Animal Agriculture And Factory Farming Essay

2092 Words Nov 15th, 2016 9 Pages
Growing up I remember my teachers preaching about how we need to take care of our environment. In order to reduce your carbon footprint, they would say “take shorter showers, shut the lights off, and instead of having your parents drive you to a friend’s house, walk.” I always listened to this advice, trying to be as green as I possibly could. Last year I watched an eye opening documentary about our current climate and environmental crisis; however, the documentary didn’t focus on how we drove, if we left the lights, on or if our shower was too long. The documentary focused on what we eat, specifically factory farmed livestock, also known as animal agriculture or factory farming, and how it impacts our environment. Research has shown that animal agriculture and factory farming is destructive to animals, humans, and the environment; in order to help the environmental crisis, a reduction in animal consumption is necessary. The main greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) are carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), and nitrous oxide (N2O) (Koneswaran and Nierenberg 578). The problem is that whenever people talk about emissions they only talk about carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide hurts the environment; however, methane and nitrous oxide are “both extremely potent GHGs” (Koneswaran and Nierenberg 578). In fact, these two have greater global warming potentials (GWPs) than the carbon dioxide (Koneswaran and Nierenberg 578). Koneswaran and Nierenberg found that “By assigning CO2 a value of 1…

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