It seems humorously sarcastic that with all the axioms of science of how our universe will end, from the severe destruction of falling asteroids, the catastrophic devastation of tsunami, to the isolation of all things,it’s as likely that life will surcease simply because of the abusive actions of the people on the earth’s scarce resources. The idea of creating solutions of the current environmental problems became a paradox of galactic dimension.
There is something more unimaginable than just filthy garbage piled up on the roadside, or the complete devastation of the forest, the real problem is found in our diner—the meat. Most of us are aware that the cars, coal-generated electric power and even the cement factories adversely affect our environment. Until recently, however, the foods we eat had gotten a pass in the discussion.
Meat consumption is the killer cause of global warming that hits all the major aspects of climate change which includes abuse of resources, pollution and overpopulation. Land can easily be degraded through overgrazing. Our water resources are abused causing degeneration of coral reefs that were due to animal wastes. Instead that the earth will be maximized for more important use of human beings, it was converted to poultry industries.
According to a 2006 report by the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), our diets, specifically the meat in them cause more greenhouse gases carbon dioxide (CO2), methane, nitrous oxide, and the like to spew into the atmosphere than either the transportation or industry. Animal rearing results in the release of dangerous gases such as methane, and nitrous oxide.
The growth of the meat industry mirrors the rise in global population. The extravagant lifestyle of the populace leads to the rapid growth of meat consumption worldwide, particularly in developing countries that has resulted in overall meat production, being responsible for between 10-25 percent of all world anthropogenic greenhouse gases emissions each year.
Chicken, considered as a poultry meat is known to also harm our environment. Chickens breed furiously—a single bird can produce hundreds of chicks annually—and are highly efficient weight gainers. A recent independent life cycle analysis on U.S. poultry found that producing a calorie of chicken protein required about 5.6 calories of fossil fuels, compared with reported figures of about 14 calories for pork and 20 to 40 for beef.
Environmentalists will have a hard time selling the idea of eradicating meat consumption by telling the people that it is the cause of climate change, especially when these people are living in a nation of prosperity. One solution is for countries to adopt policies that provide incentives for better management practices that focus on land conservation and more efficient water and fertilizer use. The greater impact of this information is for the people of the society to be aware not just of the more obvious environmental problems but also of their diets. Food consumers are inclined to raise this challenge. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Health Organization (WHO) should develop food standards and guidelines for consumers, food producers and processors, and the international food trade. Furthermore, the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI), together with the Department of Agriculture (DoA) should keep track of the consistent quality of meat products and the processes that will lead to the consumption of the people. The best way to fight global warming? Go vegetarian, the University of Chicago research says.
It’s Just Bella by: Chito Domingo