Environmental Destruction Essay

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Register to read the introduction… Cows are also given high doses of hormones to make sure they produce milk. Many times their udders get infected and the pus gets mixed in with the milk that is shipped off for us to drink (Sclosser, 2001). To top it all off, “seventy-five percent of cows in the United States were fed live stock waste (Why Become Vegan?, 2012),” such as dead cattle and sheep. They were also fed dead dogs and cats purchased from animal shelters. The practice of feeding dead domesticated animals was stopped in 1997, when Mad Cow Disease surfaced. Currently, the United States Food and Drug Administration allow deceased pigs, horses, and poultry to be fed to cattle. Feeding dead cattle to poultry is also allowed (Why Become Vegan?, 2012). While cattle is over fed and produced to keep consumer cost down, what are the true costs raising cattle? What are the effects on our environment and our health when we focus on beef …show more content…
As of 2006, approximately thirty percent of the worlds’ land was being utilized to raise livestock (Robbins, 2002). Approximately thirty-three percent is used to produce the corn and other feeds for cows. New pastures are created by clearing out forests. Approximately seventy percent of the Amazon cleared for grazing (Robbins, 2002). Overgrazing strips our soil of nutrients. Cattle-raising greatly contributes to global warming as well. Massive amounts of pollution caused by the methane found in the natural passing of gas by cow and in their excrement highly contribute to pollution in our air and water supply.
Our fresh water supply is not a renewable source and water shortage is also an enormous concern. The cattle business contributes the deterioration of coral reefs. Animal excrements, hormones, antibiotics, and chemical pesticides, and fertilizers are major polluting cause. Widespread overgrazing disturbs water cycles, reducing replenishment of above and below ground water resources. Considerable amounts of water are used for the manufacturing feed. With the amount of damage caused to our ecosystem through cattle and livestock production, our health is also a large
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Lesser demand means lesser production which would allow the earth to heal. Twenty-five gallons of water produces one pound of wheat. A shocking 25,000 gallons of water is required to produce one single pound of meat (Shah, Beef, 2010). This means that if our demand was lessened then our resources, such as water, will not be depleted as quickly. Our soil and forests would be able to flourish with nutrients and wild life once again, and our air would be cleaner free of much methane and other chemicals. If we came together and demanded that the Food and Drug Administration do their job and focus on appropriate handling of animals, then that in itself would help manage disease. Disease is caused by the filth and poor living conditions livestock is made to endure in factory farming practices. Lowering consumption would also lower cancer, diabetes, and other

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