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Let me first make it clear that I am a vegetarian, and as such could be blindly biased, but I have tried to present the facts as accurately and as supported as possible. Meat Farming in today's society has changed drastically from where it was just 50-100 years ago. The current practices in mass production slaughterhouses can cause food poisoning, water pollution, air pollution, antibiotic resistance and global warming. Cows produce staggering amounts of methane. So much so, that many scientists have compared the pollutive quantities of one cow to equal one car in daily greenhouse gas emissions.
Scientific studies finds that eating more plant foods and fewer fatty animal products can lead to extra years of healthy living. While there are nutrients in meat, most notably iron, not easily found in such abandance elsewhere, it is clear that most americans consume far more meat than is needed to supply us with such nutrients.
Decades ago, it was discovered that small doses of antibiotics to cows caused a slight increase in weight. This increased profits. Stuart B. Levy, M.D., who has studied the subject for years, estimates that there are 15-17 million pounds of antibiotics used sub-therapeutically in the United States each year. The concern is that overuse of these antibiotics creates bacteria that are resistant to our antibiotics, which in turn can cause serious illness in humans who digest bad meat. The World Health Organization recommends a drastic reduction in the amounts we are using and other major countries (European Union & Canada) have banned the use of sub-therapeutic antibiotics.
Use your power as a consumer and choose organic meat. Seek local farmers you know that use antibiotics only as needed and not to increase their profit margin by 3%.
Not exactly, but there is some truth to the direction of this assertion. The irrigation used to grow feed grains is about 5 times more than needed for fruits & vegetables. So the idea is that if we used the same resources we do during meat farming and used them in producing other food sources, that we could produce more food to feed more people. In addition, instead of using grains to feed livestock, we could use those grains to feed people.