Going veganism could save our planet!

by mirufdd on April 2, 2018 - 5:13pm

In his article, author George C. Wang rises the topic of veganism and its relation to the environment. For the last few years, veganism and different “untraditional” diets have been on the rise for different reasons and one of them is the impact of meat consumption on the climate change. The production of meat is way higher than the production of legumes which leads to greenhouse emissions and the degradation of our environment. According to a study published in Nature,80% of increase in greenhouse gasses can be avoid by 2050 if we change our diet. While a pescetarian (eating fish) and Mediterranean (less animal consumption) would reduce in small scale, the best way of eating would be like a vegetarian (no meat consumption at all) as it brings the best results. Moreover, the vegan or even better, the plant-based diet is the best way an individual can choose for the environment well-being. By consuming meat, we encourage many degradation of our resources and of our environment. We have many countries in the world who do not have enough food to nourish its population but 35% of grains is given to animals so they can eat. Furthermore, 80% of the deforestation of the amazon is caused by the cattle-raising. Finally, the production of animals played a role in the global biodiversity crisis. Seeing these impacts the production of meat creates why do we continue to eat animal products? If choosing what we eat could lead to the improvement of our planet, we need to pick a better diet. 

In my opinion, we have the chance to play a big role in the climate change just in the way we eat that it is stupid to not make at least an effort. However, I do believe that it is hard to make this big of a transition mainly because it is still considering “uncommon” to not eat meat. On the other hand, I am very proud to say that I have noticed a huge improval. We accept more and more the fact that we don’t need meat to fulfill our needs. There are more opinions for the vegans like in groceries or in restaurant. In conclusion, I wish the population will realize that we can play such an important world in the future of our children because we need the help of everyone to fight such a huge issue. 

Source:  https://www.cnn.com/2017/04/08/opinions/go-vegan-save-the-planet-wang/index.html

Comments

I am choosing to comment on your summary because as of late, debate on dietary lifestyles have taken the forefront of economic and environmental talks, and this makes it of interest to me. With so many signs of climate change worsening due to excessive green house gas pollution, the world has been increasing its efforts to reduce its pollution, and yet most efforts are mainly geared towards sources such as industrial production and automobile. As your article points out, much of these carbon emissions we are trying to reduce actually come from the meat production industry. As author Bryan Walsh from the Times writes, over 40 % of the planets land real estate is currently being used to provide sustenance for the 7 billion humans relying on it (2013). Not only that, however, but of that 40 %, the majority is not used to produce grain and vegetables, but rather to raise and prepare the cattle, chicken and pigs we consume (Walsh, 2013). According to PETA, over 51 % of global green house gas emissions are the result of animal agriculture. These all go to support the point you outlined, that to save our planet from climate change, we must change our diets. Extreme veganism might not need to be the immediate course of action, but at the very least, reducing meat intake in exchange for fish and dairy.

Bibliography:

“Meat and the Environment.” PETA, www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-food/meat-environment/.

Walsh, Bryan. “The Triple Whopper Environmental Impact of Global Meat Production.” Time, Time, 16 Dec. 2013, science.time.com/2013/12/16/the-triple-whopper-environmental-impact-of-global-meat-production/.

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