“Slaughterhouses are also responsible for large outputs of greenhouse gases such as methane and carbon dioxide, both major contributors to climate change“ (Farr). The question I’d like to answer is; How can switching to a vegan diet impact a person's health, social life, and the planet? The answer that I got from research on the environment due to the meat industry is - slaughterhouses emit tons of greenhouse gases that pollute the air, and the water is polluted by dumping things such as manure and fat into the water. I believe that slaughterhouses and the meat industry are extremely bad for the
Eating animals: is it only question of morality? In the book “Eating Animals” of Jonathan Safran Foer a very significant problem of the contemporary food culture, factory farming and food industry is raised. While Foer focuses mainly on animal’s suffering and rights: “If contributing to the suffering of billions of animals that live miserable lives and (quite often) die in horrific ways isn't motivating, what would be?”(Foer 123), all these problems are intertwined and may be viewed from different angles. I would say that the thinking of Michkiko Kakutani is partly sound.
In addition fracking pollutes the water. To frack you need to use a mixture of chemicals which are radioactive and large amount of water. An example of some of these chemical are lead and radium. If you are exposed to chemicals it can cause serious health issues.
Therefore, it is possible to claim that it has a 'glocal' - both global and local - dimension. The exploitation of resources and the massive use of chemicals involved with intensive agriculture have contributed to permanently damage the environment, thus endangering the development of different species (Croall, 2014). In fact, intensive agriculture is causally related to increases in water and air pollution, decrease of soil fertility, and soil erosion (Lang et al., 2009). All of these, taken together, can be held responsible for the destruction of natural habitats of a number of species of wildlife (Lawrence, 2008). Intensive farming has also been linked to an increase in greenhouse gas emissions (Croall, 2014): intensive livestock accounts for nearly one fifth of global greenhouse gas emissions, rivalling with the emissions from the global transport sector (Lawrence, 2017c).
Pollution caused by crude oil and its petrochemical based products disrupt and alter the ecosystem balance. Incomplete combustion of crude oil leads to the production of greenhouse gases which causes acid rain and also accelerates climate change which is already having negative effect on the environment. Crude oil pollution poses a huge risk to the ecosystem if not properly managed because it enters the food web through the plant which is later transferred from one food chain to the other food chain (Sathishkumar et al. 2008). The strong persistence nature of crude oil and its total petroleum hydrocarbon (TPH) derivatives in air, water and land has attracted much attention from government and environmental stakeholder because accumulation of this pollution in plants and animal tissues leads to toxic, carcinogenic and mutagenic effects which invariably leads to death (Abd-Elsalam et al. 2009; Liu et al. 2010; Das and Chandran,
Eating meat is beneficial to humanity, because they provide nourishment that cannot be obtained from other sources. Without the support of animals, humans lack a distinctive diet, that is essential to their well-being. However, since animals are so important to the diet, they deserve great care and respect as well. Humans were always hunters and gathers. They always knew that meat was a big source of protein that helped keep them going(Araki).
One of the dangerous consequences of the large amount of consumption of junk food is that it can damage health. According to Paul Hawaken, when Kine ranchers clear rain forests to raise produced beef
The new production methods of agricultural and livestock have decreased biodiversity, and it pollutes the soil and waterways because of the chemicals and artificial fertilizer that is used to grow animal feed, and maintain the
In general, oil spills affect animals and plants in two ways: directly from the oil or the clean up process. Oil often penetrates plumage of birds and furs of animals (“Lingering...spill”).
This is where the sociological imagination comes into play. From the sociological perspective, a vegetarian diet or love for salad might be explained by one being opposed to factory farms. Factory farms are plantations where cows, chickens, turkeys, and pigs are locked in tiny cages, starved, and injected with growth hormones so the farmers can have more meat to sell (Calderone). These growth hormones can have negative effects on our health, and they have often been linked to various types of cancer (Factory Farming). Not only are factory farms incredibly cruel, but they are also unsanitary.
Oil, grease, and toxic chemicals from human use are also examples of NPS pollution. Bacteria and nutrients from livestock and pet wastes and faulty septic systems are also considered NPS pollution. NPS pollution is a very important issue because it is very damaging to the earth and is the leading cause of water quality problems.
The author of this article is Mark Bittman. This article is about American’s meat consumption and the health and environmental problems that come with it. Mark’s argument is that Americans should cut down on meat consumption, because it causes environmental problems, health problems and a lower standard on animal welfare. The first point Mark presents is that meat consumption causes environmental problems.
Most would argue that America provides the top options in food variety. However, it seems that when given the choice between a pound of meat and a pound of vegetables, the more popular choice is the prior. The average American ingests approximately 207.7 pounds of meat per year, and this results in the U.S. being the second highest consumer of meat products under Luxembourg (Barclay). While a large number of Americans seem to be leaning towards vegetarianism, they are still the minority. Even with the disturbing information regarding how our meat is produced, the meat consumption levels continue to rise.
After many years had passed and Sinclair had met his demise, people still fought for the rights of the workers and made Sinclair’s dream a reality. Overall Sinclair’s actions began a new era of exposé journalism. Still this war on health and food sanitation continues to this day, Walsh explains, "Horror stories about the food industry have long been with us--ever since 1906, when Upton Sinclair's landmark novel The Jungle told some ugly truths about how America produces its meat. In the century that followed, things got much better, and in some ways much worse.