The Effects Of Animal Farming

Decent Essays
Global warming has been a big issue in the world today. Many speakers on the topic have their own ideas on how to stop or further prevent the global temperature fluctuations. One topic has been overlooked by many on why the Earth is dying: animal agriculture. Though many people will not want to accept the simple fact that animal farming is destroying the world, evidence shows that people can halt the destruction. Greenhouse gases, land control, and human causation are all major factors towards animal agriculture 's effects towards the planet. The entire human population should limit their animal product consumption to keep the Earth prosperous. To begin, eighteen percent of all greenhouse gas emissions come from animal agriculture alone. …show more content…
Four-hundred and fourteen billion dollars are put towards the animal agriculture business today. While given the mindset that humans are omnivorous, a person who follows a vegan diet uses 1/11th oil, 1/13th water, 1/18th land, and produces fifty percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. (Wilson, Lindsey. “The Carbon Footprint of 5 diets Compared.”) When making the switch to veganism, a person will save 1,100 gallon of water, forty-five pounds of grain, thirty square feet of land, twenty pounds of carbon dioxide, and one animal 's life per day. If the human population knew what was in the food that they were eating, they would think twice about putting it in their bodies. From a post in the 2009 report by the FDA, around eighty percent of antibiotics are used for livestock in the United States. This can be an issue for meat eaters because antibiotic resistance may build up giving them no protection against potential diseases that could otherwise be stopped. The image around the world is that not enough food is produced for everyone, while in reality, the amount of food we produce is enough for around ten billion people. The entire population has been floating around seven billion for the past few years. While this food can be produced for more people, the big companies that own farming businesses are taking most of the grain and feeding it to cows. Worldwide, fifty percent of grain is fed to livestock alone. (Shah, Anup. “Beef.” 22 August 2010) Over eighty percent of starving children living in the countries where these animals are fed, do not get to consume any of the benefits. This meat is sent to Western countries where they can eat it and sell it to others in the area. Animal products have contributed a great amount of harm to the Earth’s land and natural resources and when more people make the switch to a vegan diet, instant positive effects will be

Related Documents

  • Decent Essays

    If animal agriculture had this much of an impact over one hundred and seventy years ago, imagine the magnitude of impact it is having today. To provide land for the livestock, feed crops, slaughterhouses, and grazing fields, animal agriculture uses nearly seventeen million square miles of land. That’s about thirty percent of the earth’s land mass. Twenty-six percent of all ice-free land, seventy percent of all farming land, and thirty percent of all plant land surface is dedicated to animal agriculture. Vegetarian diets only require a portion of the thirty-three percent of farming land that animal agriculture uses, since one acre of plants can feed more humans than it can animals.…

    • 1230 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    A vegetarian diet take 3 times as much land which is 3/16 but to eat the way we do with meat,dairy and eggs it takes 18 times more land. This is because you can produce 37,000 lbs of vegetables on 1 1/2 acres, and only 375 lbs of meat on that same amount of land. If you switched to a complete vegan diet you could save 1100 gallons of water, 45lbs of grain, 30 sq. ft of forest, ten pounds of co2 and 1 animal’s life per…

    • 772 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    We’ve all heard moral arguments regarding vegetarianism time and time again, but now it is much more then that. All over the media scientists are arguing about the declining state of our planet, and many conclude that this is due to humans. With populations rising, the world is beginning to panic about our effect on the environment and what we can do to reverse our damage. A report published by the United Nations titled Livestock’s Long Shadow, concludes that livestock emerges as one of the top contributors of some of the most significant and serious environmental issues, “locally and globally” ( Steinfeld 283). We should significantly decrease the production of meat because it wastes grain, wastes water, and produces methane.…

    • 1255 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Factory Farming Essay

    • 1371 Words
    • 6 Pages

    Nearly three thousand gallons of water is needed to create only one pound of beef and nearly 27 pounds of grain a day per cow. We feed grains that are rich in clean, natural protein to artificially bred animals to satisfy the already over fed, over populated nation while at the same time millions of people are dying of starvation. This is no longer a logical (or sane) plan. We must find a solution, and we must do it quickly or we will soon face the consequences. It’s time we phase out animal agriculture.…

    • 1371 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Benefits Of Vegetarianism

    • 804 Words
    • 4 Pages

    “Vast quantities of fresh produce grown in the US are left in the field to rot, fed to livestock or hauled directly from the field to landfill.” (Goldenberg) It is true that much of the produce grown is thrown away in landfills which can cause problems but food is the number one source of trash in landfills which includes meats as well. By going vegetarian we can tackle the food waste problem by having a significant decrease of meat thrown away. Even with that, it is still much more helpful to the earth if you become a vegetarian. “Raising animals for food produces 51 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions each year.” (Rajt) This contributes to global warming and is very harmful to the earth. By going vegetarian we can decrease that number significantly because we won’t be eating any meat.…

    • 804 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Veganism Vs Vegetarianism

    • 991 Words
    • 4 Pages

    This kind of lifestyle also can’t work in all parts of the world without added cost (Nandi). Raising beef is also necessary to achieve the most efficient way to produce food due to land availability. Eighty-five percent of all US grazing land is impossible to grow crops on (Vegetarian). If everyone eats grown crops then this land will go to waste and further the world hunger crisis. Even though vegetarians argue that they are reducing their environmental footprint, there are several reasons why this is not true.…

    • 991 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Veganism

    • 996 Words
    • 4 Pages

    A vegan diet could aid in ending world hunger. If more people converted to a vegan diet, then fewer animal byproducts would need to be produced. The resources necessary to sustain the meat industry could instead by used to feed starving and malnourished individuals around the world. It requires ten pounds of plant protein to produce one pound of consumable beef (Fiala). If a fraction of this plant protein was diverted from the meat industry, then millions of individuals could be fed, and it would be a step towards ending world hunger (Segelken).…

    • 996 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Vegetarianism Benefits

    • 1421 Words
    • 6 Pages

    Consequently, vegetarians and vegans live, on average, 6 to 10 years longer than meat-eaters. In the same way, a vegetarian diet reduces pollution in the land and waters. Modern factory farms are sprayed with herbicides and pesticides to grow grains to feed cattle which destroys topsoil and leak into the ground and nearby streams and rivers. Over 4 million acres of cropland are lost to erosion every year due to plundering farmlands to fatten animals for slaughter. High contents of toxic chemicals are regularly found in fish in many lakes, rivers, and…

    • 1421 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    There is no way that the earth could efficiently sustain that kind of meat production. I believe that the best solution is for humans to drastically cut back on their animal 's product intake to a couple of ounces a week. That is not just meat but also milk, cheese, and everything else that we get through animals. Then all the meat and animals that we do still eat would be raised organically. This was the animals and the humans and the earth is all happy.…

    • 1637 Words
    • 7 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    In the United States, 40 percent of all food is uneaten (B). This amounts to about 197.7 billion dollars spent every year on food that is never eaten (B). That is an incredible amount of money that could be used on other things like funding education or researching cures for disease. The majority of food that is wasted is wasted at the consumer level. Consumers are responsible for wasting twenty one percent of all food produced while ten percent of all food produced is wasted by farms and retailers.…

    • 1000 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Decent Essays