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Attention 'Global Citizens : Why Shouldn' T We All Become Vegans?

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Attention “Global Citizens”: Why Shouldn’t We All Become Vegans? Many people consider going vegan to reap the proposed health benefits of going without animal products in their diet. Some go vegan in support of protesting the inhumane treatment of livestock during the production of animal food products. While both of those arguments may be justified in their own right; a more recent argument is that all humans should take to a vegetable based diet to save our planet. Some propose that by consuming animal products we may be contributing to global warming. In George C. Wang’s article Go Vegan, Save the Planet, he suggests that we allow ourselves to be called to action as “global citizens” to address…show more content…
He clearly demonstrates in an estimate “the emissions produced in the process of supplying a kilocalorie of food energy for each food group.” He concludes from his research that fruit is more carbon intensive than chicken, fish, pork and even dairy. Wilson also notes that a tomato grown out of season can “have emissions 5 times higher than one grown in season” (Wilson). A researcher from the Carnegie Mellon University supports these findings stating that “Lots of common vegetables require more energy than you would think. Eggplant, celery, and cucumbers look pretty bad when compared to pork or chicken.” (qtd. in Dockrill). Not only are there some meats that have less of a negative impact on our environment than some vegetables, but as Christopher Doering points out in his article for The Des Moines Register, Study Finds Cattle May Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emmissions From Ag, “While cattle produce greenhouse gas methane when they chew and digest food, row crops have a bigger impact on the environment because of the increased soil erosion that later results in the increase in carbon emissions.” (Doering). Wang suggests in his article that the largest impact on our greenhouse gas emissions comes from beef and lamb. He also suggests that the gasses emitted from beef and lamb are “generated through livestock raising
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