Animal Agriculture & Climate Change

I’m vegan for every single reason. For the planet, for my own health, for the animals, for humankind. One of the biggest reasons I’m vegan is because of the insanely huge environmental impact which is completely ignored in every source and debate regarding climate change; the people in charge don’t want us to know the truth since it disrupts everything we have all been taught from the day we are born. The truth is that veganism is the answer to climate change and the continuation of animal agriculture is the exact opposite. If eating animal products was a requisite to live, I would view animal agriculture as a necessary evil and would look at ways to make it less damaging to the environment and more humane (though we all know that humane animal products are mostly a myth). The fact remains that eating animal products is not at all necessary (and, in fact, is harmful) to our well-being & we need to stop.

If you care about climate change, which you should as I discuss in my “Reasons to Care About Climate Change” blog post, going vegan is the key. Besides not reproducing – not eating animals is the number one way to greatly diminish your environmental impact.

There are endless articles which claim to “debunk” the fact that animal agriculture is the leading cause of climate change. It is. First and foremost – there is no reason for people who are vegan to lie about this. We don’t benefit from lying about the dangers, impact, and cruelty of the animal agriculture industry. There isn’t some sort of super secret evil agenda with veganism like so many think there is. The people, the groups, who do benefit from lying about the truth are animal agriculture related companies, medical industries due to the sheer amount of health problems caused by the consumption of animal products, the governments since a huge portion of earned revenue comes from the sale of animal products, and ordinary people who want to find any justification to continue their deadly (for everyone) lifestyle.

 

Many “official” sources claim that animal agriculture is only accountable for 12% of global warming. Even if this number were accurate, 12% would still be too much as the consumption and usage of animal products is entirely unnecessary (if not for the environment then for health and for the animals) therefore if everyone became vegan that 12% of global warming cause would vanish. The problem is that this number is wholly inaccurate and is only spread to try to keep the damage of animal agriculture under wraps and to make people feel like the continued scale of animal agriculture is acceptable in the fight against climate change.

 

There are a multitude of problems with the small number of 12%. It doesn’t count all forms and side effects of animal agriculture. Even if the number was 12%, there are countless other environmental and non-environmental reasons to stop eating animals.

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The temperature began to rise substantially with the birth of industrialism and a change in human diet.

Some of the things which aren’t generally counted in animal agriculture global warming statistics are; leather production, deforestation, the massive amount of fossil fuels needed (this number is generally shoved into general fossil fuel consumption or the category of factories instead of defining it as solely linked to the animal agriculture industry), water usage (once again, this is generally put into the general water usage category instead of defining which category it is linked to), ocean dead zones, disease outbreaks linked to animal products, waste production & the fact that methane produced by farm animals is more detrimental to global warming than any other kind of pollution. Even if we ignore the gaps missing in this percentage and the problems with sorting the cause numbers, this number also generally skimps out on the amount of farm animals, rarely including all the animals used for animal agriculture worldwide.

 

Think biking to work instead of driving is doing your part to save the environment? Think again. Studies have shown that biking on a paleo diet (a diet high in meat meant to mimic what our ancestors, which we have evolved far away from, ate) emits almost the same amount of co2 as an ‘environmentally friendly’ car. An average American diet emits about half, and a vegan diet is about a third. Recycling also isn’t the answer, we can all do better and going vegan is one of the best ways to do it.

Another myth is that ‘one person going vegan won’t change anything’ – but this is false. Not only is veganism trending, but all great movements start with just one person who questions the norm as I talked about in “How to Bring Your Ideas to Life & Change the World”. I also discuss how me going vegan has changed the people I have the most contact with in my post “How me Going Vegan has Changed my Family”.

Every single day a vegan saves an estimated 1100 gallons of water, and making a single burger takes 660 gallons of water! A vegan diet also saves 40 lbs of grain, 30 square feet of forest, and 20 lbs of co2 every day.

 

When calculated properly, including everything mentioned above, the amount of impact in global warming is attributed up to 51% to animal agriculture. This is one of the primary reasons vegans are so desperate, so “pushy” about the cause. Our planet is the only planet we have

 

Even if you still don’t believe for whatever reason that animal agriculture does not contribute to over half of global warming there are still countless reasons and numerous other environmental reasons to be vegan. Click here to read some of the best quotes about veganism that’ll make you think. Veganism is choosing life, love, and compassion for everyone and everything. The only vegan agenda is to do our part to make the world a better place.

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  1. Very interesting Sami. I want to be controversial with my following comments. I am not a vegan though I try to keep a healthy diet since I am a marathon runner. I am also in my 40s so my body also asks for less meat and more veggies. Although I also think cattle raising is the worst threat to environment (worse than mining or oil extraction) I also want you to consider not everybody on Earth eats meat, starting for cultural reasons like in India, but also because it is not affordable. A very interesting effect of the surge of China and the rise of its middle class is the change in their diet so now many families can include in their diet animal protein.
    On another hand if everybody becomes a vegan (sorry for my ignorance if the following is not right) there would be an increase in demand for veggies and other agricultural products, pushing the use of fertilizers and other chemicals that pollute our planet. BTW the use of those chemical have “helped” reducing the price of food, increased production and fed the current population.
    In my opinion what is killing our planet is the fact that we are too many. Technology and science development have allowed us to life longer, become resistant to diseases and increase population. Our planet is like a house, how many people can you accommodate in your flat without ruining it? And this is a real concern. How to shrink global population in order to make our planet sustainable?
    You may consider this topic interesting for a further post.

    Regards and I enjoy a lot reading your blog.

    Mario

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    • Thank you so much for your comment! Don’t worry about being controversial, I want to help people and answering questions/discussing things is all part of that.

      People not eating meat for any reason is good – and it’s mostly America (/other similar countries) that eat meat purely because they want to. Animal products not being affordable is a huge reason as to why a lot of people do, and should, avoid animal products – this is more discussing the reasons why people should stop eating animal products when it’s a choice for them. I mostly don’t discuss the cost factor of animal products/the fact that animal products are a privilege to many people because I live in the United States where meat is often viewed as the most important part of the human diet.

      The idea that everyone becoming vegan would increase the demand for vegetable products is very common, so don’t worry about thinking that at all, but people forget that the animals meant for human consumption eat vegetables (primarily corn and grains) that humans could be eating. Cows, pigs, chickens, etc all eat food that humans would eat as factory farmed animals are not grass-fed. Here’s an article that breaks down the amount of grain consumed by animals used for animal products – http://www.earthsave.org/environment.htm , 70% of grain is fed to livestock. This number could not only cure world hunger if we stopped eating animals but it would ultimately reduce the amount of things like fertilizers.

      I also do agree that overpopulation is one of the most detrimental thing for the environment! I haven’t yet discussed it on my blog – but usually I say that veganism is the second thing that people can do to help the environment. The first would, in fact, be not reproducing. I discuss veganism more simply because going vegan is seen as more of an option for people rather than not reproducing and the fact that the amount of people on earth can’t be reversed, sadly. I do think world population is something of great concern and I personally have fully dedicated to not having biological children, ever, for this reason + the fact that there are an obscene amount of children that already exist in need of homes. This is, for sure, a topic I will be talking about in the future.

      Thank you SO much for such an engaging comment and for reading my blog!

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      • Such an interesting discussion, and I had never thought of the overpopulation issue. To me it would seem logical for us to start growing what we can in our own backyards first of all. I know not everyone is lucky enough to have one, my home town in Australia is yet to adopt mass density housing, but community gardens would also work in large cities. I think it would be easier to feed an over-populated world fruit and veggies this way, rather than animals products. You can grow some veggies all over the planet, it might mean a lifestyle adjustment at the very least, but it’s doable. So much more to think about here! Thank you! 😁

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      • This is a great point as well, thank you so much for your addition! Growing your own food can make a huge impact in the long run; especially if we also produce our own compost and therefore don’t use anything that hurts the environment on our food. I’m not quite there yet, only small gardens in the backyard, but one day I hope to supply most if not all of my food! Thanks for commenting.

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  2. I found it interesting that when I started going vegan, it was for my health. As I researched more and learned more, it became about all of those things you mentioned! It might start out personal, but it rarely stays that way.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Well said!!!! I’m currently trying to transition to being vegan 😃 and loving the fact I’m helping the environment, animal welfare and my health by doing so 😊 xx

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