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Veganism and the Environment

Submitted by Vincenzo Desroches

A healthy environment starts with individual choices

Howard Lyman the American organic farmer and animal welfare activist from Great Falls, Montana said: To consider yourself an environmentalist and still eat meat is like saying you're a philanthropist who doesn't give to charity. Eating is a natural and basic act of nourishment, as well as survival. What we eat is based on what we believe about health, nutrition and wellness. Sitting down to eat a meal filled with animal agriculture is learned behavior, which seems healthy, accepted, and nutritional by some standards, but those standards may be fragments of truth, that help serve the economic well being of an industry, or a nation. It doesn’t take much to realize that animal agriculture plays a devastating role in environmental issues; the inefficiency of producing food from animals is obvious. The natural products used to feed farm animals requires water, fertilizer, land and other resources, which could be used directly to produce human food.  

Dr. E. M. Ensminger, the first president of the American Society of Agricultural Consultants, and a man who devoted his life to promoting environmental awareness, explains what a vegan diet can do for our environment, as well as for world hunger: About 2,000 pounds of grains must be supplied to livestock in order to produce enough meat and other livestock products to support a person for a year, whereas 400 pounds of grain eaten directly will support a person for a year. Thus, a given quantity of grain eaten directly will feed 5 times as many people as it will if it is eaten indirectly by humans in the form of livestock products. In order to produce enough grain, animal agriculture is dependent on high yields. There is more topsoil erosion on farming land, which means crop cultivation productivity suffers. In order to keep up with the demand, more wildernesses must be converted to animal agriculture farmland. Trees and plant life, which help control Co2 emissions are cut down, and may not even be reused in an environmentally useful way.

 Pollution is a major by-product from animal agriculture

It is a proven fact that animal waste from factory farms and large feedlots creates an enormous amount of pollution in our rivers and groundwater. A United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization report points out that animal agriculture contributes to other environmental problems like drinking water contamination from manure, fertilizers and pesticides. The same report also mentions that animal agriculture increases acid rain from ammonia emissions, plus there’s an increase in greenhouse gas production, along with a reduction of aquifers for irrigation.

Our soil and aquatic ecosystems are suffering and are in danger of not providing us with the essential vitamins, proteins, amino acids, and other minerals that help us maintain a healthy lifestyle. That’s due to our inability to recognize that our environment is an outward expression of our thoughts and actions. A United Nations report claims that a pure vegetarian diet could fed over 6.3 billion people a year; 4.2 billion people could be fed every year if 85% of the population ate vegan, and if only 75% were vegetarian instead of animal eaters, 3.2 billion people would eat regularly. A vegan diet is not as radical as some might believe. Some vegetarians allow themselves the luxury of animal crackers now and then, and they enjoy them in a very environment friendly way. 

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