Our current process of sustaining our dietary habits is harmful to both ourselves and our environment.
The Problem of Industrial Farming:
Industrial meat is raised in confined spaces, which not only causes them discomfort, it also causes pollution due to the sheer amount of excrement from the massive quantities of animals. The excrement produced includes methane gas, which has a 25 times greater impact on climate change than carbon dioxide and manure management accounts for 10% of the methane gas in our atmosphere.
In addition, animals consume far more water than plants. Not only do they have to drink water to stay alive and grow, but the plants they eat also require water. Livestock production, including milk, eggs, and meat, consumes 1/3 of the entire world’s fresh water. Massive industrial farming both depletes our water, causing drought, and pollutes our water systems. Too often, the waste gets washed down by rain to join local lakes, rivers, or oceans. Sometimes even polluting crops along the way due to diseases, which are more easily spread in areas of dense animal population.
Eating non-organic meat includes consuming all of the genetically modified organisms (GMOs) that the livestock eats to survive, all the hormones they were injected with, all the antibiotics they were treated with, along with all the stress hormones from the traumatic life they lived.
Eating Meat and Your Health:
A metadata analysis of 7,000 research studies on nutrition including millions of people, featured in the book, China Study, concluded that our animal protein intake is optimal at a maximum of 20% of our daily diet. Many people in the United States exceed this excessively with meat or meat by-products for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The over-consumption of meat correlates with many health problems including heart disease, diabetes, cancer, autoimmune disorders, and a wide range of other health problems that could be improved or prevented by eating more vegetation.
At Green-Places.org, we support organic food. Our mission to help people realize that the most important occupation to humanity is farming. Every human being needs food to survive. Our food quality has been compromised through the industrial farming practices.
When organic is not an option, we encourage people to protest the grotesque conditions of non-organic meat production by opting to eat vegan food instead. By refusing to fund these practices, change will be inevitable. Make a pledge today to stop supporting abusive farming practices, by eating consciously and giving your support to organic farmers.