More than 1,000 activists have been killed for talking about animal agriculture since 1995. Among them, Dorothy Stang a woman who has devoted her life to protecting Brazil’s rainforest and its people. In 2005, Dorothy was murdered by a hired killer in the cattle industry.
“Livestock is one of the biggest contributors to today’s most serious environmental problems,” said UN official Henning Steinfeld, official for food and agriculture. “Urgent action is needed to remedy the situation. “.
Livestock for food consumption uses 30% of the world’s water, 45% of the world’s land, and is responsible for 91% of the destruction of the rainforest. Among these shocking figures, animal agriculture is also the main cause of dead areas of the oceans, the main cause of habitat destruction and the main cause of extinction of species.
Fracking of natural gas has long been considered the main cause of water use and pollution because it consumes 380 billion liters of water per year. Yet, compared to animal agriculture, there is no comparison possible. In the United States alone, 34 billion liters of water are used per year.
This means that 5000 liters of water are needed to produce only 1 kg of beef.
Animal agriculture produces 65% of the world’s nitrous oxide (a gas with a global warming potential 296x greater than that of carbon dioxide) and it is estimated that by 2050 this industry will increase by 80%, while the demand for meat and dairy products continues to grow. At this rate of growth, it is estimated that the rainforest will have completely disappeared within 10 years.
According to two environmental experts in a 2009 World Watch report, animal agriculture is responsible for 51% of all greenhouse gas emissions, while the transport sector is only 13%. However the figure of 51% is surely overvalued:
This famous 51% comes from a study published by the Worldwatch Institute. The article has not been peer-reviewed and therefore has no scientific validity. The results of this study have also been taken up by the popular documentary Cowspiracy, which is a hit on Netflix, and it is probably why we find here this figure.
In fact, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), 14% of GHG emissions are attributable to agriculture, livestock and plants combined. This is far behind energy production (26%), and below heavy industry (19%) and forestry (17%). (source)
But then why does not anyone talk about this?
We can no longer rely on our environmental organizations. Those groups that are supposed to save the world do not act. That should be the main goal and yet when you go to their websites, you can not find anything on agriculture. Why? Because these organizations are like corporations, and profit is their motivation.
13% of greenhouse gases come from transportation and 51% from animal husbandry
1500 years ago, animals roamed freely, accounting for 99% of biodiversity and humans were only 1%. Today, only 2% of animals roam free on land and humans account for 98% of biodiversity.
It is time to wake up and realize that raising and slaughtering animals for food is precisely what kills the planet. It’s time to make a global change. We are in the midst of the largest mass extinction of species since 65 million years. We must change, we must evolve.
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