|Piglets at Minnesota State Fair|
Why celebrate this reduction in meat eating? The environmental impact of meat production is tremendous. It is estimated that the meat industry contributes about 18 percent of global greenhouse-gas emissions. Methane and Nitrous Oxide, byproducts of meat production. have many times the global-warming potential than Carbon Dioxide. Another environmental concern is land degradation in the 30 percent of the world's land set aside for raising livestock. Finally, the amount of water needed to feed animals is greater than to simply grow grains, vegetables, legumes and fruits.
|Cows grazing on farm near |
Because of the high environmental costs of raising livestock it is thought that this sector is one of the top two or three contributors to our local and global environmental concerns. Hence, it is good for the environment when we eat lower on the food chain. And, it is often better for our health too!
As our meat consumption declines I'm eager to watch a commercial from a national restaurant chain with the punch line of "Where's the tofu?"