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Saving the planet -

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Reducing Greenhouse Gases

Meat production requires 10 to 20 times more energy per edible ton than grain production. This includes growing the crops to feed the animals, processing the feed, housing the animals in unnatural conditions, transporting them to the slaughterhouse and the actual slaughtering. The slaughtering process alone is intensive in its use of water and energy. Animal products also require more energy for packaging, refrigeration and transportation, whereas many vegetables and fruit require no packaging or refrigeration. The energy generated for the entire production system comes mostly from burning fossil fuels that contributes to pollution and global warming.

Also, livestock emit vast quantities of methane, a greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming. A vegetarian diet can save 1.5 tonnes of greenhouse gases per person per year.

Reducing Land Use

A meat based diet requires seven times more land than a plant based one. Much of the land that is used for grazing was once wild grassland or forest, supporting a variety of wild species. Using the land for grazing farm animals also leads to soil degradation that otherwise would not have occurred.

Using Plants Efficiently

To produce 1 lb. of meat requires 3.5-8.5 lb. (1.6-3.8 kg) of plant food (ratios vary with the type of animal.)

Eliminating Pollution from Animal Waste

Cattle produce 40 lb. of manure for every lb. of edible beef. This waste must be disposed of. Animal waste can seep into water systems can cause Ecoli, nitrogen, phosphorous, nitrate pollution. Canadians will remember a small town in Ontario where seven people died and many more were made sick when Ecoli contaminated the town's drinking water.

Saving the Oceans

Commercial fishing has had a devastating effect on marine ecosystems, not only depleting fish stocks, but ravaging the environment for other marine life. Marine mammals such as whales and dolphins are sometimes caught in nets and drown. Other fish species that are not useful to the fishers also die. Fish farms, developed to supplement dwindling fish stocks, raise fish in underwater cages in high densities. The water is contaminated with drugs and feces that pollute the adjacent waters. Fish that escape can spread disease to wild stock. From an animal rights perspective, fishing is one of the cruelest ways that animals are killed. The fish suffocate or are crushed to death. A fish flopping around in a net or hold of a boat is literally gasping for air.

References and further reading on the environmental impact of an omnivorous diet:

Livestock a major threat to environment
Vegetarianism and the Environment - PETA
For the Environment - UK Vegetarian Society
How Food Choices can Help Save the Environment - Earthsave International
"Meat production's environmental toll" , a paper presented by Stephen Leckie at the 1997 International Conference on Sustainable Urban Food Systems, held at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada,
"Diet for a Small Planet" a book by Frances Mooore Lappé, Ballantine Books