Sign of the Times: Washington Post Says Meat Is Horrible

“Meat is horrible,” a new article in The Washington Post, highlights the negative impacts of a Western diet.
Author Rachel Premack discusses the environmental, ecological, and health reasons Americans must give up or cut back on meat. Featuring multiple graphs, her compelling argument destroys common myths and seems to support a meat tax.
Premack writes:

By 2050, scientists forecast that emissions from agriculture alone will account for how much carbon dioxide the world can use to avoid catastrophic global warming. It already accounts for one-third of emissions today — and half of that comes from livestock.

She also notes that it takes “48 times as many liters of water to produce the same amount of beef as veggies” and we could save “a collective $730 billion in health care by reducing meat consumption.”
The debate over climate change and animal agriculture’s role in it is over. We know how raising animals for food damages our planet, and it’s time world leaders took action.
In the meantime, you can help protect the planet, your health, and animals by switching to a plant-based diet.
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5 thoughts on “Sign of the Times: Washington Post Says Meat Is Horrible

  1. ..better late than never.. how ’bout dairy?..
    ..horrific torture and murder industry that it is..
    ..built on lies and greed and ignorance..
    ..and the flesh and souls of precious sentient beings..
    ..we are the only animals that drink the bodily excretions of other animals..
    ..think about that while you make the *connection*..

    I am vegan..
    I am cruelty free..
    Nothing tastes as good as being vegan feels ☺

  2. I was reading an article in the July National Geographic about how much food waste there is. This article talked about fruits and vegetables that are thrown away – crooked, lumpy, misshapen and otherwise imperfect – enough to feed 2 billion people I think the article said! Some people have begin to reclaim this perfectly good food, especially for underdeveloped nations. We constantly worry about feeding ourselves in the future, our health, our looks, narcissism at it’s worst. Throwing away food because it doesn’t look perfect enough is just unfathomable, especially since our multitudes continue to grow. Our current animal-parasitical lifestyles are just not sustainable for the future. I wish I could find the article online.

    • Ah, here it is:

      “Wasting food takes an environmental toll as well. Producing food that no one eats—whether sausages or snickerdoodles—also squanders the water, fertilizer, pesticides, seeds, fuel, and land needed to grow it. The quantities aren’t trivial. Globally a year’s production of uneaten food guzzles as much water as the entire annual flow of the Volga, Europe’s most voluminous river. Growing the 133 billion pounds of food that retailers and consumers discard in the United States annually slurps the equivalent of more than 70 times the amount of oil lost in the Gulf of Mexico’s Deepwater Horizon disaster, according to American Wasteland author Jonathan Bloom. These staggering numbers don’t even include the losses from farms, fishing vessels, and slaughterhouses. If food waste were a country, it would be the third largest producer of greenhouse gases in the world, after China and the U.S. On a planet of finite resources, with the expectation of at least two billion more residents by 2050, this profligacy, Stuart argues in his book Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal, is obscene.”

      GMOs arent’ necessary either. Nor killing off wildlife for food grown that only gets thrown away. What a crazy world we live in!

    • The Freeganism movement is interesting. They are fighting waste and consumer culture, and one of their methods is dumpster diving for food that is still good, as well as other items that stores just through away. The movement has also enlarged to include bartering, trade, etc., to avoid consumerism. Some people have gotten it to the point they can work part-time and devote extra time to volunteering, protesting, etc. Interesting ideas.

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