting Sodium Hydrochloride, Hydorchloric acid, Sulphuric acid, Aqueous ammonias, Bleach, and all the other goodies waiting. And let`s not forget Carbon Monoxide and multiple anti-biotics that were pumped into the animals on the farms too. Enjoy your Steak. :D

Jimmy Bedford
10 Feb 2016

The carnivorous majority of the gen pop remind me of a heavy smoker. Deep down they know what they are doing is damaging and stupid. They are presented with the consequences yet are too weak to make meaningful change. Unwilling to be inconvenienced and give up their transitory pleasures. So they mock and joke and scoff and deny reality until one day... BAM... CANCER. At least smokers have the excuse that nicotine is addictive...

Jimmy Bedford
10 Feb 2016

The carnivorous majority of the gen pop remind me of a heavy smoker. Deep down they know what they are doing is damaging and stupid. They are presented with the consequences yet are too weak to make meaningful change. Unwilling to be inconvenienced and give up their transitory pleasures. So they mock and joke and scoff and deny reality until one day... BAM... CANCER. At least smokers have the excuse that nicotine is addictive...

Amanda Lozano
9 Months Ago

Anthony Wayne Lozano


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9 Months Ago


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