Global Warming is a symptom, the result of humanity’s behaviors and decisions. Animal agriculture releases—depending on the study—18 to 51% of the greenhouse gasses (GHGs) that cause global warming. Why, then is it not important to environmentalists to oppose animal agriculture? It also destroys ecosystems, causes disease outbreaks, wounds, death, dehydration, toxic pollution, oceanic dead zones and fear and stress in wildlife. When will the futility of a cow wanting her calf returned, pigs slaughtered by the millions, and the pain of wolves seeing their pack mates killed by aerial gunners be equal crimes in the minds and hearts of environmentalists? Veganism has the opportunity to lead environmentalism, not follow it.
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There are an estimated 21.7 billion to 50 billion “head” of livestock chewing on Earth. Animal agriculture accounts for 70 percent of global agricultural land used. Livestock graze 22 to 26 percent of Earth’s ice-free surface. When environmentalists (or anyone else) do not campaign for the end of animal agriculture they are ensuring corn and soy beans grown for livestock will cover the land instead of recovering ecosystems. This should be THE campaign of the environmental community.
Consider these points about animal agriculture because they are tied to global warming:
The U.S. –
- 99% of U.S. prairie grasslands have been plowed under, replaced by corn and soybeans.
- 90% of all soy beans and 80% of all corn is fed to animals in the United States. This turns into 3 billion tons of manure per year.
- In the U.S. only about 2% of the soybean crop is eaten directly for human nutrition.
- 44% of all U.S. land is grazed by cattle and sheep.
- The U.S. population has more than doubled since 1950.
- Globally, demand for food will double by 2050
- Half of all land is now converted directly to human use. The rest is impacted by climate change, toxic pollution.
- We regulate 2/3 of all rivers
- Burning of fossil fuels increased five-fold since 1950
- Freshwater consumption has doubled since 1960
- Wood consumption 25% greater than 25 years ago / seafood 400%
- GHGs continue accumulating / scientists recorded a record 400ppm of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere in 2014, the first time in human history. The last time was some 800 thousand years ago.
- The number of people in poverty varies considerably with the price of food and other factors. There are some 800 million severely destitute and malnourished people right now. Animal agriculture competes with people for food.
- Chinese leadership understood that dairy could become a business with the right marketing. There were about 100 thousand dairy cows in China in 1949. By 2010, there were 12.5 million. Whenever and wherever we try to alleviate human poverty and suffering with increased animal agriculture, we shift human misery into the backs of individuals from other species. We show the same disregard for cows as we do for ecosystems.
Human Population –
Environmentalists also are afraid to confront human overpopulation and conceptions.
- There were about one billion people on Earth in 1850. Now there are approximately 7.2 billion.
- There is a net increase of 78 to 80 million more humans added to a struggling Earth every year. That’s about 213,699 more humans every day
- By 2050 / 9.3 billion people (U.N.); by 2011, 11 billion people.
At what point do we decide how much of Earth’s biodiversity and abundance we will destroy as cost of human population arrogance?
Environmentalists are reluctant to challenge our worldviews, cultural beliefs, and deeply embedded personal behaviors that lie behind the decline of ecosystems. Environmentalists are not telling us the entire story about what is required for our biological and moral survival. The same holds true for many animal rights organizations and their supporters, including vegans. They are failing to advocate for ecosystems. That’s how many environmentalists see animal rights advocates. They criticize animal rights advocates as only caring for sentient individuals from other species and not the non-sentient that also comprise ecosystems. In large part they are correct.
Vegans can fail to protect ecosystems when we do not actively protect the non-sentient species who support the sentient. The life pulsing within ecosystems depends upon shelter, species culture, social communities, abundant food, clean water, a lack of stress, and comfort. Since sentient individuals depend upon the non-sentient life within the ecosystem as well as the ecosystem’s physical geography and biological processes, the destruction of any aspect of an ecosystem promises to cause suffering to those who are sentient. Always remember that the sentient depend upon the non-sentient and ecosystems overall. Protecting the sentient requires protecting it all with a new human ecology.
For instance, how many AR orgs are sounding the alarm over the fact that phytoplankton is declining 1% per year in 8 of 10 ocean regions? Phytoplankton are responsible for about half of Earth’s net biological primary productivity (NPP), the plant-based conversion of sunlight into food energy. This is bad news for marine individuals from other species who will starve and suffer as a consequence. There is immense suffering in ecosystem destruction.
Vegans do not need artificial propagation and manipulation of species for hunting and trapping. Nor do we need to shoot wolves from airplanes to create moose targets for urban hunters. We do not need fleets of ships to decimate marine mammals and fishes. Wildlife professionals and snipers will not be called upon to eliminate natural predators, nor poison ground squirrels. Buffalo and wolves will no longer be slaughtered as they migrate from protected areas in national parks to land now usurped by animal agriculture ranchers.
How Many Earths?
We are demanding more than what Earth can replace after we consume her resources. In 2012, the Global Footprint Network estimated we were consuming “the equivalent of 1.5 planets…” This means it now takes the Earth one year and six months to regenerate what we use in a year.” If current trends remain unchanged, “we will need the equivalent of two Earths to support us” by the 2030s.