Meat Production : The Environmental Impact Of Meat

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The environmental impact of meat in hand with agricultural production is often hidden by the cheap prices of meat in grocery stores across the U.S. What these prices do not show us is the hidden toll that meat production is taking on our environment. Pollution from livestock and agricultural production, such as runoff and greenhouse gas emissions have increased and peaked, reaching numbers higher than ever before. Our food choices have the potential to massively influence environmental changes, which is why the pollution from meat production is such a prominent and argued topic today. Our planet's water, soil, air and other species all suffer from the industrialized production of beef. The most important aspect is the acknowledgment and lack-there-of of to the negative aspects and environmental impacts that meat production has on our environment, and how it will likely pan out in the future if important strides are not made in attempts to preserve our world as we know it.

Bittman, Mark. “Rethinking the Meat-Guzzler.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 26 Jan. 2008, www.nytimes.com/2008/01/27/weekinreview/27bittman.html.

The demand for meat has spiked drastically over the past decade. Because of new technologies and alternative ways to feed livestock in the most cost efficient way with highest potential output possible, meat has become increasingly popular. Indoor facilities that house the animals are great contributors to energy burning, increase pollution in water
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