Posted by: hoppybottoms | July 6, 2011

Meat Free=More Earth for Me

Wednesday’s blogs are going to be focused on the environment; what is changing, why it is changing, and how we can live in a more earth friendly way.

I spend a lot of time writing about food. This blog was after all, inspired by my transition into veganism. Today, I went to the Farm Sanctuary website to purchase my Hoe Down tickets, and I noticed a little video. A video that reminded me that in being kind to the environment we have to also consider what we are eating. As a matter of fact, it can be very difficult, if not impossible to separate the two.

Jason Schwartzman, narrates this short 5 minute clip about what to eat. It is quick, and I think realistic as to how people go throughout their day.  There are allusions to factory farming although there isn’t a lot of detailed information within the video.  I actually think this makesit more watchable for people who can’t handle too much information about things like that. The video isn’t preachy at all, it is encouraging having meat free meals, not a completely meat free lifestyle.

 Factory farming and pigs (no way to live) picture from scienceprogress.org

However, at the bottom of the page for the video is a brief run down of the facts about factory farming.  Read them. I don’t think people understand what is going on and that is fine, but just take a glance. It isn’t just that the animals are being hurt. If you are one of those people who think that we were meant to eat meat, that’s your prerogative. The problem is that the demand for meat gives farmers reason to keep animals constantly reproducing and reason to chop down trees. Then these unnaturally born animals, like cows for example, need to survive and graze the land. And leaving aside that the grass is generally full of pesticides because it needs to continually grow to feed the cows, it also means that the grass and the soil are depleting! Forests are being knocked down so that animals, who are born and raised strictly to provide us with meat, can graze and so that grains can grow to feed them.

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This is all about SO MUCH MORE than just saving animals from being killed (although, in my opinion that is enough) it is about the fact that the high demand for meat is KILLING our planet. My suggestion is to have at least one if not 2 or 3 “Meat-less” days each week. Less meat is consumed, less demand, less harm to the earth over time. You don’t need to be vegan, you just need to be vegetarian-curious occasionally. There is a spot to “Pledge” a meat free day or month…do it and then let me know! Comment on the blog. I would love to hear about it. Maybe we can start a “Meat Free Wednesday” movement…

Think about it.

(I came across a lot of really disturbing photos while I was looking for a picture to put on the blog- the pictures of the cows and pigs on here- well let’s just say I went easy on you. I am almost in tears after some of the pictures I just saw.)

Cheers! To Environmental Wednesday’s here on theveganweddingplanner blog.

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  1. ummm …. ok, so, lets say we all stop eating meat. then we have more plant eating animals roaming the earth, (and not the mass produced ones because we stopped doing that), plus all us humans who now don’t eat meat. won’t that soon lead to a world with no veggies?

    • This is why I used the term “Over time” to describe the changes that would occur. See, the issue is that because of demand, farms are artificially increasing the numbers of animals (Cows, chickens, pigs, etc) that they have. If there is less demand for meat then there won’t be the need to have so much livestock. This means that overtime these animals can go back to natural, normal reproductive practices. Once the number of animals decreases, there is less danger posed to the grass and plants.

      Some stats (from foodandwaterwatch.org) :

      –The number of dairy cows rose 93.4 percent from 2.5
      million cows in 1997 to 4.9 million in 2007. On average, nearly 650 additional dairy cows were added every day over the decade.

      –Hogs on factory farms (over 500 hogs) increased by one-third. The number of hogs on factory farms grew by more than a third (36.3 percent) from 46.1 million in 1997 to 62.9 million in 2007, adding 16.7 million hogs. Nationally, about 4,600 hogs were added to factory farms every day for the past decade.

      –Broiler chickens on the largest factory farms nearly doubled to 1 billion. In 2007, there were over one billion broiler chickens on large farms in the United States — more than three birds for every person in the country. The number of broiler chickens raised on factory farms nearly doubled over the decade, rising 87.4 percent from 583.3 million
      in 1997 to 1.09 billion in 2007. The growth in industrial broiler production added 5,800 chickens to factory farms every hour over the past decade.

      Once you read those stats- you start to think…something strange is going on;it doesn’t make sense that the number of animals on a farm could increase SO MUCH in ten years.

      Here are some more facts about how animals are mass produced on factory farms:
      http://www.idausa.org/facts/factoryfarmfacts.html

      Then there will also be less manure, because the amount that is produced now is incredibly harmful to the environment.

  2. oh


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