Crisis by Choice
Is it not enough for you to feed on the good pasture, that you must tread down with your feet the rest of your pasture;
and to drink of clear water, that you must muddy the rest of the water with your feet?
"What do you do?"
"No, I don't mean your occupation. I mean - what the fuck do you do to make the world a better place?"
If you've never thought about that before, now's the time. It's crucial. If not for yourself, consider doing it for someone you love. I do. I think daily about the world my son will grow up in. It's no longer a leisurely thought but one of necessity. Our current White House Administration is trying to terminate the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Trump has questioned multiple times if climate change actually exists (a Chinese Hoax, is it?).
So, if you've been hanging out all cozy under a boulder, it's time to step out from under that rock. Because we need you. We need your voice. We need you to act. We need you to give a shit. Living in a society where so many people couldn't care less, be someone that couldn't care more.
CNN published an article discussing the role the beef and cattle industry play in both climate change and the destruction of our planet. "As public attention focuses on the impact of policy changes on the climate, we may overlook an important contributor to the climate crisis: our food systems and the daily food choices we make." READ FULL ARTICLE HERE. It's time to focus on what you and I can control - the choices we make on a daily basis.
While many choose a vegan lifestyle because the extreme animal abuse and mutilation that occurs in the factory farming industry, the case for making vegan choices is expanding. The impact animal agriculture has on our planet is hard to deny. Many consider it to be THE leading drive in climate change. Not all livestock generate the same repercussions on our planet though. Cows - due to their digestive systems - are the ones leading the change.
"Cows belong to the class of ruminants – animals that have a four-chambered stomach and regurgitate what they eat as cud before chewing and eating it again...they have a four-chambered stomach, so the food they eat it initially digested in the first two stomach chambers. Then, they bring up this digested food (or cud) and chew it again before passing it on to their stomach and intestine to digest a second time. One of the microbes in the digestive system that breaks down their food produces methane as a byproduct." (1)
Here's the basic breakdown: Cows burp and fart methane -> Methane traps heat -> Trapped heat increases Earth’s surface temperature -> Global warming. The total set of greenhouse gas emissions (Carbon Footprint) caused by the beef industry is far greater than the amount produced in meat alternatives and beans. How much more? Take a look at this chart.
Now, let's factor in the impact animal agriculture has on our water supply. There are two components to consider: 1) Animal agriculture is directly linked to global warming. Global warming directly effects our water sources and availability. Thus, animal agriculture disturbs our water supply. 2) The amount of water needed to produce the food itself.
Let's start with the first component. Due to the rising temperatures both the quantity and quality of drinking water is expected to decline for these reasons:
- Municipal sewer systems may overflow during extreme rainfall events, gushing untreated sewage into drinking water supplies.
- Loss of mountain snowpack and earlier spring snowmelt spurred by higher temperatures reduce the availability of drinking water downstream.
- The shrinking of mountain glaciers threatens drinking water supplies for millions of people.
- Sea-level rise can lead to saltwater intrusion into groundwater drinking supplies, especially in low-lying, gently sloping coastal areas. (2)
The next component to consider is the amount of water needed to produce the food itself. It takes significantly more water to produce animal products. View the Average Daily Water Footprint of Diet chart and also Learn How Much Water it Takes to Make Your Favorite Foods HERE.
Making a change, even a small change, can cause a ripple effect. Just imagine the powerful force that could be created if everyone made even slight modifications to their lifestyle. Consider it the rent you pay for living on this planet. Where to start:
- First and foremost, KNOW THE FACTS. Ignorance is not bliss. It's irresponsible and destructive (especially in this case).
- If you aren't ready to omit beef and dairy from your diet entirely, consider only eating it sparingly. Meatless Monday, perhaps?
- Consider what you're supporting each time you swipe your card. Think SUSTAINABLE. Think ECO-FRIENDLY. Ever heard of BottleCloth? One of our ADOPTION REWARDS PARTNERS, they offer table coverings made of 100% recycled woven fabric sourced from plastic bottles. Companies like this are the future.
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