Buying Local: Can it work? Essay

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According to the United Nations Populations Fund, US citizens eat on average 260 pounds of meat per person. In the past five years the argument that mass-produced meat is a key cause in manmade global warming has gained a great deal of steam. Many environmentalists have been pushing the idea of vegetarianism by pointing out what is wrong with meat-eating. Emissions, feed supply for animals, and animal welfare are what James McWilliams argues in Bellying up to Environmentalism why meat should not be consumed. He writes that, “it takes a gallon of gasoline to produce a pound of conventional beef…and if all of the grain that is used to feed animals went to people, you could feed China and India.(McWilliams A21)” Ranchers, farmers, and…show more content…
Meat eaters consume soy indirectly, while vegetarians on the other hand eat soy directly. Soy is main ingredient in tofu and contains high amounts of proteins, which many vegetarians lack due to not eating meat. So even though vegetarians believe they are doing their part, they are creating emissions by eating soy. McWilliams say that, “To quit eating meat is to dismantle the global food apparatus at its foundation.” McWilliams really is out of touch, would it not be easier to just feed animal’s grains grown near the farms and would it not save more resources if vegetarians used soy closer to home instead of halfway across the world. Food is not the problem, the problems lie in the way food is transported. Localism would cut down on transportation immensely because food would not have to be transported across the world. Factory farming has created more methane gas, evidence proves this. Before 1970 methane gas from manure was negligible, but due to the rapid rise in factory farming liquefied manure pools became in vogue and consequently methane gas skyrocketed in the atmosphere according to Niman. The problem lies in agribusiness corporations trying to meet increased demands for meat products in the past half century. Companies created the idea of factory farming to meet this demand which had unintended consequences. If we were to go back to a pre 1970’s model of
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