We no longer eat food only to nourish the body with the required nutrients. It’s relished by the taste buds and enjoyed by all our senses. The urge of satisfying the taste buds is so overpowering that we don’t care about what really goes behind preparing the food and its impact on our physical, mental and spiritual well-being. This uncontrollable urge easily crosses limits and we don’t even mind taking the life of a living creature to satisfy our senses. What we may not realise is that the impact of eating meat has far reaching effects and it does not only affects us but the society and the planet at large. The meat industry has become so damaging to the planet that never was there more demand to be considerate and compassionate towards the other living species.
Let’s take a bird eye view to understand how damaging meat industry has really become. According to ADAPTT (Animals Deserve Absolute Protection Today and Tomorrow), more than 150 billion animals are killed each other by the meat, egg and dairy industries. This is devastating for the planet as well. It results in the wastage of limited natural resources such as land and water. Livestock production accounts for 30% of the entire land surface of the planet. On an average, it takes approximately 2,400 gallons of water to produce just 1 pound of meat, which is close to full 50 bathtubs. Animal agriculture accounts for 51% greenhouse gas emissions and it is responsible for about 15 to 18% of the world’s climate change. This is a very heavy cost we have to pay to satisfy our taste buds and in return badly affect our health. There are some of the important changes we should consider in order to change the scenario.
To know all the requisite changes and furthermore, read the complete article in Nov’19 edition of English Akhand Gyan Monthly Magazine.