One of the most popular menu items in the world is the cheeseburger. But this popularity comes with a high price. The bad truth about the burger and dairy is the fact that the extensive agriculture frequently required is damaging our planet. Only 13% of the entire greenhouse gas that is poisoning our ozone comes from transportation. All transportations and not only cars. But a whopping 51% of greenhouse cases is a direct result of animal agriculture. Also, this may sound funny buy cow farts are ruining our air.
Apart from ruining the air, the beef industry also seem to be sucking up the water supply at an annoying rate. Not watering your lawn in the middle of a dry spell or taking a short shower just to save water is a great effort, but forgoing steak is actually the best approach to save more water. Consuming one quarter pound beef hamburger is the same as just showering for two months.
What does it take to raise Livestock?
The total amount of resources to keep up the world’s entire demand for beef is really alarming. There are different estimates as to how much water is needed to produce just one pound of beef, but we assume them to be between 1,850 to 2,500 gallons.
Our planet does not have the water or land to keep up with the always increasing demand in agriculture. This is because of the increase in human population over the years. A lot of humans due to their lack of understanding may be gathering up livestock and its by products but little do they know that these lifestyle is really depleting our planet’s resources at a very high rate.
Recently, the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy and Grain offered a new insight on the biggest polluters of the environment.
Here they are:
JBS: This industry is located in Sao Paulo in Brazil. In 2007 the company had a total of $51.5 billion in revenue. This company is the first on the list because they spit out 280 metric tons of greenhouse gases.
Tyson Foods: They have their headquarter in Springdale, Arkansas USA. This company has been an American supermarket staple since 1935 and last year they cranked out about 118 metric tons of greenhouse gases.
Cargill Incorporated: The Cargill company is a global one based in Minnetonka, Minnesota. They are a power player in livestock and grain feed and they have about $115 billion in revenue. This company produced 83 metric tons of greenhouse gases.
Dairy Farmers of America: This is the official United States milk marketing cooperative. They serve more than 8,500 dairy farms in the lower 48 states. This company has its headquarter in Kansas city. Last year, the company produced 52 metric tons of greenhouse gases.
Fontera: Fontera has its headquarter in Auckland, New Zealand. The company is responsible for 30% of the world’s total dairy exports and had am up to 41.5 metric tons of greenhouse gas last year.
According to report, it was estimated that if these companies continue with business as usual, the 80% of the carbon budget agreed to under the Paris agreement and was signed by almost 190 countries, could be used up by the only the livestock sector.
How do we solve this?
On way to solve this is to eat fewer animal products or do not eat them at all.
A paper recently published by Joseph Moore in the ‘Journal of Science’, says that a vegan diet is the best in other to save the planet. He also mentioned that you could save the earth from global eutrophication and acidification.