The meat industry: Many Reasons to become Vegan.
I´ve just finished 5 posts on different aspects of the meat industry and why it is a bad thing. There are three main aspects, making the meat industry a negative thing and those are:
The environmental impact, impacts on our health and the suffering of animals.
The environmental impact
The meat industry uses massive amounts of water both to feed the animals and for sanitary purposes. Soils go depleted 15 times faster if used for cattle farming, compared to growing crops. We cut down the amazonian rainforest to make room for more cattle, the meat of which is then exported to both US and EU!
Lipids(fat) & Cancer risks
We are not carnivores, we are omnivores and can handle some meat from time to time. But when consuming meat at the level of US / EU citizens, we endanger our health. Animals produce many of the same metabolites as humans, causing us to reduce our own metabolism of certain fats and build up fat in the blood & around organs. When we eat sugar as well, we metabolite very little fat and the bad fats we get increased levels of, are directly involved in tumor metabolism. Carnivores like wolves, have much larger livers and lower stomach pH to handle meat digestion.
The meat we can buy in regular supermarkets at low prices are containing different toxins. To mention a few, animals are fed glyphosate, arsenic and hormones that can pass to meat and dairy products. Both glyphosate and arsenic is carcinogenic and should not be consumed at all. Meat is treated with different chemicals, enzymes and colored with carbon monoxide, a poisonous gas.
Antibiotics & Bacteria
Studies of packed chicken meat found e.coli in 53% of the tested meat, 9 % which of where immune to some antibiotics. This is a rising problem, antibiotic resistant bacteria and all the pre emptive usage of antibiotics in the meat industry. There are even antibiotics to promote growth, and milk production in dairy cows.
The industrialization of farming, Animal suffering
A very important aspect to never forget is the suffering animals we turn a blind eye to. Animals are not industry products and should live in their natural environment alongside their likes. Both living conditions, transports and slaughtering must be improved, we can let animals suffer for our taste buds, it is immoral!
Try a vegan life
As you can see, there are numerous reasons to go vegan, or simply not support the meat and dairy industry. The consumers must set higher demands on quality of products and animal life quality as well. Companies and corporations will not care about human & animal well being so we have to demand the change ourselves.