The meat, the environment and your health

Our love for meat is killing us, literally and in various ways. Meat production as is currently done (and as will have to continue doing if we maintain our current level of consumption) contributes to deforestation, global warming, pollution and the development of several dangerous diseases.

Unlike foods derived from plants, animal products contain cholesterol and saturated fats, both of which contribute to obesity, diabetes, cancer and heart problems. Meat is a very efficient source of energy, ie, little meat contains many bioavailable calories. Over time humans have been giving preference to the most efficient foods such as sugar, meat and processed grains because we are made tastier. At the same time, we have attempted to reduce the amount of body work we have to do. As a result, we are flooding our bodies with energy that we need.

Factory farms treat meat production as a business in which the main objective is to reduce costs and increase profits. This leads to several dangerous practices.

A practice that is already banned in many countries is to include animal meal (of inedible parts) in the same animal food. This practice results in the disease commonly known as mad cow disease (bovine spongiform encephalopathy). Unfortunately this practice is still used in some places.

The high concentration of animals in a small space creates an environment conducive to the spontaneous development of new diseases such as H1N1, which originated precisely in a pig farm and came to spread throughout the world in less than a week environment;. More »

Another particularly common practice in the United States is the administration of low doses of antibiotics in water and / or animal feed. This results in faster growth, thus reducing the time and expense needed to bring an animal trail. In 2011, 80% of antibiotics sold in the US They were for factory farms. Unfortunately, administration of antibiotics in low doses is a perfect recipe for creating resistant bacteria to antibiotics.

So while sick people are required a doctor’s prescription to buy antibiotics (as to prevent the development of resistant organisms to), industry meat production has free pass to harm the health of all people in the world. Currently some of the types of resistant bacteria antibiotics are most worrisome Campylobacter, Salmonella, E. coli and Staphylococcus (MRSA).

More information, use of antibiotics in the agriculture industry;. Resistance to antibiotics in pig farms;. The consequences of industrial agriculture to human health (in English)

In simple terms, the production of meat in large quantities is highly destructive to the environment. Livestock and grain farming mainly intended for animal feed are among the activities that contribute to deforestation.

We cut down forests and jungle of the Amazon – the great lung of our planet – to make room for livestock and sowing grain used to feed animals. Livestock and growing large quantities of grain requires a lot of water – 15,000 liters per kilo of beef – and divert this resource so precious to the production of meat. At the same time weaken the lungs of the Earth, we introduce large amounts of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere by livestock, increasing global warming. This contributes to the destruction caused by climate instability and natural disasters.

Thousands of animals housed in factory farming of meat, milk and egg produce high amounts of waste, which becomes problematic from an ecological point of view. Many of these farms do not have an adequate system to process and neutralize waste, which include greenhouse gases (mainly methane and carbon dioxide), and urine and feces contaminated with hormones, antibiotics and antibiotic resistant bacteria. These end up as contaminants entering the atmosphere.

For thousands of years, the meat has been produced sustainably in integrated farming or home gardens. Animals that can be incorporated are not suitable for land activities, such places very steep. A practical alternative is to put a herd of goats or sheep on dry slopes to reduce the risk of fire, these animals can get milk and / or meat. However, these systems are small in nature and do not lend themselves to the production of large quantities of meat. Then to enable the sustainable production of meat and other animal products the best thing is to reduce demand (buy less) .; More »

In the last 100 years we have increased our meat consumption more than five times. In short, we are destroying our planet and our health to be gluttons. And they say that man is the only living thing that has use of reason …

Hopefully this information is reason to make an urgent change. It is not necessary for you to become a vegetarian or vegan, but you reduce the amount of meat you eat. While we keep buying and demanding meat at every meal, we continue to support deforestation, global warming and disease. But if we reduce the amount of meat we eat, we do well the planet and our own bodies. For example, on Monday meatless program he proposes that all stop eating meat every Monday. And yes, one day a week can make a big difference. Why not start this Monday?