Could You Give Up Meat to Save the Planet?
When you grow up in a Hispanic household there never seems to be an alternative to eating
meat. Even when veganism started to become well known in my home state of California I
thought it would eventually die with all the other crazy food trends, yet it prevailed.
Deciding to give up meat can seem daunting. What would a taco be without perfectly seared
carne asada? It was a thought that sometimes seemed too difficult to process. Yet, studies show
that the effects cattle farming has on the climate can be catastrophic.
In a story done by CNN titled “Would you stop eating beef to save the planet” it was found that
15 percent of global emission comes only from livestock. This is because cattle emit methane
gas whilst they digest corn. In addition, the fertilizer used to grow corn releases nitrous oxide. A
gas that is 300 times more powerful than CO2.
The moral argument for going meat free is that the unethical treatment of animals is unjust.
Often times industrialized farming can lead to infections such as e. coli and salmonella. This is due
to the fact cattle are being fed corn when they’re by evolution adapted to eat grass. Chicken
are also oftentimes kept in dark barns without ever seeing sunlight. They’re grown at a faster
rate making it difficult for their internal organs to keep up. This can sometimes lead to the
breaking of legs and an early death.
There are multiple arguments on why as humans we should give up the consumption of meat,
environmental and moral.
In the past most of these would be left up to individual’s beliefs and preferences. However in
today’s climate crisis meat free ideals might not only become more preferential, but essential in
order to sustain our planet.