A Brief Note On Vegetarianism And The Environment Essay

1843 Words Apr 30th, 2016 8 Pages
I. Vegetarianism and the Environment First off, there is no guaranteed diet that is best for the environment. Some people who switch to vegetarianism as a way to fix the world, but others realized restricted diets aren’t the answer. Meat eaters do, however fuel the factory farming business. Factory farming does destroy; it destroys prairies, forests, soil, and animals. Overgrazing is destroying arable land more and more each day (ProCon.org 3). Around 85% of all grazing land cannot be farmed (ProCon.org 3). While the meat industry is destroying the environment, vegetarians are not innocent either (ProCon.org 3). Vegetarians do contribute to destruction, and Lierre Keith is very passionate about bringing that to attention when she says, “When the rain forest falls to beef, progressives are outraged and ready to boycott. But our attachment to the vegetarian myth leaves us uneasy, silent, and immobilized when the culprit is wheat and the victim is prarie.” (2). The prairies are not the only victim (Keith 2). While 98% of America’s prairies are gone, 99% of Canada’s humus farmland has been destroyed (Keith 2).
Pollution is another reason that people turn to vegetarianism. The production of edible meat contributes to air pollution, and the raising of cattle in confinement contributes to water pollution (vegetariantimes.org 2). These controlled agricultural activities, like confined animal facilitation, plowing, pesticides, irrigation, fertilizing, and harvesting, contribute to…

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