Meat consumption versus our environment.
Bhishma said: "That man who wishes to increase his own flesh by the meat of another
living creature is such that there is none meaner and more cruel than he.
Greetings friends, I fear that there are many aspects of the meat industry that the common newsreader are not aware of, so I feel obliged to share some facts or rather THE facts that concern me the most.
The time has come to stop eating beef and decrease meat consumption overall, and this is my contribution. This is the first of three posts, covering different aspects of the meat industry and meat consumption in general.
This first post focuses on the environmental damage that the meat industry causes. Devastation of rainforests, soil erosion, methane & CO2 emissions, water and air pollution along with the injustices that comes with the problems at hand. These are all direct consequences we put our planet and fellow humans through in order to eat meat, which is not even healthy, especially in the amounts we eat in America / Europe.
Geographical overview of where meat is consumed, America consumes well over 100 kg / person and year.
According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), “The world is moving towards increasing problems of freshwater shortage, scarcity and depletion…” (Steinfeld et al. 2006, xxii). By the year 2025, the FAO estimates that 64% of the world’s population may live in “water-stressed” basins, And by 2050 the number of individuals living in severely stressed water basins is projected to rise from 1.5 billion to 3 to 5 billion (Houghton 2009, 193).
I am 100% sure that you all know that clean and drinkable water is of paramount importance when it comes to the survival of humanity, as for all other known species. Water shortages have been felt in "rich zones" like Texas and California, and perhaps of even more dire consequences, water supplies in China, the world's number one pork producers, is going low. What are we doing about this ?
Well sadly nothing, meat consumption has increased steadily over the last 100 years. It has probably increased for the last 10000 years, but that is a problem for next part, regarding our health as herbivores. One thought, how can India be the biggest cattle farmers ? while so many have no clean water to drink ?
Global meat production has increased rapidly over the past 50 years - as seen above, total production has grown 4-5 fold since 1961. But the meat consumption in pic 1, shows that the regions that has grown its meat production the most, has not grown its consumption. The meat is just exported to rich countries like America and France. Europe actually reduced its meat production since 1980, but not consumption They are cleaning their own house and wasting the water and forests of China, India, Brazil amongst others, instead of their own lands.
Now you might ask, what does water usage / spoilage have to do with the meat industry?
Water is used for growing food for the cattle, the cattle drinks water and loads of water are used to keep the farms sanitary which leads to high production of sewage water.
Clearly it is correlated, since the amounts of water needed to produce beef is notoriously high. There is a decreasing trend towards smaller animals then diary and lastly the vegetables / grains. Rise production actually have high impact on C02 emission and water usage, so mixing the carbohydrate sources well can also have a small climate impact, if you eat mostly rice as it is, I sure did a few years back!
This is not my estimate but if it´s is somewhat accurate, the numbers look dire, 43000 liters / kg beef versus 700 liters / kg apples. Americans consume about 0.3 kg meat a day 2018, if it is all beef, that will cost us 43000*0.3 = 12900 liters per day. This sure makes the amounts many can´t get a hold of for consumption, to survive, look like nothing. Perhaps there are better ways to use the water? just a thought or idea rather....
Deforestation, land usage and soil erosion.
Did you know that Amazonas rainforests is being cut down to make way for beef cattle ? The meat of which will be sold to USA & even Europe ?
Did you know that the biggest cause of soil erosion, which leaves land areal unusable for farming, stems from the meat industry ?
Did you know that the most common use of farmland is meat production and in second place...food for the meat industry...and last and sadly least crops for human consumption ?
(Steinfeld et al. 2006,xxi, 5, and 271–72)
Ever heard that 90% of American soils are being depleted 10-15 times faster than the natural rate of replenish ?
(Pimentel and Pimentel 2003, 662s)
For millennia, agricultural production has been the driving force behind what is euphemistically referred to as “land conversion.” As the human population races toward an estimated nine billion people by midcentury,
the dimensions of this “conversion” are massive. Nearly a third of the Earth’s land surface has already been cleared to make way for a global farm and the rate of clearing is accelerating (Steinfeld et al. 2006, xxi, 5, and 271–72).
Though few people connect the steak on their plate to deforestation in the Amazon, the link is now undeniable. “In the Amazon, cattle ranching is now the primary reason for deforestation” (Steinfeld et al. 2006, 272). Indeed, the ever-expanding demand for beef is the single greatest contributor to deforestation worldwide.
A third of all available land area have been converted, and the rate is growing. Cattle are the main reason for deforestation of Amazonas, but many Brazilians are poor? Why are they not growing crops ?
Well meat is expensive and makes a lot of money to the landowners, the American / international corporations owning these farms. So it actually increases starvation to produce all this beef, as well as changes the country to an infertile one, not able to sustain crops in the future would we like to or not.
Methane CO2 and transports
Did you know The meat industry has bigger climate effect then EXXON or SHELL ?
Did you know that producing beef needs almost 30 times more land area then pork or chicken ?
The picture and link above is from the article "giving up beef reduce carbon footprint more than cars" which is an interesting thing to consider, a car, with median usage, versus your median daily meat intake.
I did not know, prior to writing this that a few actors in the meat industry causes as much GHG(greenhouse gas) emissions as EXXON or that quitting beef reduces my GHG(greenhouse gas) imprint more then selling my car. 15% of all GHGs come from the meat industry and is comparable with all vehicles in the world.
did you know that three meat companies – JBS, Cargill and Tyson – are estimated to have emitted more greenhouse gases last year than all of France and nearly as much as some of the biggest oil companies like Exxon, BP and Shell ?
The average person needs around 50 grams of protein per day, but the report shows that getting this protein from soy products instead of beef could reduce daily carbon emissions by 12.16kg of CO2, the equivalent of 5 litres of petrol.
Others starve, while we get fat
I have decided to keep this part short, 1 Image that pretty much says it all, along with a few quick facts, or it will turn into a political theses pretty fast, and this is only science, nothing else.
This statistics says it all, if the humanity would adapt USA´s meat consumption, 140% of the planet would be needed to harbor those animals, that´s 1.4 planet earths. Would we instead adapt the mean consumption of india, we would only need around 20-25% of the earth, and today we use 50%. We could free up 50% of our already used land for animals, to grow crops for humanity, this would more then be enough to feed a few more billion humans and save what we have left of our nature from being converted into cattle plains.
Immunity is spreading among bacteria and humans
There are many bacteria with antibiotic resistance out there and more spawning from the meat industry from time to time due to excessive use of antibiotics. The usage of antibiotics have gone to far and every animal, and consequently the meat we eat, are full of it.
I tested my own bacteria from my nostrils, Staphylococcus Aureus to name one, and found clear immunity to all four different antibiotics medium tested, strongest immunity was versus ampicillin, Amp.
First we have multi resistant strains spreading from e.g. swine farms, which are hard to fight with antibiotics, but some compounds like colistin still works on gram negative strains. I will show that there are plasmids with immunity for colistin spreading in already multi resistant strains, make the bacteria almost unstoppable without UV radiation or high dose concentration chemicals like chlorine, which off course can´t be used for treatments....
The World Health Organization (WHO) has identified the emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance in bacteria as a major public health concern
For example, a previous study performed in the European Union revealed that the worldwide antibiotic consumption in pig production accounts for 60% of all antibiotics used in animals. As a consequence, many countries have reported the occurrence of multidrug-resistant bacteria in swine waste , suggesting that such material is a serious threat to the environment.
This study tested E.coli content and immunity in different steps in a swine farm wastewater treatment plant, and concluded that the wastewater indeed could spread the immunity to the aquatic environments where the water is deposited.
The immunity arising in the swine industry is clear, and the evidence of emission of multi resistant strains are there. When both WHO and EPA is worried, then you know something is wrong.
Genetic analysis of the mcr-1 gene was performed by PCR and in silico. The insertion sequence ISApl1, upstream of the mcr-1 gene, was identified by PCR (ISApl1-F 5=-TGATGAGTACTTCCTACCGACA-3= and CLR5-R ). Analysis of the genome with PHAST (11) confirmed the presence of the ISApl1-mcr-1 genes in the 49,379-bp prophage, which is part of the 100-kb pRC2-007 plasmid.
This plasmid induced gene, mcr-1, gives colistin resistance and was first found in China. This study, cited above, isolated a sample in Mexico and verified that the E.coli in a male swine indeed carries the mrc-1 gene. Colistin is a last resort method versus multiresistant bacteria and this gene is of great concern to our health and spreads via plasmids, bacteria to bacteria as easily as we send an email.
We have multi resistant strains being emitted into many different aquatic environments and to the sewage systems. We also know that China and Mexico among others, emit the mrc-1 gene, making last resort colistin use pointless. These environments make up danger zones for human health should the bacteria spread. Animals can spread the bacteria and the risks are only growing every passing day that we bring up animals for meat in these horrible conditions.
Think we are safe in Europe and USA? no...
Antimicrobial resistance is a global threat to livestock, human and environmental health. Although resistant bacteria have been detected in wildlife, their role in the epidemiology of antimicrobial resistance is not clear.
This study used raccoons, and showed clear results when it comes to carrying and spreading multi resistant bacterial strains.
Wildlife in Ontario carries multi resistant strains, water pollution anyone ?
Both farmers and volunteers have been "infected" with bacterial immunity.
Carriage of animal-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) clonal complex 398 (CC398) is common among pig farmers
Common among pig farmers! This looks relay bad, resistance is spreading in humans, multi resistant strains are becoming more and more resistant(to increasing number of compounds) and aquatic environments harbor more and more of these bacteria, making the risk of spreading ever higher via both animals and humans directly.
MRSA is immune to all common types of antibiotics, and must be treated intravenous which comes with severe side effects. Vancomycin is commonly used for this procedure, but now Vancomycin resistant MRSA is surfacing, and this is prove to me that we have already failed. The bacteria will NOT be stopped by antibiotics so creating pools of bacteria around the world, along with antibiotics is only speeding up our doom, not killing the bacteria obviously! This is like using water on Napalm, almost ^^
There are naturally resistant strains as well, one found in the article above is immune to 70% of known antibiotics. We should be careful or we will soon have 100% resistant strains, since bacteria clearly is capable of developing resistance. After millions of years of chemical warfare against other bacteria over nutrition, they have become very proficient at adapting to chemical dangers, prior to going extinct.
We slay ~2.7 trillion fish and ~70 billion land animals each year, at minimal , so we truly live in the shadow of a gigantic meat industry, eating away on our food, wasting our water and depleting our soils while emitting as much GHG as the entire fleet of vehicles on earth.
Knowing all these facts made me go vegan instantly I just could no longer support this industry. We act as a virus for this planet, eating away on our host and letting the peripheral units starve.
I would advise you to try stop eating meat for the sake of your children and this very planets health, or at least consume less meat, once or twice a week for starting! Or soon bacteria immune to all treatments will spread throughout humanity if not the food chain collapses first.
For all of us that have children or are planning to soon have children, how can you consume meat? Knowing that your children will have no water, no clean air, no soils to farm and no forests to visit? Are we that ignorant, that we consume away and destroy that which we will let our children inherit ?
We must start being responsible, and if you don't feel moved by what is happening to our earth, the next post in this 3 part series will focus on YOUR health, and how you simultaneously kill yourself with the planet. If that won´t do it either, the last part will focus on animal rights, animal suffering due to uneducated experiments and lack of veterinarians in the industry. NOTHING makes me more aggravated and sad, then to see the total lack of empathy towards the tortured and suffering animals, it is inhumane, immoral and plain sadistic.
Here are two great projects, even if they might be using numbers on the high end of the scale, they are very eye opening.
On the first site, above, you can see in real time how many animals and of which kind that is killed every second! The site also contains great links to documentaries as well as books.
The second link, above, calculates how much you save by going vegan. I put in my own stats, 5 years of veganism and this is what I have saved:
What the.. Camels, donkeys, horses,goats and RODENTS, what are we even eating?
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 Meat and Seafood Production & Consumption by Hannah Ritchie and Max Roser. 2017, Aug. https://ourworldindata.org/meat-and-seafood-production-consumption
Standing in Livestock’s‘Long Shadow’The Ethics of Eating Meat on a Small Planet Brian G. Henning.URL